The Government of Canada provides funding in support of Glenaladale Heritage Trust Inc.
TRACADIE CROSS, PE, April 11, 2018 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament (Cardigan), today announced $705,000 in funding to allow Glenaladale Heritage Trust Inc. to acquire the Glenaladale Estate in Tracadie Bay, Prince Edward Island. This support is provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
The historic Glenaladale Estate is an invaluable cultural asset to Prince Edward Island. Acquiring the 523‑acre estate acquisition will help Glenaladale Heritage Trust protect and preserve the site, educate the public about the province's Scottish heritage and promote arts and culture in the region.
Through Budget 2016, the Government of Canada dedicated an unprecedented $168.2 million to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund over two years. This was followed by an additional $300 million over 10 years for the Fund in Budget 2017.
"Arts and culture are at the heart of our communities, and our government is committed to investing in Canada's cultural infrastructures. By investing in such institutions as the Glenaladale Estate, we continue to create jobs, grow the economy and build stronger communities across the country."
- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
"Glenaladale Estate played an important role in Prince Edward Island's rich history. Through today's investment, we are ensuring that this historic estate will be protected and preserved for years to come."
- The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament (Cardigan)
"Six years ago, we started this journey to preserve this gem of a property. We knew its significance historically but also saw its potential to explore a better future. We are extremely pleased the Department of Canadian Heritage sees what we see. With their support for the acquisition, we can now focus on the regeneration and look forward to working with the community, other organizations and interested entrepreneurs to develop the Estate as a sustainable centre that connects heritage with other aspects of Island life."
- Mary J. Gallant, Chair of Glenaladale Heritage Trust Inc.
The Glenaladale Settlement of 1772 became the earliest large Scottish emigration to what would become Canada.
Glenaladale was the private home of three generations of the family of Captain John MacDonald until 1905, when it was purchased by the MacKinnon family who have called it home since then. Through various aspects of their lives and undertakings, the MacDonalds and the MacKinnons have made significant contributions to Prince Edward Island.
The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) 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.
Launched in 2001, the CCSF has invested approximately $410 million in 1,381 projects in every province and territory (as of March 31, 2016).
Continued investment in arts and culture benefits economic growth as the cultural sector represents more than 3.5 percent of jobs in Canada and employs more than 630,000 Canadians.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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