Investing in Opera in Vancouver

The Government of Canada provides funding in support of the Vancouver Opera Foundation

VANCOUVER, May 12, 2017 /CNW/ - Investments in arts and culture help build vibrant communities, allowing our economy to grow, creating good jobs for the middle class, and giving more Canadians the opportunity to experience the performing arts.

The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament (Vancouver Centre), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced a matching grant of $1,077,694 to the Vancouver Opera Foundation, in support of Vancouver Opera.

Continued investments in arts and culture ensure that Canadians enjoy access to the opera, and that performers can showcase their talent.

The Government of Canada is providing this funding to the Vancouver Opera Foundation as part of a matching program to complement existing fundraising efforts of Vancouver Opera. Matching programs like the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund encourage Canadians across the country to donate to professional arts organizations, so that future generations can be exposed to a variety of artistic and cultural performances.


"The Government of Canada is proud to support Vancouver Opera through the Vancouver Opera Foundation. Our government is pleased to make investments in our country's cultural sector, which helps create good jobs for the middle class, strengthens our economy and makes the arts more accessible for all Canadians."

- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"I am delighted to see support for this program. Our Government's matching of funds from local partners and businesses to the Vancouver Opera Foundation's endowment fund will allow Vancouver Opera to continue to offer wonderful performances for residents and visitors here at the Vancouver Playhouse, and at venues across the city."

- The Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament (Vancouver Centre)

"This funding plays an invaluable role in bolstering the Foundation's ability to make grants to key programs and initiatives on offer by Vancouver Opera. This investment from the Government of Canada comes at an opportune time for Vancouver Opera, as this season marks the launch of the company's inaugural Spring Festival, with an exciting roster of traditional and contemporary presentations planned. Support of this nature will play a key role in the Festival's continued growth and success."

- Lis Welch, Chair, Vancouver Opera Foundation

Quick Facts

The Vancouver Opera Foundation administers and distributes funds that support Vancouver Opera's work on the mainstage and in the community. Vancouver Opera is the second largest opera company in Canada. It is renowned worldwide for its fine mainstage productions and for its country-leading education programs. Vancouver Opera engages more than 75,000 audience members each year.

This latest investment brings the total received by Vancouver Opera Foundation through the Endowment Incentives component to more than $5 million since 2001.

Since 2001, the Endowment Incentives component has provided more than $231 million to the endowment funds of 217 arts organizations in Canada, while the private sector has provided $298 million, for a total of more than $529 million.

In 2016-17, the Government of Canada was able to match close to 90 cents for every dollar donated by the private sector through the Endowment Incentives component.

Associated Links


Canada Cultural Investment Fund

Endowment Incentives component

Vancouver Opera


SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations: Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155,


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