Canada's New Government and the Government of Quebec announce financial support for the expansion of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts



    MONTREAL, Oct. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's New Government will support the
construction of a new pavilion for Canadian art at the Montreal Museum of Fine
Arts (MMFA) with a federal contribution of up to 50% of eligible costs, up to
a maximum of $13 million under the Building Canada infrastructure plan. The
Government of Quebec has also confirmed its financial commitment for this
project for an amount of $13 million over three years. The Honourable Lawrence
Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and the
Honourable Michael M. Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government
Services, along with Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture, Communications
and the Status of Women, made this announcement today, in the presence of the
Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay.
    The Government of Canada's contribution will be targeted to the
restoration of the nave of the Erskine and American Church, in order to
transform it into a concert, conference and banquet hall. The MMFA will build
a Canadian art pavilion adjacent to the church to include six new exhibition
halls.
    "Canada's New Government is implementing its Building Canada
infrastructure plan, which ensures access to quality infrastructure," said
Minister Cannon. "As part of the plan, our government recognizes the
importance of preserving, developing and improving access to culture. Today's
announcement is one more example of the Government of Canada's strong
commitment to cities and communities with respect to their infrastructure
needs."
    "Our government is supporting the development of strong, safe and
prosperous communities by modernizing and developing our public
infrastructure," noted Minister Fortier. "Our government's support for the
expansion of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is a concrete example of the
importance we give to the expression of culture in all its manifestations."
    "Major museums need space to exhibit the new works of art that they
acquire each year. This is why the Government of Quebec is proud to contribute
to the additions that will permit these premises to generate a new momentum
for the institution they shelter," said Quebec's Minister of Culture,
Communications and the Status of Women, Christine St-Pierre.
    "We are so happy that this project which we've nurtured for some time now
can finally come to life. We sincerely thank the Governments of Canada and
Quebec for supporting the construction and development costs of our future
Canadian art pavilion. We are also pleased because this partnership makes way
for private sector participation which will assume the additional operating
costs needed for of the pavilion. Thanks to this announcement, we will be able
to start the work at the beginning of 2008 so that the opening of the Museum's
4th pavilion coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Museum, in 2010,"
said Bernard Lamarre, Chairman of the Council of the Montreal Museum of Fine
Arts.
    Financial support for the project is conditional on the signing of a
framework agreement with the province of Quebec under the Building Canada
infrastructure plan. Funding is also conditional upon the completion of a
federal due diligence review of the project, the successful completion of
environmental assessments required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Act, and the signing of a contribution agreement outlining the project
details.
    Through its unprecedented $33 billion Building Canada plan, the
government will provide stable, predictable and long-term funding to meet
infrastructure needs all across Canada. Building Canada will support a
stronger, safer and better Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of
Minister Cannon, (613) 991-0700; Jacques C. Gagnon, Director of
Communications, Office of Minister Fortier, (819) 997-5421; Infrastructure
Canada, (613) 948-1148; Marie-Hélène Paradis, Press secretary, Office of the
Minister of Culture, Communications and Status of Women, (418) 380-2310;
Danielle Champagne, Director of Communications, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts,
(514) 285-1600, ext 194


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