Harper Government Invests in Arts and Culture in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region

SAGUENAY, QC, July 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Organizations devoted to arts and culture will stimulate job creation and economic growth in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Member of Parliament (Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for seven new projects in the region and reaffirmed support for an eighth.

"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue to celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous, and free country we are today."

"Thanks to these investments in local cultural organizations, we are helping strengthen the regional economy and enrich the quality of life of its citizens," said Minister Lebel. "These organizations encourage a spirit of innovation, creation, and openness; provide an opportunity for both Canadians and visitors to enjoy artistic and cultural experiences; and promote the development of our artists, our artisans, and our society."

"I am pleased with the recognition and funding from the Government of Canada for the activities of Diffusion Saguenay as it carries out its role as a major multidisciplinary presenter in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean," said Pierre Mazurette, President of Diffusion Saguenay.

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $51,950 through three programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, and the Canada Book Fund. To learn more about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.

BACKGROUNDER

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate the history and heritage of a region.
City Organization Project Amount
Saguenay
(Borough of Jonquière)
Jonquière en musique
Jonquière en musique
$19,400
(announced in April 2012)
Kénogami Vitalisation de Kénogami (CVK) Kénogami en fête $11,600
  TOTAL: $31,000

Canada Arts Presentation Fund
This fund gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.
City Organization Project Amount
Saguenay Diffusion Saguenay Sorties 2012-2013 $10,000
  TOTAL: $10,000

Canada Book Fund
The principal objective of the Canada Book Fund is to ensure access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books in Canada and abroad.
The Fund seeks to achieve this objective by fostering a strong Canadian book industry that publishes and markets Canadian-authored books.
City Organization Project Amount
Saguenay
(Borough of Chicoutimi)
Éditions La Peuplade Stage en édition $10,950
  TOTAL: $10,950

 

SOURCE: Canadian Heritage

For further information:

For more information (media only), please contact:

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of
Canadian Heritage and
Official Languages
819-997-7788

Éric Amyot
Director, Regional Communications
Quebec Region
Canadian Heritage
514-283-4027

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
media@pch.gc.ca

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)


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