Canada and Ontario support cultural infrastructure
CAMBRIDGE, ON, May 21 /CNW/ - Residents of Cambridge will soon benefit
from a new performing arts complex, thanks to a joint investment by the city
and the governments of Canada and Ontario.
The project includes three key components: the construction of a
state-of-the-art, year-round performing arts complex in Cambridge; the
consolidation of Drayton Entertainment's production and administration
facilities in one multi-functional environment; and technical upgrades to
several of Drayton Entertainment's existing six Ontario venues.
Several prominent locations are being considered by the city, Drayton and
its partners. The complex will feature a 500-600-seat performance venue
capable of presenting a variety of live theatrical performances and enabling
community-based cultural, educational and social events.
Drayton Entertainment's new centralized office will house theatrical
components and serve as a production hub, including set construction, props,
audio, carpentry, costumes, administration, call centre, rehearsal space, and
housing for artistic personnel to support future growth.
This project will have a significant cultural and economic impact on the
surrounding region. A professional theatrical venue will showcase artistic and
cultural activities that celebrate the area's unique heritage, and create a
focal point in the city for the Canadian arts community. The new theatre will
attract development of shops, restaurants and other services, further
enhancing the region as a place in which to live and invest. It will also help
create jobs, attract skilled workers, and generate more visitors to the city.
"Investing in cultural infrastructure is a great way to create jobs,
build stronger communities and forge a creative workforce of tomorrow," said
John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and MPP for
Kitchener-Centre. "This new theatre will be a significant cultural attraction
in the region and the government of Ontario is pleased to be investing with
the city in this exciting project."
"The government of Canada is investing in cultural infrastructure
initiatives that develop and promote Canada's rich cultural heritage," said
Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and MP for
Cambridge. "A new arts complex is a welcomed venue to showcase artistic and
cultural activities from the city and surrounding area. This is a fine example
of how we are supporting infrastructure that will contribute to the city's
downtown core and will benefit Cambridge residents."
"We are pleased to see this multi-government partnership move forward
that will build on the richness of the arts and culture cluster here in
Cambridge. It supports our economic development strategy and continues to
strengthen our creative community. The investment will have a tremendous
economic impact on the community and the surrounding area," said Cambridge
Mayor Doug Craig.
"This is truly a groundbreaking day for our organization. This project is
unique in that its impact will directly pay dividends for multiple communities
in Ontario and also elevate Drayton Entertainment's ability to develop
exciting new artistic opportunities that will have both national and
international significance," said Drayton Entertainment's Artistic Director
Alex Mustakas. We are pleased to partner with the Federal Government, Province
of Ontario, and City of Cambridge in a project that will provide tremendous
economic, social, and cultural benefits."
The governments of Canada and Ontario are each investing a maximum
contribution of $6 million, with the City of Cambridge providing funding of $6
million, for a total investment of $18 million for this exciting project.
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IMPROVING CULTURAL INFRASTRUCTURE IN CAMBRIDGE
Infrastructure investment stimulates economic growth, creates jobs,
supports stronger communities and enhances the overall prosperity of
This project will see the construction of a 15,000 square foot,
500-600-seat performing arts complex in the historic downtown section of Galt;
a 65,000 square foot facility to support Drayton Entertainment administration
and production; and technical upgrades to several of Drayton Entertainment's
six existing Ontario venues.
This collaborative funding initiative with the City of Cambridge, the
Ontario Government and the Government of Canada, will help revitalize the
downtown core and contribute greatly to the quality of life in the city.
Cambridge will become a focal point for the Canadian arts community,
showcasing artistic and cultural activities that celebrate the Cambridge
area's unique heritage. It will also help create jobs, attract skilled
workers, and generate more visitors to the city.
This project has been identified as a priority for funding and as such,
both the federal and provincial government will each set aside $6 million or
two-thirds of the total cost. The City of Cambridge will also contribute $6
million to the $18 million total cost.
In the summer of 2008, Ontario signed the Building Canada Plan Framework
Agreement with the federal government. Under this agreement, Ontario receives
$3.09 billion as part of the Building Canada Fund. The Government of Ontario's
matching contribution results in a $6-billion investment towards revitalizing
the province's infrastructure.
Federal and provincial financial support for this project is conditional
on it meeting all applicable eligibility and approval requirements under the
Building Canada infrastructure plan and the signing of a contribution
The Government of Canada's 2009 Economic Action Plan is accelerating and
expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure
across Canada with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding
over two years.
Through the 2009 Ontario Budget - Confronting the Challenge: Building Our
Economic Future - the province is investing $32.5 billion in infrastructure
for the province of Ontario over the next two years, including a $5 billion
contribution from the federal government that will support more than 300,000
jobs and strengthen Ontario's economy. These investments build on the
government's five-year, $30 billion ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment
plans, which will be completed in 2008-09, a full year ahead of schedule.
For further information:
For further information: Amy Tang, Office of the Honourable George
Smitherman, Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, (416) 327-6747; Chris Day,
Office of the Honourable John Baird, Infrastructure Canada, (613) 991-0700