Investing in Arts and Culture in Victoria

News release

VICTORIA, March 2, 2020

Arts and culture inspire us, bring us together and make our communities and economy stronger.  They give shape, context and understanding to our experiences and the experiences of others.

That is why the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced investments today totalling $1,833,379 for 19 arts, culture and heritage organizations in the Greater Victoria region.

This funding supports a variety of projects including local festivals, performing arts, publishing, arts training, music and heritage activities. Those receiving support include Orca Book Publishers Ltd., the Victoria Pride Society and the British Columbia Museums Association. See the attached backgrounder for additional details.

Projects have received funding under the following programs: the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the Canada Arts Training Fund, the Canada Book Fund, the Canada Cultural Investment Fund, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, the Canada Music Fund and the Museums Assistance Program.


“Our government understands that our cultural and creative sectors are important drivers of both social inclusion and economic growth. These investments demonstrate our commitment to helping arts organizations express their creativity, strengthen our communities and create meaningful opportunities for engagement. We are proud to celebrate the richness and diversity of Victoria’s cultural scene.”

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“TouchWood Editions is proud to say that we’re supported by Canadian Heritage through the Canada Book Fund, and we are grateful for the investment. This funding has allowed us to adapt to industry challenges, to keep up with rapidly changing technological advancements and thrive in today’s publishing markets."

Taryn Boyd, Publisher, TouchWood Editions Ltd.

“Festivals create deep cultural, traditional and emotional connections within our communities, bringing people together in celebration and camaraderie. As we prepare for the 157th Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival over the May long weekend, I’d like to express my appreciation to Canadian Heritage for its continued support. Without this investment, we would not be able to deliver the unique, high-quality programming that anchors this well-loved and much anticipated yearly event in Victoria.”

Jim Maxwell, President, Victoria Highland Games Association

Quick facts

  • The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides funding to increase opportunities for local artists, artisans, heritage performers or specialists to be involved in their community through festivals, events and projects. It also allows local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage.

  • The Canada Arts Presentation Fund provides financial assistance to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series (arts presenters) and organizations that offer support to arts presenters.

  • The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation. The Fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.

  • The Canada Arts Training Fund supports the training of artists with high potential through organizations that offer high-calibre training.

  • The Canada Book Fund promotes a strong book industry that publishes and markets Canadian-authored books.

  • The Canada Music Fund supports a wide range of musicians and entrepreneurs who create, produce and market original and diverse Canadian music.

  • The Canada Cultural Investment Fund encourages private sector investment, partnership and sound business practices to help arts and heritage organizations be better rooted and recognized in their communities.

  • The Museums Assistance Program supports heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections. The program fosters the preservation of Indigenous culture and facilitates access to heritage collections for all Canadians. It also promotes professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions.

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Camille Gagné-Raynauld
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

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