Harper Government Invests in Arts, Culture, Official Languages in the Québec City Region and Eastern Quebec

QUÉBEC CITY, July 23, 2012 /CNW/ - New investments in arts, culture, and official languages will promote economic growth in the Québec City region and in Eastern Quebec. Support for 78 projects was announced today by Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament (Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, for Official Languages and for the Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec. Mr. Gourde made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

This funding will support a wide variety of organizations and projects that share the goal of supporting official languages and arts and culture in Canada. Among the organizations and projects receiving funding are the Musée maritime du Québec, the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec, the Festival Celtique de Québec, and the Théâtre Périscope.

"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."

"By supporting local organizations dedicated to the development of arts and culture and to the promotion of linguistic duality, our Government is helping stimulate the regional economy and enrich the quality of life of its citizens," said Mr. Gourde. "Our Government will continue to support organizations that contribute to the vitality of the communities they serve."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $2,613,874 through the following programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Development of Official-Languages Communities Program, Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage, the Museums Assistance Program, the Canada Book Fund, the Canada Cultural Investment Fund: Strategic Initiatives Component, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, and the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.

BACKGROUNDER

Development of Official-Language Communities Program
This program seeks to foster the vitality of Canada's French- and English-speaking minority communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.
Municipality Organization Project Amount
(fiscal year)
Grosse-Île Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders / Conseil pour les anglophones madelinots Program funding 2012-2014 $182,000 (2012-2013)
Grosse-Île Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders / Conseil pour les anglophones madelinots Tourism Development for the English-speaking community of Grosse-Île: Showcasing the Historical Sites of Grosse-Île $21,497 (2012-2013)
Métis-sur-Mer Heritage Lower St. Lawrence Program funding 2012-2013 $60,000 (2012-2013)
Métis-sur-Mer Heritage Lower St. Lawrence The Past is Present $25,800 (2012-2013)
Métis-sur-Mer Heritage Lower St. Lawrence Community Resource Centre $33,619 (2012-2013)
New Carlisle C.A.S.A. Committee for Anglophone Social Action Youth get connected $39,551 (2012-2013)
New Richmond Gaspesian British Heritage Village Community Voices Centre at the Gaspesian British Heritage Village $40,677 (2012-2013)
New Richmond Gaspesian British Heritage Village Building Bridges Through Art: Promoting intercultural dialogue and fostering mutual understanding $49,500 (2012-2013)
Québec City Literary and Historical Society of Quebec QuePlace: Mapping Québec City's Anglophone Stories and Histories Through Time $81,700 (2012-2013)
Québec City Voice of English-speaking Quebec Art for All, All for Art Project $53,600 (2012-2013)
Québec City Literary and Historical Society of Quebec The Common Folk: Exploring the Social History of Quebec City's English-Speaking Community $17,686 (2012-2013)
Québec City Voice of English-speaking Quebec Bridging communities and generations through local heritage and history - A joint initiative by VEQ and MCDC $38,500 (2012-2013)
Québec City Association canadienne d'éducation de langue française (ACELF) Ma vie en français, j'peux t'en parler! $28,000 (2012-2014)
Québec City Association canadienne d'éducation de langue française (ACELF) Communautés de rêve $235,000 (2012-2013)
Rivière-Saint-Paul Coasters Association of the Lower North Shore Program funding 2012-2013 $200,000 (2012-2013)
Rivière-Saint-Paul Coasters Association of the Lower North Shore Community Expressions $41,300 (2012-2013)
  Total: $1,148,430

