Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 09, 2008 11:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Mississauga Chinese Arts Festival

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 9, 2008) - Residents and visitors to Mississauga will have an opportunity to take part in the Mississauga Chinese Arts Festival, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Wajid Khan, Member of Parliament (Mississauga-Streetsville), on behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Mississauga Chinese Arts Festival.

The $20,000 in funding will help the Mississauga Board of Chinese Professionals and Businesses showcase Mississauga's Chinese culture and heritage through a variety of artistic performances.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Mississauga Chinese Arts Festival," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage."

"It is important that future generations be aware of their origins and of Canada's rich and diverse heritage," said Mr. Khan. "The Mississauga Chinese Arts Festival will increase pride among members of our community."

"We are very proud to have the 2008 Mississauga Chinese Arts Festival (MCAF) participate in the City of Mississauga's 'My Mississauga' program," said Lily Van, Co-Chair of the 2008 Mississauga Chinese Arts Festival. "We are thankful for the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through its BCAH program, which will help make our 4th annual MCAF a true success in showcasing our Chinese culture and heritage to the local community."

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in events and activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and anniversaries throughout Canada this year.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage, Ontario Region
    Maya Kane
    Manager, Regional Communications
    416 954-661