Harper Government Invests in Manitoba's Economy

WINNIPEG, July 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Investments in arts, culture, and official languages are helping boost the economy and create jobs and growth in Manitoba. Support for 23 projects was announced today by Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament (Saint Boniface), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The funding supports a wide range of organizations and projects across the province, including local festivals and cultural organizations that all share the common goal of providing residents of Manitoba with rich cultural experiences. Groups and initiatives receiving support include the Manitoba Theatre for Young People, the Festival du Voyageur, the Manitoba Museum, and Canada's National History Society.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in Manitoba's economic future," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these important projects, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy, boost tourism, and support our arts, culture, heritage, and official languages."

"We know that investing in arts, culture, and Francophone community organizations is key to the economic health of communities throughout Manitoba," said Mrs. Glover. "These investments support a range of activities that will showcase our province's rich culture and heritage to residents and visitors alike."

"The funding will help Gallery One One One achieve its goal of highlighting the visionary work of University of Manitoba artists," said Dr. David T. Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba. "This support is especially welcomed by our trendsetting artists."

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $2,246,561 through seven programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, the Museums Assistance Program, the Development of Official-Language Communities Program, the Enhancement of Official Languages Program, and the Youth Take Charge program. For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.


Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.
Beausejour Brokenhead River Recreation District Commission Town of Beausejour 2012 Centennial Homecoming $32,400
Dauphin Canada's National Ukrainian Festival Inc. Canada's National Ukrainian Festival $18,100
St. Georges Le Comité du Festival Châteauguay Festival Châteauguay $5,800
Lac du Bonnet Fire & Water Music Festival Inc. Fire & Water Music Festival $23,300
Lockport Lockport Community Marketing Corporation* Lockport Dam Family Festival $8,100
Neepawa Neepawa and Area Lily Festival Inc. Neepawa and Area Lily Festival $9,700
Oak Point Oak Point Community Club Inc. Oak Point Music Festival $15,000
Silverton Silverton 125th Homecoming Committee Silverton 125th Homecoming $3,400
  TOTAL: $115,800

Canada Arts Presentation Fund
The Canada Arts Presentation Fund gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.
Winnipeg Festival du Voyageur Inc. Festival du Voyageur 2013 $99,500
Winnipeg Groundswell Inc. GroundSwell Concert Season 2012-2013 $11,000
Winnipeg Manitoba Theatre for Young People Inc. Artistic Canadian Excellence for Young People $68,000
Altona Southern Manitoba Concerts Inc. Arts Alive at Southern Manitoba Concerts $5,500
Winnipeg Winnipeg Aboriginal Film & Video Festival Inc. Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival 2012 $28,000
Winnipeg Aboriginal Music Manitoba Inc. Aboriginal Music Week 2012 $35,000
  TOTAL: $247,000

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.
Winnipeg The Manitoba Museum** The Manitoba Museum Planetarium Upgrade Project $175,000
Winnipeg University of Manitoba School of Art - Gallery One One One $1,000,000
  TOTAL: $1,175,000

Museums Assistance Program
The Museums Assistance Program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.
The Pas Sam Waller Museum Northern Owls Exhibit $4,431
  TOTAL: $4,431

Development of Official-Language Communities Program
The Development of Official-Language Communities Program aims to foster the development of Canada's minority Anglophone and Francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.
Winnipeg Radio communautaire du Manitoba 2012-2013 programming $110,000
Winnipeg Maison des artistes visuels francophones 2012-2013 programming $75,000
  TOTAL: $185,000

Enhancement of Official Languages Program
The Enhancement of Official Languages Program is designed to foster among Canadians a greater understanding and appreciation of the benefits of linguistic duality.
Winnipeg Canadian Parents for French Manitoba Program of activities, 2012-2013 $149,330
Winnipeg Canadian Parents for French Manitoba LIFE (Linking Immigrants to French and English) in Manitoba - LIFE in MB $25,000
Winnipeg Union nationale métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba Inc.* Dialogue avec le public - Là où se rencontrent le violon, la cornemuse et trois tambours $45,000
  TOTAL: $219,330

Youth Take Charge
The Youth Take Charge program supports youth-led projects and is getting young Canadians involved in a range of activities designed to strengthen their knowledge and attachment to Canada.
Winnipeg Canada's National History Society Jeunes Citoyens/ Young Citizens $300,000
  TOTAL: $300,000


* First time receiving Canadian Heritage funding for the organization
** First time funding recipient under the program


SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information:

For more information (media only), please contact:

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Francine D. Lefebvre
Regional Communications
Prairies and Northern Region
Canadian Heritage
Tel.: 204-983-4367
Cell: 204-899-8611

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)


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