Harper Government Invests in Culture in Peterborough

PETERBOROUGH, ON, July 31, 2012 /CNW/ - New investments in Peterborough's arts and culture community will continue to increase tourism, create jobs, and stimulate the economy. Funding for nine cultural projects was announced today by the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

"Today's announcement will help make Peterborough's vibrant arts and culture community even stronger," said Minister Nicholson. "Investments in these organizations will ensure we have access to a variety of artistic and cultural experiences and will generate economic growth in the community."

"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament (Peterborough) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. "Our Government is proud to invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue to celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous, and free country we are today."

The funding will assist a wide variety of organizations in their efforts to strengthen Peterborough's local economy, generate jobs, and enrich the cultural life of its residents. Recipients of support include Peterborough New Dance and Performance, Trent University, Verge Magazine, and the Club Connexion Française.

"Public Energy is pleased to acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund," said Bill Kimball, Artistic Producer of Public Energy. "For many years, this support has been crucial to allowing Public Energy to carry out its mission of being Peterborough's leading performing arts presenter, a cultural catalyst that electrifies the community with powerful programs of dance, theatre, and performance."

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $806,875 through four programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Canada Book Fund, the Canada Periodical Fund, and the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.


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.
City Organization and Project Amount
(Fiscal Year)
Peterborough Peterborough New Dance and Performance - 2012-2013 Season $50,000 (2012-2013)
Peterborough Peterborough Folk Festival Incorporated - Peterborough Folk Festival $10,000 (2012-2013)
$10,000 (2013-2014)
Peterborough Trent University - Babaamikawe…to go about making tracks $20,000 (2012-2013)
    TOTAL: $90,000

Canada Book Fund
The principal objective of the Canada Book Fund is to ensure access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books in Canada and abroad. The Fund seeks to achieve this objective by fostering a strong Canadian book industry that publishes and markets Canadian-authored books.
City Organization and Project Amount
(Fiscal Year)
Peterborough Broadview Press Inc. $251,316 (2011-2012)
    TOTAL: $251,316

Canada Periodical Fund
The Canada Periodical Fund provides financial assistance to Canadian print magazines, non-daily newspapers and digital periodicals to enable them to overcome market disadvantages and continue to provide Canadian readers with the content they choose to read.
City Organization and Project Amount
(Fiscal Year)
Peterborough Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Inc. - Ontario Out of Doors $390,738 (2012-2013)
Peterborough Verge Magazine Inc. - Subscriber Management Project (Digital Edition) $14,047 (2012-2013)
Peterborough Verge Magazine Inc. - Trade Show Expansion Initiative (Print Edition) $25,000 (2012-2013)
Peterborough Verge Magazine Inc. - Verge Magazine (Aid to Publishers) $19,774 (2012-2013)
    TOTAL : $449,559

Development of Official-Language Communities Program
The Development of Official-Language Communities Program is designed to foster the vitality of Canada's French and English-speaking minority communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.
City Organization and Project Amount
(Fiscal Year)
Peterborough Club Connexion Française - 2012-2013 programming $16,000 (2012-2013)
    TOTAL: $16,000


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

Jillian Lum
Manager, Communications Ontario Region
Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

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

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