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

by pmnationtalk on June 19, 2017192 Views

VICTORIA, June 16, 2017

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.

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
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
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
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
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
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


“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.

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Pierre-Olivier Herbert
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage


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