Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

March 17, 2008 19:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Burlington Performing Arts Centre

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 17, 2008) - Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that the Government of Canada will consider the construction of a performing arts centre in Burlington as a priority for funding under the Building Canada infrastructure plan. MP Wallace was joined by Cam Jackson, Mayor of Burlington, for the announcement.

The contribution from Building Canada would be up to one-third of total eligible costs, to a maximum of $1.5 million.

The multi-purpose facility will include a main theatre to accommodate theatrical and musical productions, a studio theatre to be used for community presentations, and a lobby that would serve as a venue for receptions, exhibitions, corporate functions and civic events.

"The Government of Canada is investing in cultural infrastructure projects that help generate economic growth and attract skilled workers and tourists," said MP Wallace. "A new performing arts centre in Burlington will be an engaging venue for people from the community and surrounding areas to participate in artistic and cultural activities."

"Mike Wallace has worked tirelessly to make our Performing Arts Centre a reality," said Mayor Jackson. "We appreciate all his efforts to secure our full federal funding request. This is really good news! We look forward to a positive matching provincial announcement in the next few weeks."

Federal financial support for the construction of the performing arts centre is conditional on the initiative meeting all applicable federal eligibility requirements under the Building Canada infrastructure plan, including full due diligence, successful completion of an environment assessment, and successful negotiation of a Framework Agreement with the Province of Ontario, as well as confirmation of the balance of funding for the project.

Through its unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is providing long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada is supporting a stronger, safer and better country.

For further information on the Building Canada plan, visit www.buildingcanada.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities
    Karine White
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148