The Government of Canada Increases Support for New Brunswick Festivals, Community Celebrations and Arts Presenters, and Announces New Support for National Acadian Day Festivities

by ahnationtalk on August 14, 201972 Views

From: Canadian Heritage

August 14, 2019

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced today that the Government of Canada has increased support to 181 festivals, community celebrations and arts presenters across New Brunswick, totalling $2.1 million so far in 2019‒2020. He also announced that 60 communities across Atlantic Canada, as well as Ottawa, will benefit from $500,100 in new funding for National Acadian Day events on August 15.

Support for cultural festivals, celebrations and events in New Brunswick

This funding will support 181 festivals, community celebrations and arts-presenter organizations in 2019‒2020, and help provide New Brunswick residents and visitors with better access to arts and culture. These projects have a major impact on New Brunswick, as they showcase the province and support its development, promote tourism, and encourage economic growth in the cultural sector throughout the province.

The government provided this funding through the Celebration and Commemoration Program, the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program and the Canada Arts Presentation Fund.

National Acadian Day

The Government of Canada is also providing 60 different organizations with a total of $500,100 in funding to host National Acadian Day celebrations on August 15 across Atlantic Canada and in Ottawa.

As part of this initiative, the Government of Canada will support the August 15 festivities organized as part of the Congrès mondial acadien, including the National Acadian Day Show. The show will feature several renowned artists such as Zachary Richard, Lisa LeBlanc, Edith Butler, Visthèn and 1755.

Funding to promote National Acadian Day celebrations is granted through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Celebration and Commemoration Program.

Additional investment for arts and heritage activities

An additional investment of more than $50 million was announced in the last budget to support arts and heritage activities, including arts programming, festivals and celebrations throughout Canada.

This additional funding will provide increased support to existing clients and permit more organizations to access federal support. It will enable more Canadians to see, hear and appreciate Canada’s talented and diverse artists by bringing festivals and performing arts series to more communities across the country, celebrate our communities’ diverse origins, and reaffirm our commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

Programs Total Amount

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that feature local artists and celebrate community culture, history and heritage.


51 projects

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

This program gives Canadians better access to a variety of Canada’s rich cultures through professional arts festivals, presentations, live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.


31 projects

Celebration and Commemoration Program – Celebrate Canada

Celebrate Canada provides funding for activities organized on National Indigenous Peoples Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day; Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day.


99 projects

Celebration and Commemoration Program – National Acadian Day

The Celebration and Commemoration Program funds initiatives that commemorate and celebrate historical figures, places, events and accomplishments of national significance.


60 projects

Quick facts

  • The projects were funded through Canadian Heritage’s the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, and the Celebration and Commemoration Program.
  • The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program helps provide better opportunities for local artists, artisans, heritage performers and specialists to be involved in their community through festivals, events and projects.
  • The Canada Arts Presentation Fund provides financial assistance to organizations that professionally stage arts festivals or performing arts series. It also supports organizations that assist arts presenters as well as their support organizations. With this funding, the government supports more than 1,350 festival and performing arts events in more than 400 communities across Canada.
  • The Celebration and Commemoration Program provides funding to community-based activities celebrating and promoting National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27 and Canada Day on July 1. Starting this year, it will also support activities celebrating and promoting National Acadian Day on August 15. Every year, more than 10 million Canadians participate in thousands of events that are supported by this program across Canada.
  • The additional investment of $50.25 million over two years (2019‒2020 and 2020‒2021), announced in Budget 2019, is an average total increase between 40 to 50 percent to the three following programs::
    • $16 million over two years for the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (22% increase);
    • ·$14 million over two years for the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program (50% increase); and
    • $20.25 million over two years for the Celebration and Commemoration Program (50% increase).

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