Supporting Arts Schools in Montréal

News release

MONTRÉAL, April 13, 2019

Cultural institutions play an essential role in Canadian society. Investments in arts and culture help build dynamic communities and give more Canadians the opportunity to enjoy the performing arts. The Government of Canada is proud to support the development and training of promising young Canadian artists and future cultural leaders.

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament (Gaspésie-Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine) announced today that the government is investing close to $4 million in five schools in Montréal for their respective Training in Arts projects. Minister Lebouthillier made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.

The funding is being made through the Canada Arts Training Fund. Students who have received support from this fund often go on to professional success. Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, graduate of Les Muses: Centre des arts de la scène, is an accomplished Canadian actor and singer who won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress in 2014 for her performance in Gabrielle. Camille Dubois-Bouchard, a graduate of l’École de danse contemporaire de Montréal, performed for the Marie Chouinard dance company in 2017-2018.

With the funding announced today, the Government of Canada is taking concrete steps to support organizations that enrich their community’s cultural life.


“Investing in arts and culture is a priority for our government. This support for young artists allows the arts to flourish while also giving schools a greater ability to plan for longer-term activities and continue to create and present innovative works.”

—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

“I am proud to announce our support for these Montréal arts schools and their students. The arts are a significant component of countless Canadian communities, which is why it is so important to invest in the institutions that are mentoring our next generation of talented young artists.”

—The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie-Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue

Quick facts

  • The Canada Arts Training Fund (CATF) was created in 1997 to support arts training in Canada

  • The fund, administered by Canadian Heritage, provides financial assistance to Canadian not-for-profit institutions that specialize in delivering focused, intensive and practice-based arts training for students aspiring to professional artistic careers

  • Funded schools offer professional training at the highest level in disciplines such as dance, theatre, circus arts, visual arts, music (opera, orchestral), and Indigenous and ethnocultural artistic practices

  • Between 2012-13 and 2017-18, an average of 39 professional arts schools or training institutes were funded annually

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Simon Ross
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

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