Residents of Victoria Benefit from Important Investments in Arts and Culture and Official Languages

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $2.6 million to 14 arts and culture and official-language organizations in Victoria

VICTORIA, June 16, 2017 /CNW/ - Dan Ruimy, Member of Parliament (Pitt Meadows–Maple Ridge), today announced important investments in Victoria's arts and culture sector, as well as in official languages. Mr. Ruimy made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The Government of Canada has provided a total of $2,614,657 through six programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This funding will support a wide range of activities and projects across Victoria, including local festivals, museum exhibitions, cultural infrastructure, support for and promotion of official languages, and intercultural engagement (see attached backgrounder for additional information).

Continued investments in arts and culture help build vibrant and connected 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 government is also proud to provide funding to help support and enhance the vitality of the Francophone community in British Columbia.

Quotes

"Our government understands that by supporting community-based arts, culture and heritage activities, we are creating not only moments for shared experiences for Canadians, but also opportunities to celebrate our diverse culture, enrich our neighbourhoods, build cross-cultural understanding and take pride in where we live. We are also proud to provide funding to the Francophone community in British Columbia, which will support the vitality of our official languages in the province."

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"These investments will promote engagement and inclusion, strengthen the importance of creativity in the local economy and reaffirm the value of the arts throughout our provincial capital. I am delighted that this funding will not only enhance the quality of life for Victorians, but also allow them to participate fully in the cultural life of our province."

—Dan Ruimy, Member of Parliament (Pitt Meadows–Maple Ridge)

"Historic theatres, like Victoria's Royal Theatre, are beautiful and graceful. They need to be technically up to date to be assets in their modern communities. Only with the assistance of Canadian Heritage can we take the necessary leap forward to provide 21st‑century technology in our 19th-century-styled facility."

—Lloyd Fitzsimonds, Executive Director, Royal and McPherson Theatres

"In its very early days, Dance Victoria was encouraged by Canadian Heritage to think bigger—and to make the transition from project support to operating support by enhancing our programming. We have appreciated the foresight of Canadian Heritage in its objective to provide a multiplicity of professional artistic experiences to the Canadian public. Certainly Victoria is a richer, more vibrant community because of support like this."

—Stephen White, Executive Producer, Dance Victoria

"Financial support from Canadian Heritage is of vital importance to us and to Francophone community organizations across British Columbia. This funding has a positive long-term impact on the vitality and capacity of our community, allowing us to provide a range of services and activities for Francophones and Francophiles in the area."

—Pauline Gobeil, President, Board of Directors, Société francophone de Victoria

Quick Facts

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program increases opportunities for local artists, artisans, heritage performers or specialists to be involved in their community through festivals, events and projects. It also allows groups to commemorate their local history and heritage.

The Canada Arts Presentation Fund provides financial assistance to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series, as well as organizations that offer support to arts presenters. Through the Fund, Canadians have access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities.

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation. The fund supports the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, as well as the acquisition of specialized equipment.

The Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Funding Program supports the socio-economic integration of individuals and communities and helps them contribute to building an integrated, socially cohesive society.

The Museums Assistance Program supports heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections. The program fosters the preservation of Indigenous culture and facilitates access to heritage collections for all Canadians. It also promotes professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions.

The Official Languages Funding Programs promote French and English in Canadian society and encourage the development of minority Francophone and Anglophone communities.

Associated Links

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1455310870059/1455310944929

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1452621893765

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1455203896312/1455204007503

Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Funding Program

http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1469471366741/1469565028706

Museums Assistance Program

http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1456325095980

Official Languages Funding Programs

http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1458588016752

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

http://aggv.ca

Assemblée francophone des retraité(e)s et ainé(e)s de la Colombie-Britannique (French only)

http://www.afracb.ca

Belfry Theatre Society

http://www.belfry.bc.ca

Capital Regional District – Royal Theatre

http://www.rmts.bc.ca/royal-theatre

Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society

https://thecastle.ca

Dance Victoria Society

https://dancevictoria.com

India Canada Cultural Association of Victoria

http://www.iccavictoria.com

Maritime Museum of British Columbia

http://mmbc.bc.ca

Société francophone de Victoria

http://www.francocentre.com/a-propos/our-services

Société radio communautaire Victoria (French only)

http://www.cilsfm.ca

Theatre SKAM Association

http://www.skam.ca

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society

http://www.vircs.bc.ca

Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival

http://www.victoriafilmfestival.com

Victoria Symphony Society

https://victoriasymphony.ca

 

Data Tables – Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

 





City

Name of Organization

Name of Activity

Amount

Victoria

Victoria Symphony Society

Symphony in the Summer

$29,700

Victoria

India Canada Cultural Association of Victoria

8th Annual Victoria India Mela

$4,700



TOTAL:

$34,400

 

Data Tables – Canada Arts Presentation Fund





City

Name of Organization

Name of Activity

Amount

Victoria

Belfry Theatre Society

SPARK Festival

$100,000

Victoria

Dance Victoria Society

Dance at the Royal Series, Dance Days Festival

$340,000

Victoria

Theatre SKAM Association

SKAMpede

$10,000

Victoria

Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival

Victoria Film Festival

$45,000



TOTAL:

$495,000

 

Data Tables – Canada Cultural Spaces Fund





City

Name of Organization

Name of Activity

Amount

Victoria

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

AGGV Construction Document Project

$436,373

Victoria

Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society

Visitor Centre Renovation

$250,000

Victoria

Capital Regional District

Royal Theatre Upgrade

$400,000



TOTAL:

$1,086,373

 

Data Tables – Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Funding Program





City

Name of Organization

Name of Activity

Amount

Victoria

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society

Youth Strides Summer Camp

$7,000



TOTAL:

$7,000

 

Data Tables – Museums Assistance Program





City

Name of Organization

Name of Activity

Amount

Victoria

Maritime Museum of British Columbia

S.S. Princess Sophia Travelling Exhibition

$190,884



TOTAL:

$190,884

 

Data Tables – Official Languages Funding Programs





City

Name of Organization

Name of Activity

Amount

Victoria

Assemblée francophone des retraité(e)s et ainé(e)s de la Colombie-Britannique

2017–19 programming

$80,000

Victoria

Société francophone de Victoria

2017–22 programming

$550,000

Victoria

Société radio communautaire Victoria

2017–20 programming

$129,000

Victoria

Société francophone de Victoria

21st Festival de la francophonie 2018

$32,000

Victoria

Société radio communautaire Victoria

Mon histoire francophone en Colombie-Britannique

$10,000



TOTAL:

$801,000

 

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only): 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, pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca

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