News Release Article from  Canadian Heritage

Funding for Arts, Culture and Official Languages Throughout the Atlantic Provinces

March 16, 2016 – Halifax – Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced support from the Government of Canada for several official-language groups in Atlantic Canada and for the Neptune Theatre Foundation. She was joined by the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia, who also announced provincial funding for the Neptune Theatre.

Funding will enable these organizations to continue their important work in fostering and developing official languages in minority communities. Specialized equipment and upgrades to the Neptune Theatre will improve the quality of performances and enhance professional theatre experiences for Halifax residents and visitors.


#GoC is proud to invest in #arts #culture and #officiallanguages in the Atlantic provinces.

Arts, culture and official languages add to the diversity of Atlantic Canada.

#NeptuneTheatre is modernizing to be even better, thanks to #GoC funding!

Quick Facts

  • Total funding of $2,435,895 is being provided to 26 Atlantic-based organizations. Projects have been funded under the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. See the attached backgrounder for more information.
  • The official-language groups work on behalf of Acadian and Francophone communities in the four Atlantic provinces, providing services to pre-schoolers, youth, women, parents and seniors.
  • The Neptune Theatre is receiving funding of $945,138 over two years through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • The Theatre also received $100,000 in funding from the Province of Nova Scotia
  • The Neptune Theatre, one of the foremost cultural institutions in Halifax, has been providing professional theatre experiences to audiences for more than 50 years.


“The Government of Canada is proud to partner with organizations that strive to improve the quality of life in communities, while also creating jobs and encouraging tourism. The investments announced today will enable the Neptune Theatre and the official-language organizations to continue their great work in promoting arts and culture and contributing to the vitality of Acadian and Francophone minority communities.”
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“Neptune Theatre contributes significantly to the cultural life of the entire province. The Government of Nova Scotia is proud to invest in the future of this institution.”
—The Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia

“Neptune Theatre Foundation is extremely pleased to be working in collaboration with Canadian Heritage and the province of Nova Scotia on this important revitalization project. Their tremendous support for technical upgrades at Neptune provides the foundation for us to significantly improve our audience experience, while maintaining a vital piece of cultural infrastructure for our community.”
— Rebecca Hiltz LeBlanc, President, Neptune Theatre

“We applaud the initiative of the government, which is demonstrating a willingness to contribute more to promoting the interests of Atlantic Canada’s Acadian and Francophone communities. This funding will allow us to pursue our efforts related to promotion of the language, dialogue and networking to foster the development of Acadians and Francophones in the Atlantic provinces.”
—René Cormier, President, Société Nationale de l’Acadie

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