Canada and Ontario Support New St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre
Investment will create jobs, stimulate local economy
St. Catharines, Ontario -- Mr. Rick Dykstra, the Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, and Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines, are pleased to announce that the City of St. Catharines will soon break ground on a new Centre for the Arts and Recital Hall, thanks to a joint investment by the governments of Canada and Ontario.
This project will have a significant economic impact for the Niagara region and surrounding area. It will help create jobs, attract skilled workers and generate more visitors to the town.
"Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, our Government is investing in a complex that will create jobs, revitalize downtown St. Catharines and promote Niagara's diverse arts community," said Mr. Dykstra. "A new Centre for the Arts and Recital Hall in our region is a welcomed venue that will place St. Catharines squarely on the cultural landscape. This is a concrete example of how we are supporting the arts and creating opportunity for students and adults alike."
"Under the leadership of Premier Dalton McGuinty, our government believes that investing in cultural infrastructure is a great way to create jobs, build stronger communities and forge the creative workforce of tomorrow," said Mr. Bradley. "The Niagara Centre for the Arts and the Recital Hall will be a significant cultural attraction in the Niagara region and the government of Ontario is pleased to be investing with the city and the government of Canada in this exciting project."
"The new Centre for the Arts project will provide the necessary catalyst for a full-scale transformation of Downtown St. Catharines, which has been identified as an Urban Growth Centre," said St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan. "Building on the support of the Federal and Provincial governments, Downtown St. Catharines will be able to position itself as a diverse location for cultural pursuits and new business investment."
The Niagara Centre for the Arts will be a venue capable of hosting big-ticket theatre and concerts with a capacity of 800 to 900 patrons. The Recital Hall will be a 300-seat venue that will primarily be used for community and public musical performances.
The Government of Canada has set aside a maximum contribution of $18 million, or up to one-half of total eligible project costs of the Centre for the Arts and Recital Hall project. The Government of Ontario will provide $18 million towards eligible project costs. The City of St. Catharines will also contribute financially to the Centre.
Demonstrating their commitment to stimulating the economy and creating jobs, both the governments of Canada and Ontario are moving forward with a number of large-scale infrastructure programs to assist Ontarians when they need it most. The Government of Canada's 2009 Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure across Canada with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years.
Through the 2009 Ontario Budget - Confronting the Challenge: Building Our Economic Future - the province is investing $32.5 billion in infrastructure for the province of Ontario over the next two years, including a $5 billion contribution from the federal government, that will support more than 300,000 jobs and strengthen Ontario's economy. These investments build on the Ontario government's five-year, $30 billion ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment plan which will be completed in 2008-09, a year ahead of schedule.