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Ontario Invests in Francophone Cultural Centre in Sudbury

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Ontario Invests in Francophone Cultural Centre in Sudbury

Province Supporting Local Community Arts

Ontario is investing in a project to help build a francophone cultural complex in Sudbury, providing a venue for community groups and cultural events. 

With an investment of $50,000 from the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the Regroupement des organismes culturels de Sudbury (ROCS) is conducting a study on how to proceed with the construction of Place des Arts. The project would bring research, creation, production and presenting facilities together to serve the region's arts and culture organizations.

Investing in cultural industries is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario government is investing $5.9 million to support a wide range of local and regional events and cultural celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of Francophone presence in Ontario in 2015.
  • Since 2003, the NOHFC has invested more than $1 billion in 6,620 projects in Northern Ontario, creating or sustaining more than 25,300 jobs.
  • In the Sudbury region, the NOHFC has invested $154 million in 918 projects, creating or sustaining more than 2,700 jobs, since 2003.
  • The NOHFC’s investments in the arts, culture and creative industries are an important part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

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“I have always had a fond appreciation of the contributions francophone culture have made to our community in Sudbury. I look forward to hearing the results of the feasibility study and will continue to work with our partners in the francophone community to ensure its vibrant culture continues to be an integral part of our community.”

Glenn Thibeault

MPP for Sudbury

“A new Place des Arts centre would draw visitors to Sudbury, create jobs in the area, bolster local business and strengthen the regional economy. Our government recognizes the importance of investing in projects that contribute to the cultural and economic strength of Northern Ontario.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

“The Regroupement des organismes culturels de Sudbury continues to work with its member organizations and other users of the planned facilities to ensure arts and culture activities will be offered year-round. We thank the NOHFC for helping us advance our Place des Arts project.”

Paulette Gagnon

Development Director for ROCS

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