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Government of Canada Announces Investments in Arts and Culture in Winnipeg

On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament (Provencher), announced funding for a number of arts organizations in Winnipeg this morning at a media conference hosted by Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet.


Minister Vic Toews, RWB Artistic Director Andre Lewis and Representatives from 2009-2010 Endowment Incentives Funding Recipient Organizations

The Government of Canada has provided funding of almost $1.7 million to support 10 arts organizations through the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund. Endowment Incentives encourages Canadians to support the arts by providing donations to an arts organization’s endowment fund. This year, the Government of Canada is providing 71 cents for every dollar donated by the private sector.

The Government of Canada also provided funding of $985,000 to two organizations through the Canada Arts Training Fund, which contributes to the development of Canadian creators and future cultural leaders of the Canadian arts sector by supporting the training of artists with high potential through institutions that offer training of the highest calibre. Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan—which allocated an additional $20 million over two years for training in the arts sector—the budget of the Canada Arts Training Fund rose in 2009 from $17.1 million to $24.1 million per year, an increase of 41 percent.


Minister Vic Toews

RWB School Students performing Cinderella's Waltz at the event

PHOTOS TIM FENNELL

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