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Improving Cultural Infrastructure and Creating Jobs in Niagara Region

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Improving Cultural Infrastructure and Creating Jobs in Niagara Region

Ministry of Infrastructure

Infrastructure investment stimulates economic growth, creates jobs, supports stronger communities and enhances the overall prosperity of Ontarians.

This project will see the construction of both the Niagara Centre for the Arts and the Recital Hall in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Through this federal-provincial collaboration, the City of St. Catharines will build in its downtown core a new Centre for the Arts capable of hosting big-ticket theatre and concerts with a capacity of 800-900 patrons, and a new Recital Hall which will be a 300-seat venue that will primarily be used for community and public musical performances.

The project will provide benefits for residents and visitors to the region. The construction of a new Niagara Centre for the Arts and Recital Hall is at the heart of the city's plan for the revitalization of its downtown core.

The Government of Canada has identified the Niagara Centre for the Arts and Recital Hall project as a priority for funding. As such, the federal government will set aside up to $18 million or one-half of total eligible costs. The Government of Ontario will also provide $18 towards the project. The City of St. Catharines will also contribute financially to the Centre. The total estimated cost of the Centre for the Arts and Recital Hall is $58.5 million.

In the summer of 2008, the Province of Ontario signed-on to the Government of Canada's Building Canada Plan Framework Agreement. Under this agreement, Ontario receives $3.09 billion from the Government of Canada. Ontario's matching contribution of $3.09 billion results in a $6 billion investment towards revitalizing the province's infrastructure.

Federal and provincial financial support for this project is conditional on it meeting all applicable eligibility and approval requirements under the Building Canada infrastructure plan and the signing of a contribution agreement.

Media Contacts

  • Chris Day

    Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister

    613-991-0700

  • Amy Tang

    Office of the Honourable George Smitherman

    416-327-6747

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