Government of Canada invests in Confederation Centre of the Arts upgrades to enhance the visitor experience

News release

Upgrades include renovations and modern technological infrastructure 

May 25, 2022 · Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

The tourism industry in Prince Edward Island is a vital part of the province’s economy, supporting thousands of local jobs and businesses. Organizations and operators are working hard to recover from pandemic challenges and find new ways to reach audiences and deliver world-class experiences. The Government of Canada is helping a vital cultural institution in Charlottetown to upgrade services and equipment to improve the visitor experience and reach new markets.

Federal government supports arts and tourism

Today, Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, announced a combined non-repayable federal contribution of $945,667 to Confederation Centre of the Arts.

The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA; and the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

This investment will help Confederation Centre of the Arts undertake renovations to the main foyer, as well as theatre upgrades and technological modernization to improve the visitor experience and help the Centre respond to emerging markets in culture and tourism.

Today’s announcement further demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to strengthening the tourism sector in Atlantic Canada and growing the local economy.

Quotes

“Faced with many challenges, our tourism leaders have shown tremendous strength and determination to keep jobs and people in Atlantic Canada. As travel restrictions lift, and we begin to safely welcome more visitors back to the Atlantic provinces, we’re proud to support their efforts by making strategic investments for a strong economic recovery.”

-   Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

“The arts play an important role in connecting audiences with each other, performers, and the space around them. The Government of Canada is proud to support the upgrades and renovations to the Confederation Centre of the Arts, allowing it to continue celebrating Canada’s evolution through visual and performing arts.”

- Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“Confederation Centre of the Arts has long been an economic driver in the Charlottetown area, hosting world-class theatrical performances and attracting visitors from across Canada and around the world. Today’s investment supports the important work of the Centre and will help to attract important cultural programming to our capital city.”

- Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown

“Confederation Centre of the Arts is grateful for this support that allows us to upgrade our services and equipment to match the exceptional experiences we offer. These renovations will provide a lobby that is more spacious to serve patrons better, and will provide greatly improved technological infrastructure throughout the Centre.”

- Steve Bellamy, CEO, Confederation Centre of the Arts

Quick facts

  • Confederation Centre of the Arts opened in 1964 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, to commemorate the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference. The Centre operates year-round, including arts education and visual arts programs, and fall and winter concerts and performances.

  • Theatre infrastructure investments made to date have positioned Confederation Centre of the Arts as one of the leading performing arts venues in the country.

  • The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) provided a non-repayable  contribution of $495,667 through the Innovative Communities Fund (ICF).

  • Canadian Heritage provided a non-repayable contribution of $450,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

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Contacts

Marianne Blondin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Official Languages and of the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Marianne.Blondin@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

Michael Critchley
Senior Communications Advisor
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Michael.Critchley@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca

Andrew Sprague
Director of Marketing and Communications
Confederation Centre of the Arts
902-628-6138
asprague@confederationcentre.com

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