Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 16, 2009 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Prince Albert Winter Festival

PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2009) - Residents of Prince Albert will have an opportunity to take part in the Prince Albert Winter Festival, thanks in part to an investment by the Government of Canada.

On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament (Prince Albert), today announced funding for the 45th Annual Prince Albert Winter Festival.

Funding of $40,100 will help the Prince Albert Winter Festival Society feature local musical and artistic performances, a children's carnival, and snow sculpture demonstrations during the Festival, which will run from February 9 to 21, 2009.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Prince Albert Winter Festival," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage and strengthen the local economy."

"Local festivals like this one bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to building strong communities," said Mr. Hoback. "I am proud that our Government has taken decisive steps to strengthen our shared sense of heritage."

"The support we obtain from Canadian Heritage is critical to the success of festival events," said Jane Smith, President of the Prince Albert Winter Festival. "We are appreciative of this support that enables the Prince Albert Winter Festival to provide positive traditional experiences that reflect the diverse interests and cultures of the community of Prince Albert. The continued success of the Festival clearly demonstrates the perseverance and commitment of the community."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Francine D. Lefebvre, A/Director
    Regional Communications
    204-983-4367 or Cell: 204-229-5283
    francine.lefebvre@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155