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Federal and Provincial Governments Invests in New Theatre Pavilion for Confederation Centre and the 150th Anniversary of The Charlottetown Conference

April 12, 2013

CHARLOTTETOWN, April 12, 2013 - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today announced funding for Prince Edward Island 2014 Inc. and Confederation Centre of the Arts to support commemorations for the 150th anniversary of the historic Charlottetown Conference. This investment will help Canadians enhance their knowledge of the important role the 1864 Charlottetown Conference played in the history of Canada.

"Our Government is proud to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference so that Canadians from coast to coast to coast can better inform themselves of this significant milestone in the creation of Canada," said Minister Moore. "On the road to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017, let us celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, strong, and free country we are today."

"As Islanders, we have a lot to be proud of, and being the birthplace of Confederation is certainly one of them," said Minister Shea. "I am very proud that in addition to a memorable year of celebrations, our Government's support for the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference will also leave us with lasting infrastructure that will benefit Islanders for years to come."

"Canada and Confederation Centre of the Arts are together celebrating two significant milestones in 2014-the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, which led to the birth of the nation; and the 50th anniversary of the large complex that is Canada's national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation and those important events that took place in 1864," said Jessie Inman, CEO of Confederation Centre. "We are extremely grateful for this funding for capital improvements to the Homburg Theatre, which helps to ensure that Confederation Centre will continue to honour the vision of our founders and strengthen our national identity, through leadership and excellence in heritage programming, and the visual and performing arts."

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of more than $6.1 million through two departments: the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Over $4 million is provided through the two programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage-the Commemorate Canada component of the Celebration and Commemoration Program and the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund-and more than $2 million from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
Also announced today was the Province of Prince Edward Island's share of funding for major renovations to the Homburg Theatre at Confederation Centre. The province's financial commitment for that project is $2,800,000.

"These much-needed renovations will modernize a facility that has not seen major renovations since it was built almost 50 years ago," said Premier Robert Ghiz. "The Confederation Centre will be an extremely important partner in the 2014 celebrations, so this work could not have been better timed."
"This funding for capital improvements to the Homburg Theatre ensures that Confederation Centre of the Arts will remain at the forefront as one of the nation's premium performance houses," says Wayne Hambly, Chair of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust. "We thank our federal and provincial government partners for their significant investments. We look forward to continuing to ignite the imagination of all Canadians for years to come."
For more information, see the attached backgrounder.

BACKGROUNDER

To Confederation Centre of the Arts:
• Canadian Heritage will provide $2 million through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency will contribute $1.5 million from the Innovative Communities Fund and $352,500 from the Business Development Program. This funding will support the development of a state-of-the-art theatre pavilion. This project will help improve the Centre's capacity to offer performing arts and heritage programming that reflects Canada's creativity in time for the 150th anniversary celebration of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference in 2014, as well as the Centre's 50th anniversary. These investments will be instrumental in providing the necessary infrastructure to further develop cultural tourism in Prince Edward Island.