Ontario Investing $3.3 Million in the Blyth Centre for the Arts
Province Supporting Local Culture Sector, Creating Jobs and Boosting the Economy
Ontario is investing $3.3 million to support the reconstruction of the Blyth Memorial Community Hall, a nearly 100-year-old cultural hub in Huron County that supports the local economy through art, theatre and culture.
Today, Deputy Premier Deb Matthews was at the facility, which is run by the Blyth Centre for the Arts, to announce the investment and acknowledge the centre's contributions to the community.
The year-round arts centre draws tourists from across Ontario to its annual festivals - including the Blyth Festival - professional exhibits and community shows and supports rural economic creativity.
This project is part of the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.
Supporting local arts and culture infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- The culture sector generates approximately $22 billion of Ontario’s GDP and supports more than 280,000 jobs.
- Ontario is home to more than 58,000 artists, almost twice as many as any other province in Canada.
- Over 20,000 people attend the Blyth Festival each season.
- The Blyth Centre for the Arts, including the Blyth Festival, was founded in 1975 to produce professional repertory theatre.
- A September 2015 report by the Broadbent Institute and the Centre for Spatial Economics showed that, on average, investing a dollar in public infrastructure in Canada raises gross domestic product (GDP) by $1.43 in the short term and up to $3.83 in the long term.
“The Blyth Centre for the Arts has a long history as the home of the Blyth Festival. I’m happy that through our investment, this historic facility will continue to stage productions that tell the story of our province’s culture.”
“Our government is a proud supporter of arts and culture. By continuing to invest in the sector, we are helping to create jobs and provide opportunities for our creative talent in communities across Ontario. For years, the Blyth Centre for the Arts has attracted arts and culture enthusiasts from across the province and I am proud that through our support, they will continue to be a cultural leader in southwestern Ontario.”
“The Province of Ontario's partnership in creating a cultural hub in Blyth is contributing to a unique rural revitalization. The partnership will see the revitalization of Blyth Memorial Community Hall, home of the nationally celebrated Blyth Festival, the establishment of the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity, an innovative and arts incubator, and the creation of the Rural Trust for long term sustainability. This is a game-changer.”