Anthony Rota
Hon. Anthony Rota
Member of Parliament for Nipissing—Timiskaming
Government of Canada supports local arts sector with funding through Department of Canadian Heritage
December 9, 2022

A key part of Canada’s economic recovery is supporting arts and heritage projects, while encouraging citizens across the country to connect with one another and engage in their local communities through performing and visual arts.


Today, the Honourable Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing–Timiskaming, revealed the details for a Government of Canada investment of $247,694.00 through the Department of Canadian Heritage to assist two local organizations with projects celebrated culture, arts and heritage. Those organizations are Les Compagnons des Francs Loisirs and the Capitol Centre


Rota says, “These projects will help us continue to celebrate our arts and culture here in North Bay and around Nipissing-Timiskaming. These organizations are a great example of the strong and healthy creative economy we have in northern Ontario.”


Les Compagnons des Francs Loisirs will receive $76,800 to help run the 60th edition of Le Carnaval des Compagnons. Executive Director Arnaud Claude says, “Les Compagnons are grateful for the support that has been given. This grant will enhance the 60th Winter Carnival which we look forward to celebrating with the community of North Bay and surrounding areas.”

The Capitol Centre will receive $170,894.00 to be used for energy efficient equipment upgrades. Executive Director Katina Connolly says, “We are so thankful to have been included in the Ministry of Canadian Heritage Funding’s support of the arts and heritage of Nipissing-Temiskaming. This grant will allow us to move forward with upgrades and repairs to two key infrastructure elements.”


Connolly continues, “Firstly, repairing our Liebert system, which is responsible for maintaining the temperature and humidity in the WKP Kennedy Gallery. This will increase our ability to attract high-caliber, and sometimes delicate, visual art exhibitions to share with the North Bay public. Secondly, the repairs to the smoke hatch in the Betty Speers Theatre will mean upgraded safety and security measure in place, and a more professional, soundproofed space on stage. Both of these repairs will help the Capitol Centre continue operating this municipal, historic landmark in an energy-efficient manner.”

Rota says, “This investment in these projects will contribute to the development of organizations hosting events, as well as performances in the arts, culture and heritage sector. This will also give these organizations a chance to offer locals and visitors an arts and culture experience unique to our area. We can’t overlook the impact the arts and culture sector have on tourism and economic development.”

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