Anthony Rota
Hon. Anthony Rota
Member of Parliament for Nipissing—Timiskaming
North Bay Pride Festival gets federal funding
June 1, 2021

North Bay, June 1st, 2021

Investments in commemorative cultural infrastructure, anniversaries and local arts and heritage bring communities together, making them better places to live. North Bay Pride is receiving $41,500 to help with the operational costs of this year’s festival.  

This funding comes under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program (BCAH).

The Honourable Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming says, “I am proud to see support for the local North Bay Pride festival for 2021. These festivals and events bring people together to celebrate our local arts and culture and heritage and it is important to continue to support the 2SLGBTQ+ community here in Nipissing-Timiskaming.”

Communications Director for North Bay Pride Jason Maclennan says, “It is wonderful to see the support of the Federal Government, MP Anthony Rota for North Bay Pride 2021. These are difficult times for many folks, and the need for prides across Canada has never been greater as many of us feel isolated and alone during COVID. We know that without people like Anthony who strongly supports all communities, grants like this may not happen.

This grant allows North Bay Pride to continue to support a historically vulnerable population, advocating for change by cultivating conversations highlighting challenges still faced by 2SLGBTQ+ people who unquestionably experience long-term stress related to their orientation or identity, while also celebrating their important cultural contributions historically, and still today.”

The Government of Canada is putting measures in place to support the sectors that have been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, including live arts and music sectors.

Rota says, “Continued investments in arts and culture support economic growth.  The cultural sector represents more than 3.5 percent of jobs in Canada and employs more than 652,000 Canadians. I’m happy to see that the people of Nipissing-Timiskaming can benefit from these investments.”

The BCAH program increases opportunities for local artists, artisans, heritage performers or specialists to get involved in their community through festivals, events and projects. It also allows local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage. It has three components: Local Festivals, Community Anniversaries and Legacy Fund.

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