The Government of Canada has provided funding of $2.6 million to 14 arts and culture and official-language organizations in Victoria. Dan Ruimy (MP, Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge) announced the investments on June 16 on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
The funding, which totals $2,614,657, comes through the Department of Canadian Heritage and will support arts and culture and official-language initiatives across Victoria. The arts and culture programs which received funding, along with the programs and funding received, are:
- Victoria Symphony Society (Symphony in the Summer; $29,700)
- India Canada Cultural Association of Victoria (8th Annual Victoria India Mela, $4,700)
- Belfry Theatre Society (SPARK Festival, $100,000)
- Dance Victoria Society (Dance at the Royal Series, Dance Days Festival, $340,000)
- Theatre SKAM Association (SKAMpede, $10,000)
- Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival (Victoria Film Festival, $45,000)
- Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV Construction Document Project, $436,373)
- Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society (Visitor Centre Renovation, $250,000)
- Capital Regional District (Royal Theatre Upgrade, $400,000)
- Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (Youth Strides Summer Camp, $7,000)
- Maritime Museum of British Columbia (S.S. Princess Sophia Travelling Exhibition, $190,884)
Official-language programs which received funding include Assemblée francophone des retraité(e)s et ainé(e)s de la Colombie-Britannique ($80,000), Société francophone de Victoria ($582,000) and Société radio communautaire Victoria ($139,000).