Feb. 19, 2010
MONCTON (CNB) - Centre culturel Aberdeen, home of Greater Moncton's artistic community, will undergo extensive renovations with an investment of nearly $2 million from the Government of Canada, the Province of New Brunswick and the City of Moncton.
Minister of Local Government Chris Collins; National Revenue Minister Keith Ashfield, who is also minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and minister for the Atlantic Gateway; and Moncton Mayor George Leblanc made the announcement today.
"Our investment will ensure Le Centre culturel Aberdeen continues to play a vital role in the arts and cultural community," said Collins. "It will help to improve our quality of life, strengthen our communities, and help us work toward our goal of self-sufficiency."
Collins spoke on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.
"The Government of Canada, through the Economic Action Plan, is taking steps to stimulate the economy, create jobs and support communities hard hit by the global economic downturn," said Ashfield. "Our federal investment of more than $1,000,000 will ensure that Centre culturel Aberdeen continues to support the many members of southeastern New Brunswick's vibrant artistic community and the contribution they make to our region and our economy."
The Centre culturel Aberdeen is an historic community facility in Moncton, originally built as a school in 1897.
"Today is a good day for the Aberdeen Cultural Centre and for the entire community," said LeBlanc. "The City of Moncton is proud to acknowledge the Aberdeen Cultural Centre's fundamental contribution to the growth of Moncton's arts and culture sector. We also recognize the centre's significance from a heritage standpoint. This funding will help the Aberdeen Cultural Centre continue to grow the arts and culture programs and opportunities for the community. The art and culture sector is a key contributor and extremely important to our quality of life and the prosperity of our community."
The funding will support major improvements for the historic building to meet safety and environment standards. The planned upgrades will make the centre more user-friendly. The renovations will include a complete overhaul of the building's electrical, heating and security systems. Rooms will be repaired and refurbished to improve and maximize their usage. The project includes the installation of an elevator for greater accessibility.
"The federal government's announcement of funding to help renovate the Centre Culturel Aberdeen means that, not only can the centre maintain its current operations, but it can also continue to develop," said René Légère, the centre's executive director. "The Government's contribution is important as it allows us to look ahead to the future and enables us to provide the artistic community in New Brunswick with an unparalleled place to create and grow."
The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is contributing $500,000 toward the project under the Community Adjustment Fund and an additional $500,000 through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Canada Cultural Spaces Program. The Province of New Brunswick is providing $750,000 toward the project while the City of Moncton is contributing $170,000. The Centre culturel Aberdeen will complete the $2.3 million project by investing $375,000.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce MacFarlane,Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Erin Filliter, director of communications, Office of the Minister of National Revenue, Minister of ACOA, and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, 613-941-7241; Claudine Daigle, director, regional communications, Atlantic Region, Canadian Heritage, 506-851-3980; Stéphanie Bilodeau, senior communications officer, ACOA New Brunswick, 506-452-3034; René Légère, executive director, Centre culturel Aberdeen, 506-857-9597; Annie Duguay, communications officer, City of Moncton, 506-383-6214.