Ontario Strengthening Cultural Attractions



    McGuinty Government Investing In Cultural Industry, Boosting Economy

    TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is boosting the economy by investing in its world-class cultural
attraction agencies to support the innovative programming and collections that
attract millions of visitors and to help Ontario compete on the international
stage.
    The Province is providing more than $43 million in new funding this year
to six cultural attraction agencies in the Greater Toronto Area, including:

    
    - the Art Gallery of Ontario
    - the McMichael Canadian Art Collection
    - the Ontario Heritage Trust
    - the Ontario Science Centre
    - the Royal Botanical Gardens
    - the Royal Ontario Museum
    

    As part of today's announcement, $25 million represents a new, permanent
increase to the annual operating funding for these agencies, the first
increase in over a decade.

    QUOTES

    "The world-class facilities, collections and programs of Ontario's
cultural agencies raise the global profile of the province by showcasing the
best of our cultural diversity and creativity. This investment enhances our
cultural industry and helps deliver new and dynamic programming that will
attract visitors and boost the economy."
    - Culture Minister, Aileen Carroll

    QUICK FACTS

    
    - This investment increases Ontario's commitment to its GTA cultural
      attraction agencies from $56 million to $81 million annually - a 45%
      increase.

    - Ontario's cultural attraction agencies collectively attract more than
      three million visitors and generate $4.5 billion annually.

    LEARN MORE

    Visit:
    The Art Gallery of Ontario (http://www.ago.net/)
    The McMichael Canadian Art Collection (http://www.mcmichael.com/)
    The Ontario Heritage Trust (http://www.heritagefdn.on.ca/)
    The Ontario Science Centre (http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/)
    The Royal Botanical Gardens (http://www.rbg.ca/)
    The Royal Ontario Museum (http://www.rom.on.ca/)


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              ONTARIO INVESTING IN CULTURAL ATTRACTION AGENCIES

    The Province is providing more than $43 million in new 2009-10 funding to
six cultural attraction agencies in the Greater Toronto Area. This investment,
part of the 2009 Ontario Budget, increases by 45 per cent the Ontario
government's ongoing annual funding for the following attractions:

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                                                                   09-10 and
                                                       09-10 New    Ongoing
                               08-09 Annual              Annual   New Annual
                                Operating    One-Time  Operating   Operating
                                  Grant      Funding    Increase     Grant
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    Art Gallery of Ontario        $11.5M      $8.6M       $10M      $21.5M
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    McMichael Canadian
    Art Collection                 $3.0M          -      $0.4M       $3.4M
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    Ontario Heritage Trust         $2.6M      $1.4M      $1.6M       $4.2M
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    Ontario Science Centre        $18.2M      $1.1M      $1.6M      $19.8M
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    Royal Botanical Gardens        $1.9M      $0.3M      $2.2M       $4.1M
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    Royal Ontario Museum          $18.8M      $7.2M        $9M      $27.8M
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    Total                           $56M     $18.6M     $24.8M      $80.8M
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                                          New 09-10 Investment
                                                        $43.4M
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    QUOTES

    "With this generous support, the AGO will work to strengthen Ontario's
presence on the world stage, broadly sharing the voice of artists. We will
celebrate our collections, our artistic heritage and our expertise globally
with confidence."
    - A. Charles Baillie, President, Board of Trustees, Art Gallery of
    Ontario

    "Celebrating our internationally-renowned devotion to collecting and
exhibiting Canadian Art, this announcement ensures we will be able to develop
new partnerships and programs to engage audiences at home and abroad."
    - Tom Smart, Executive Director & CEO, McMichael Canadian Art Collection

    "This new support strengthens the Ontario Heritage Trust's capacity to
engage the people of Ontario in an enriched experience of our unique built and
natural heritage."
    - The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chair, Ontario Heritage Trust

    "Today's investment continues the province's strong tradition of
supporting the Ontario Science Centre as a world-renowned agent of learning
and innovation. We will continue to inspire people of all ages in new ways of
understanding and thinking about themselves and the world around them,
enhancing science literacy in Ontario."
    - Lesley Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Science Centre

    "Thanks to this investment, the Royal Botanical Gardens will be able to
achieve and sustain a position of recognized global excellence in the world of
botanical gardens."
    - Mark Runciman, Executive Director, Royal Botanical Gardens

    "This announcement again demonstrates Ontario's commitment to enhancing
the quality of life for its citizens and visitors from around the world. The
Royal Ontario Museum will continue to play a dynamic role in exploring world
cultures and all aspects of the environment as part of this vision."
    - Sal Badali, Chair, Board of Trustees, Royal Ontario Museum


    
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For further information:

For further information: Sarah Petrevan, Minister's Office, (416)
325-1676; Lisa Robart, Communications Branch, (416) 212-3928

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