The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, and Mr. Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament (Halifax), announced today that the Government of Canada will provide $1.7 million in 2019-2020 to organizations that stage festivals, celebrations and culture in Nova Scotia.
This funding will support 169 projects for celebrations, arts and heritage promotion as well as arts and culture festivals for residents and tourists in regions throughout Nova Scotia. These projects have a major impact in the province, in the arts and culture sector as well as on tourism and economic development.
The funding is provided through the Celebrate Canada program, the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program, and the Canada Arts Presentation Fund.
Additional support for arts, culture and celebrations
Minister Rodriguez also pointed out the increased investment of more than $50 million announced in the last budget to support a wide range of arts and heritage events, including arts series, festivals and celebrations throughout Canada.
Arts and culture are essential to an inclusive society and are at the heart of Canada’s growing creative economy. Presentations and other related arts experiences bring Canadian audiences and artists together, and also reflect our cultural, linguistic and regional diversity.
This additional funding will strengthen the cultural and creative industries, help Canadians celebrate diversity, and promote greater inclusion.