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Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of Rendez-Vous 2012 – Montreal, Cultural Metropolis

November 26, 2012

OTTAWA, Nov. 26, 2012 /CNW/ – Arts and culture play an important part in
shaping our society, our communities, and our economy. The Honourable
Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, and I were delighted to
represent the Government of Canada at the Rendez-vous 2012 РMontr̩al,
Cultural Metropolis, and it’s a pleasure for me to participate actively
in a project that holds so much promise for the future of arts and
culture in Montréal and across Canada.

Montréal is a centre of cultural excellence, and when it comes to the
city’s cultural development, our Government is a major player and a key
partner. In Montréal alone, we have invested approximately $2 billion
in direct funding for arts and culture since 2007.

Over the last five years, we have invested $91 million to support
cultural infrastructure projects. That is a significant sum, but our
investment in the creative talent of our artists has been even greater.

In those five years, the Canada Council for the Arts has provided more
than $194 million in funding to Montréal-based artists, authors, and
cultural organizations. As well, through the policies and programs of
several federal departments, Telefilm Canada, and the National Film
Board of Canada, more than $1 billion has been invested in the Montréal
film and television industry since 2007.

We support the major festivals that have made Montréal and Canada famous
around the world: the International Jazz Festival, Just for Laughs, the
FrancoFolies, the Festival Montréal en lumière, and the World Film
Festival. In all, since 2007, our Government has provided more than
$57 million in funding to Montréal festivals large and small, and to
community celebrations.

I am proud that our Government supports the vitality of the cultural
community in Montréal and across Quebec and Canada. Now that the
countdown to 2017 has begun, we are more committed than ever to working
with our partners over the next few years to ensure that Montréal will
be ready, as a major cultural metropolis, to celebrate its 375(th )anniversary and Canada’s 150(th )anniversary.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage


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