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La Nouvelle Scene Sets the Stage for Construction

August 26, 2014

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 26, 2014) - Ottawa residents and visitors will soon enjoy access to a modern new venue for experiencing Francophone theatre. Construction has now started on La Nouvelle Scene; a state-of-the-art theatre in the heart of the nation's capital.

La Nouvelle Scene was formed in 1999 by four local theatre companies who will soon call the facility home. The new centre will not only allow local artists to perform in a modern environment, it will also serve as a gathering place for Francophones and Francophiles of the National Capital Region. Quick Facts -- La Nouvelle Scene is receiving a joint Canada-Ontario investment of up to $5,460,800. -- Municipal funding for the project is approximately $1,454 million. -- This is one of 44 initiatives in Ontario receiving funding through the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund for which the Government of Canada is providing $175 million. -- Ontario is contributing $173 million to these initiatives.


"The construction of La Nouvelle Scene is starting, meaning that residents and visitors will soon be able to enjoy Ottawa's growing Francophone arts and culture scene at a new central venue. The Government is happy to support this important infrastructure project, which is already creating local jobs and will continue to showcase local talents."

Royal Galipeau

Member for Parliament for Ottawa-Orleans

"La Nouvelle Scene is more than a theatre; it is a meeting place and a place of creation that strengthens and helps define the identity of our Francophone community. I am pleased that our government is working closely with our partners to build a strong cultural sector - already one of the most dynamic sectors in Ontario."

Madeleine Meilleur

Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier

"In February 2012, Ottawa City Council approved the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture. The redevelopment and expansion of La Nouvelle Scene was identified as one of the priorities for 2013. This project is also an important component of the City's efforts to revitalize King Edward Avenue."

Jim Watson Mayor of the City of Ottawa

"La Nouvelle Scene exemplifies the Francophone arts and entrepreneurial spirit that shaped the identity of Ottawa's Francophone communities. Today, the organization is proud to have completed this new step thanks, not only to the support of key government partners, but also to the unwavering support of the artists, their audience, and the community."

Albert Gabbay

President of La Nouvelle Scene Board of Directors

Associated Links

To learn more about the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund, visit:

To learn more about infrastructure investments in your area, visit:

Consult Canada's Economic Action Plan at to learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy

For more information on how Ontario is revitalizing its infrastructure, visit:

For more information on the City of Ottawa Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture, visit:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec 613-943-1848 Christy Arnold Communications Branch Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport 416-326-1724 Christy.arnold@ontario.caCity of Ottawa Media contact 613-580-2450 Genevieve LeBlanc La Nouvelle Scene 613-241-2727 ext. 6 Infrastructure Canada 613-960-9251 or toll-free 1-877-250-7154 Twitter: @INFC_eng Source: Infrastructure Canada

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Source: Marketwire (Canada)

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