Our cultural spaces are essential to the strength, diversity and vitality of our communities. Every day, these spaces bring us together, contribute to our well-being, and help make Canada a strong and inclusive country.
Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada and Member of Parliament (Vancouver South), and Taleeb Noormohamed, Member of Parliament (Vancouver Granville), announced $25 million in federal infrastructure support for the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver. They made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
This important investment will help the organization to modernize and expand its capacity through a new facility. The two-phase redevelopment project, known as JWest, will provide a diverse community hub with updated arts, cultural, heritage and recreational facilities, in addition to a wide range of community-based support services. JWest will also create new rental housing units and childcare spaces.
The new site will additionally include a new home for the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. This builds on the Government of Canada’s historic commitment to preserving Holocaust remembrance, including recent investments to support new Holocaust museums in Montréal and Toronto.
The Government of Canada is proud to support projects like JWest that contribute to building a more inclusive, more equitable and fairer society where everyone can participate and thrive.