EDMUNDSTON, NB, Oct. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt,
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of
Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche, today announced $750,000 in
funding for the City of Edmundston to renovate the Salle Léo-Poulin. He
made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the
Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency). Minister Valcourt was accompanied by the Mayor of Edmunston,
Cyrille Simard, and the New Brunswick Minister of Social Development,
"Our Government is proud to invest in upgrades to the Salle Léo-Poulin,"
said Minister Valcourt on behalf of Minister Glover and Minister Moore.
"This announcement demonstrates our Government's commitment to
supporting the cultural vitality of our communities and the economic
growth of our regions. Updates to the equipment at the Salle Léo-Poulin
will provide residents and visitors alike with rich cultural
experiences and access to high-quality entertainment."
Upgrades to the Salle Léo-Poulin, the largest of its kind in the region,
will mean major entertainment events can be presented there in
conditions that meet industry standards. As a result of this
investment, the City of Edmundston will be able to bring the theatre up
to today's security standards; install better sound, projection and
lighting systems; and add an air-quality system. The Salle Léo-Poulin's
primary presenter, the Centre des arts la petite-église d'Edmundston,
will be able to offer a variety of programming on a more regular basis.
"Our Government firmly believes investing in our cultural and community
infrastructures is important to help rebuild New Brunswick's economy,"
said Minister Dubé on behalf of Paul Robichaud, Minister responsible
for the Regional Development Corporation. Our Government's investment
in the Salle Léo-Poulin's modernization project will not only
contribute to the cultural vitality of the City of Edmundston and the
Madawaska region, but will also contribute to the economic development
of the community by attracting more renowned shows and artists."
"Thanks to this funding, the Salle Léo-Poulin will rediscover its place
in our cultural life. This space is vitally important to presenting
quality professional performances and major community shows," said
Mayor of Edmunston Cyrille Simard. "We are very pleased with the
collaboration of three levels of government on this renovation
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $300,000 in 2013-14 to
the City of Edmundston through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The fund seeks to improve
physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or
exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to
performing, visual and media arts and to museum collections and
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency also contributed funding of
$450,000 to this project through the Innovative Communities Fund.
The New Brunswick Government invested $500,000 through the Regional Development Corporation.
Investment from the City of Edmundston also amounts to $500,000.
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SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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City of Edmundston
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