The Imperial Tobacco Canada Foundation announces recipients of its Local
Community Donations Program

Six projects in Montreal's South-West community to receive $20,000 for projects that will make a difference in the lives of Montrealers

MONTREAL, July 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Support for start-up businesses in the South West; entrepreneurial training; re-invigorating empty storefronts; a movable food bank; respite for caregivers; integrating seniors with intellectually disabled. These are the six projects selected as recipients of the Imperial Tobacco Canada Foundation Local Community Donations Program.

"This is the core program of the Imperial Tobacco Canada Foundation," said John Clayton, vice president of corporate affairs of Imperial Tobacco Canada and the chair of the Foundation's Board of Directors. "We wanted to make a difference in our own backyard and provide donations that would have a meaningful impact for the organizations working to change Montrealers' lives for the better."

This year, six (6) donations of $20,000 each were available for innovative programs or projects submitted by eligible not-for-profit organizations which meet the selection criteria and are located in and serve the Montreal South West community, including the South-West, Lachine, LaSalle and Verdun.

The recipients of the donations are:

UMA Maison de l'Image et de la Photographie : À LOUER

This project will integrate art into the community by using abandoned and empty store fronts as display areas for works of art by up-and-coming artists.

Maison d'Entraide St-Paul/Émard: Refrigerated truck

The Maison d'Entraide will expand its already innovative approach to food banks with a refrigerated truck that will bring goods to a wider group of customers, especially the elderly.

L'Arche Montreal: Seniors Club des Aînés

This unique integration project will bring seniors from the community together with elderly residents of Arche homes for activities.

Tyndale St-Georges: Starting a Business

Building on a pilot program, this well-planned and thorough curriculum will provide entrepreneurial training primarily to minorities and new Canadians.

Parents et amis du bien-être du Sud Ouest de Montréal: Respite program

A program to offer a break to seniors caring for family members with mental disabilities.

Fondation du Maire de Montréal pour la jeunesse

Support for a bursary program encouraging the development of new businesses in the Montreal South West community.

The Foundation also announced the winner of its highly-regarded Arts Achievement Award, which was launched in 2009.

Chosen from among four nominated dance companies, La Compagnie Marie Chouinard stood out by virtue of its consistent drive for innovation and originality as well as its solid growth and sustainability as an organization.

The Arts Achievement Award of $75,000 is donated to a Canadian arts organization which has made a significant and exemplary contribution to its art form, to the public and to cultural life in Canada over a period of ten years.

Details on the Local Community Program and Arts Achievement Award are available on the website at www.imperialtobaccofoundation.ca.

Established in 2005, the Imperial Tobacco Canada Foundation is a private charitable foundation funded solely by Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited and is responsible for managing the Company's donations programs.

SOURCE Imperial Tobacco Canada Foundation

For further information: For further information: Catherine Doyle, Tel: (514) 932-6161 x2332, Fax: (514) 932-2695, Email: cdoyle@itl.ca

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