Investing in Cultural Spaces and Creative Entrepreneurs in Southern Ontario

The Government of Canada provides $5.25 million funding in support of Artscape Daniels Launchpad

TORONTO, April 21, 2017 /CNW/ - Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament (Spadina–Fort-York), today announced $5.25 million in funding from the Government of Canada in support of Artscape Daniels Launchpad in Toronto.

This announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

Artscape Daniels Launchpad will be a multi-use arts hub that will function as an entrepreneur centre, incubator, and co-working facility for artists and cultural workers across a variety of disciplines.

Artscape is receiving $3.5 million from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for the construction of the new facility.

Artscape is also receiving up to $1.75 million from FedDev Ontario under the Investing in Regional Diversification Initiative. This funding will support the expansion of services offered by Artscape, including training and development opportunities for artists and designers, and help in connecting them to small and medium-sized enterprises in rural and urban areas to help enhance their products. This new program is expected to create 25 jobs and engage over 5,200 participants.

Budget 2017 puts Canada's skilled, talented, and creative people at the heart of a more innovative future economy—one that will create middle-class jobs today and tomorrow. This investment is an example of that vision in action.


"Investing in Canada's cultural sector helps create jobs for the middle class, strengthens the economy and ensures that Canada's unique perspective is shared with the world."

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"Canada's greatest strength is its skilled, hard-working, creative and diverse workforce. Our Government is committed to supporting innovation and competitiveness on a global scale. This means investing in the people and companies that can generate innovative ideas and strengthen our economy. Today's investment is one way we are advancing our vision of Canada as a global centre for innovation: by supporting the skills of our valuable entrepreneurs and creating jobs for Canadians."

-—The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Canada's cultural infrastructure. Through today's investment, we are leveraging Toronto's unique assets to strengthen southern Ontario's creative cluster. Artscape Launchpad will help connect artists and designers from all corners of southern Ontario to skills training and to the businesses that need their services—all in a state of the art facility."

—Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament (Spadina–Fort York)

"Artscape Daniels Launchpad has been built though a robust set of partnerships that aim to help thousands of creators more fully realize their potential. It is great to have the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario joining forces to help artists and designers, create jobs, and grow the creative economy."

—Tim Jones, CEO, Artscape

Quick Facts

Artscape, established in 1986, is a not-for-profit urban developer and leader in fostering creative spaces, supporting 149 organizations and over 2,600 people in their locations.

Artscape Daniels Launchpad will be located at the Daniels Waterfront – City of the Arts complex, which is currently under construction on the Toronto waterfront.

Artscape Daniels Launchpad will include the expansion of Artscape's Creative Entrepreneurship Development Program, which will provide business-related tools and mentorship to artists and designers.

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund invests in professional not-for-profit arts and heritage organizations for the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, as well as for the acquisition of specialized equipment and the development of feasibility studies related to cultural infrastructure projects.

Since its creation, FedDev Ontario has invested more than $1.6 billion; developed partnerships with over 13,000 organizations; helped leverage additional investments of more than $2.4 billion to support businesses, organizations and communities; and worked closely with partners, stakeholders, investors and communities to improve local economic conditions and create new opportunities.

Budget 2017 proposed to invest $300 million over 10 years to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to help support the development of Canadian talent, and promote entrepreneurship in the arts and cultural communities. These investments across Canada will help create jobs, boost economic activity, strengthen communities and celebrate Canada's rich cultural scene.

Associated Links

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

Investing in Regional Diversification Initiative

Artscape Launchpad


SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only): Rachel Rappaport, Press Secretary (interim), Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155,; Media Relations, FedDev Ontario, 416-954-6652, 1-866-593-5505,,


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