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 local history and heritage.
Municipality Organization Project Amount
(fiscal year)
Alma La Boîte à Bleuets Tam Tam Macadam $14,400 (2012-2013)
Alma Festivalma Festirame $21,500 (2012-2013)
Baie-Saint-Paul Le Festif! Le Festif! de Baie-Saint-Paul $12,700 (2012-2013)
Carleton-sur-Mer Maximum Blues de Carleton Le Festival international Maximum Blues $8,200 (2012-2013)
Château-Richer Arts et Reflets Arts et Reflets de Château-Richer $3,200 (2012-2013)
Donnacona Comité de revitalisation du centre-ville de Donnacona Donnacona au Rythme du blues $10,700 (2012-2013)
Gaspé Centre communautaire Douglas Semaine irlandaise de Douglastown $3,000 (2012-2013)
Grande-Entrée Fondation « Willie Déraspe » pour le Centre d'interprétation du phoque Festival du homard $9,100 (2012-2013)
Kinnear's Mills Héritage Kinnear's Mills Festival de musique Celtique $4,000 (2012-2013)
La Baie Les Grandes Veillées de La Baie Les Grandes Veillées 2012 - 6th edition $20,700 (2012-2013)
La Trinité-des-Monts Événement Country Western Événement Country Western $4,600 (2012-2013)
Labrecque Festival Country de Labrecque Festival Country de Labrecque $15,500 (2012-2013)
Laurier-Station Office de tourisme de Lotbinière Les Balades d'automne en Lotbinière $2,600 (2012-2013)
Listuguj Le Listuguj Pow-Wow Committee Listuguj Traditional Pow-wow $13,300 (2012-2013)
Mashteuiatsh Pekuakamiunuatsh Takuhikan Grand rassemblement des Premières Nations $42,400 (2012-2013)
Matane Éole en musique Festival Éole en musique $8,800 (2012-2013)
Matane Les Grandes Fêtes du Saint-Laurent Les Grandes Fêtes du St-Laurent $20,100 (2012-2013)
Mont-Joli Corporation des événements spéciaux de Mont-Joli La Fresqu'Ô Fête $6,600 (2012-2013)
Natashquan Le Festival du conte et de la légende de l'Innucadie Festival du conte et de la légende de l'Innucadie $4,800 (2012-2013)
New Richmond Gaspesian British Heritage Village New Richmond Bluegrass Festival $10,000 (2012-2013)
Pohénégamook Pohénégamook haut en saveurs Pohénégamook haut en saveurs $12,100 (2012-2013)
Québec City Festival Celtique de Québec Festival Celtique de Québec $24,700 (2012-2013)
Québec City Société du festival choral, patrimonial et culturel de Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse Festival choral, patrimonial et culturel de Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse $5,000 (2012-2013)
Québec City Festival d'été OFF Festival OFF de Québec $18,500 (2012-2013)
Québec City Maison de production artistique et culturelle africaine Festival des journées d'Afrique : Danses et rythmes du monde de Québec $3,800 (2012-2013)
Rimouski Société d'agriculture du comté de Rimouski Exposition agricole de Rimouski $6,900 (2012-2013)
Rivière-du-Loup Patrimoine en spectacle Rivière-du-Loup en 3 actes $,4900 (2012-2013)
Roberval La Traversée internationale du Lac St-Jean inc. La Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean $13,800 (2012-2013)
Saint-Anselme Expo B.B.Q. Expo B.B.Q. Bellechasse $2,400 (2012-2013)
Saint-Antonin Rodéo country Rivière-du-Loup inc. Festival Country St-Antonin $10,300 (2012-2013)
Sainte-Anne-des-Monts Comité d'aménagement et de développement économique des rues principales de Sainte-Anne-des-Monts Fête du bois flotté $20,700 (2012-2013)
Sainte-Louise Centre des Loisirs de Ste-Louise Festival du Père Zim $4,800 (2012-2013)
Saint-Eugène-de-Ladrière La Fête de la Forêt La Fête de la Forêt $6,300 (2012-2013)
Saint-Jean-Port-Joli Biennale internationale de la sculpture sur bois en taille directe de Saint-Jean-Port-Joli La Biennale de sculpture de Saint-Jean-Port-Joli $4,600 (2012-2013)
Saint-Julien Festival des foins de St Julien Festival des foins de St-Julien $3,900 (2012-2013)
Saint-Laurent-Île-d'Orléans Musiqu'art et Culture L'Événement l'Île en Blues $6,600 (2012-2013)
Saint-Marcellin Association pour le développement de St-Marcellin Feste médiévale de St-Marcellin $3,900 (2012-2013)
Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux Festival le Riverain Festival Le Riverain $4,600 (2012-2013)
Saint-Nazaire-du-Lac-Saint-Jean Saint-Nazaire en fête Saint-Nazaire en fête $4,400 (2012-2013)
Saint-Nicolas Corporation Du Village En Arts (Symposium) Village en Arts $4,100 (2012-2013)
Saint-Pamphile Festival du Bûcheux de Saint-Pamphile Festival du Bûcheux de St-Pamphile $20,300 (2012-2013)
Saint-Pascal Le Centre Social de St-Pascal Festival Bonjour la visite $8,600 (2012-2013)
Saint-Prosper Nashville en Beauce Nashville en Beauce $17,700 (2012-2013)
Saint-Raymond Festival Forestier St-Raymond - La Grosse Bûche Festival Forestier St-Raymond - La Grosse Bûche $47,400 (2012-2013)
Saint-Sylvestre Société d'agriculture du comté de Lotbinière Expo de Lotbinière $19,900 (2012-2013)
Shigawake Bonaventure Agricultural Society Division A Shigawake Music Festival de Musique $19,200 (2012-2013)
Thetford Mines Le Festival de la relève de Thetford Mines Festival Promutuel de la relève de Thetford Mines $13,800 (2012-2013)
Trois-Pistoles Mandaterre.org Échofête, festival environnemental $12,500 (2012-2013)
Trois-Pistoles Centre international du loisir culturel de Trois-Pistoles Le Rendez-vous Basque $2,500 (2012-2013)
  Total: $564,400

