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City to receive more than $2 million for new arts centre

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:21 PDT, Wed April 13, 2022

Last Updated: 10:25 PDT, Wed April 13, 2022

The city is receiving more than $2 million in joint provincial and federal funding for its new arts centre.

Federal and provincial officials made the announcement in Richmond yesterday. The local commitment is part of a joint federal-provincial initiative that will see more than $110.3 million going to 57 community, recreation, and green infrastructure projects across B.C.

The former Minoru Place Activity Centre will be repurposed into a community arts facility—a project that was originally scheduled to begin last year. It was delayed while the city waited to hear if its submission for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s community, culture, and recreation stream was successful. 

The grant, now confirmed, includes $133,000 in federal funding and $2,110,898 in provincial funding. The city has also committed $816,102 towards the project.

“Richmond has a proud and vibrant arts community. This grant from the Canada Infrastructure Program helps the city to continue to build capacity and create a lasting legacy,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “When complete, the Richmond Cultural Centre Annex will house more than 16,000 square feet of purpose-built shared arts program space to serve community needs and accommodate community arts groups.”

The new facility will include two dance studios, a pottery studio, a media arts studio, and multipurpose program rooms.                        

The federal government is investing more than $56.8 million and the provincial government is contributing $53.4 million. Contributions from project recipients total $27.1 million.

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