Canada's new government supports new Kinnear centre for creativity and innovation at the Banff centre



    BANFF, AB, Oct. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of
Industry, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, today announced Canada's New Government will
consider the development of the Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation
at The Banff Centre as a priority for funding of one-third of total eligible
costs, up to a maximum of $15 million, under Building Canada, the new
long-term infrastructure plan of Canada's New Government. The total cost of
the centre is estimated at approximately $65 million.
    "Canada's New Government is investing in priority infrastructure projects
that support a growing economy, a cleaner environment, and stronger
communities," said Minister Prentice. "The Kinnear Centre for Creativity and
Innovation will provide a multi-disciplinary environment that will help
preserve, develop and enhance access to culture and heritage for Canadians."
    The Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation will include more than
21,000 square feet of rehearsal and performance, learning, and meeting spaces
that will engage visitors to support culture. There will also be informal
gallery spaces among the building's three levels to showcase the work of Banff
Centre artists, who come from across Canada and around the world. The new
centre will magnify The Banff Centre's local, national, and global impact on
arts, culture and education.
    "This extraordinary investment by the Government of Canada acknowledges
the essential role that The Banff Centre plays in fueling creativity,
supporting economic growth, and enriching Canadian culture," said Mary
Hofstetter, the Centre's president and chief executive officer. "Thanks to the
support of Ministers Prentice and Cannon, and The Banff Centre's Campaign
Cabinet, The Kinnear Centre will provide fertile ground for the next
generation of Canadian artists and leaders."
    Financial support for the project is conditional on the successful
negotiation of agreements with the Province of Alberta under Building Canada.
It is also conditional on a federal due diligence review of the project, the
successful completion of an environmental assessment, and the signing of a
contribution agreement.
    Through its unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure
plan, the Government of Canada will provide long-term, stable and predictable
funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada will
support a stronger, safer and better Canada. Over the last several months, the
Government of Canada has met with provinces, territories and the municipal
sector to discuss the Building Canada infrastructure plan and priority
projects to be funded under the plan.

    The Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation is part of the Banff
Centre Revitalization Project. The most significant development in the
Centre's 74-year history, the project includes the multidisciplinary
facilities, a $20-million increase in program and scholarship endowments,
outdoor performance spaces, a dining centre, and campus greening projects.




For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700;  Debra
Hornsby, Director of Communications, The Banff Centre, (403) 762-6333;
Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148


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