Museums Assistance Program
This program provides financial assistance to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that promote the excellence of their activities and provide access to the treasures of our collective heritage.
Municipality Organization Project Amount
(fiscal year)
Gaspé Le Réseau muséal et patrimonial de la Gaspésie (RMPG) Coaching professionnel entre les institutions muséales gaspésiennes $14,600 (2012-2013)
Grand-Métis Les Amis des Jardins de Métis inc. Entreposage et saine gestion de la collection des Amis des Jardins de Métis $24,036 (2012-2013)
L'Islet Musée maritime du Québec Expédition : L'Arctique $15,000 (2012-2013)
Québec City Les Augustines de la Miséricorde de Jésus de l'Hôtel-Dieu de Québec Le regroupement des collections des Augustines de la Miséricorde de Jésus dans le Lieu de mémoire habité des Augustines: consultations, mise en commun $7,608 (2012-2013)
  Total: $61,244

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 viable Canadian book industry that publishes and markets Canadian-authored books.
Municipality Organization Project Amount
(fiscal year)
Québec City Librairies indépendantes du Québec Entrepôt physique et campagne de promotion $75,000 (2011-2012)
Bonaventure Livres en fête! Événement littéraire de la Gaspésie et des Îles-de-la-Madeleine Livres en fête! Événement littéraire de la Gaspésie et des Îles-de-la-Madeleine $10,000 (2012-2013)
Québec City Salon international du livre de Québec Salon international du livre de Québec 2013 et 2014 $120,000 (2012-2013)
  Total: $205,000

Canada Cultural Investment Fund: Strategic Initiatives Component
The Strategic Initiative Component provides funding for initiatives supported by multiple partners and impacting multiple organizations. Supported projects help arts and heritage organizations build and diversify their revenue streams and strengthen their management capacities/ business competencies. 
Municipality Organization Project Amount
(fiscal year)
Québec City Société du réseau Économusée Partage d'expertise et perfectionnement de nos sociétés partenaires et futurs prospects $80,000 (2012-2013)
Ste-Anne-des-Monts Exploramer Plan d'action marketing et de commercialisation $260,000 (2012-2014)
  Total: $340,000

Canada Arts Presentation Fund
The 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.
Municipality Organization Project Amount
(fiscal year)
Montmagny Carrefour mondial de l'accordéon à Montmagny Carrefour mondial de l'accordéon $80,000 (2012-2013)
Québec City Théâtre Périscope 2012-2013 season $54,000 (2012-2013)
Rivière-du-Loup Corporation du Centre culturel de la Région de Rivière-du-Loup C'est meilleur en vrai. $60,000 (2012-2013)
  Total: $194,000

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
This fund seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.
Municipality Organization Project Amount
(fiscal year)
Rivière-du-Loup Corporation du Centre culturel de Rivière-du-Loup Mise à niveau des équipements $100,800 (2012-2013)
  Total: $100,800

Grand total for all programs: $2,613,874

  

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

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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