Theatre New Brunswick receives $175,000 from Canadian Heritage – Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to assist in building renovations.

Canadian Heritage (Fredericton) Cultural spaces play an important role in our communities and give Canadians a chance to come together and learn more about their heritage and culture. The Government of Canada is proud to support the renovation and development of cultural spaces in communities across the country.

Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament (Fredericton), today announced that the Government of Canada is providing a total of $1.5 million in funding in 2019‒2021 to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery for the Harrison McCain Pavilion in Fredericton. The Department of Canadian Heritage is providing $1 million through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is contributing $500,000 dollars under its Innovative Communities Fund. Mr. DeCourcey made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

The funding will support the expansion of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. This two-year project will build the Harrison McCain Pavilion, which will add four art galleries and expand visitor services, public programming spaces and public engagement amenities.

Mr. DeCourcey also announced more than $430,000 dollars for facility and space upgrades to four additional arts and culture organizations in Fredericton. These include the Fredericton Playhouse, Theatre New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame and the York Sunbury Historical Society (Fredericton Region Museum).

This funding, provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will allow the organizations to improve visitor experiences in a modern and safe environment. Since 2015, the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund has invested more than $2.8 million in six organizations in the Fredericton region.

Ongoing support for arts and culture

Arts and culture are essential to an inclusive society and are at the heart of Canada’s growing creative economy. Performances and other related arts experiences bring Canadian audiences and artists together, and also reflect our cultural, linguistic and regional diversity.

An investment of more than $50 million was announced in Budget 2019 to support arts and heritage activities, including arts programming, festivals and celebrations throughout Canada.

This additional funding will provide increased support to existing clients and permit more organizations to access federal support. It will enable more Canadians to see, hear and appreciate Canada’s talented and diverse artists by bringing festivals and performing arts series to more communities across the country, celebrate our communities’ diverse origins, and reaffirm our commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

On August 14, 2019, Minister Rodriguez announced $2.1 million for 181 New Brunswick festivals, community celebrations and arts presenters for 2019–2020. Among the groups and organizations receiving funding were the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival, the New Brunswick Highland Games Festival and the annual Pow Wow of the Oromocto First Nation.

Client/Project Amount
Beaverbrook Art Gallery – The Harrison McCain Pavilion (2019–2021)

  • Canadian Heritage (Canada Cultural Spaces Fund): $1,000,000
  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (Innovative Communities Fund): $500,000

This two-year project will build the Harrison McCain Pavilion, which will add four art galleries and expand visitor services, public programming spaces and public engagement amenities.


Canadian Heritage – Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

Client/Project Amount
Fredericton Playhouse – Lighting & sound upgrade project (2018–2019)

This project will see the purchase of new LED moving lights and a new sound console. This equipment upgrade will greatly improve the organization’s capacity to create, produce and present quality professional arts in a space that meets professional standard and improves energy consumption.

New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame – Theatre & presentation space (2018–2019)

The project will help create a new theatre/presentation space within the museum, which will include audio-visual equipment, lighting, seating and staging. This will help improve the quality of the organization’s programming, including the Sport Ambassadors Program, a school-based inspirational initiative, as well as the Heritage Fairs initiative.

Beaverbrook Auditorium – Theatre New Brunswick Building Upgrade (2019–2020)

This project will include upgrades to the building’s structure and improvements to the existing theatre facilities, including the addition of a sound and projection booth and wheelchair accessible ramps, and the creation of a new studio space and green rooms. This upgrade will help the organization offer a wider range of performances at the main venue in a safe environment that serves patrons of all abilities.

York Sunbury Historical Society – Acadian/Pointe-Sainte-Anne Exhibit Gallery Upgrade (2019–2020)

This project will include upgrades to the museum’s exhibit space with new display cases, digital animation and virtual reality capacity, as well as touchscreen technology. This will help the organization improve their visitor experience in a modern technology space.

Total: $437,212