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Major upgrades to Cheticamp Cultural Quarter

By Caitlin Snow Aug 14, 2023 | 4:50 PM

Nicolas Raymond / CC

Big upgrades to the Cheticamp Cultural Quarter in Inverness County.

MP Mike Kelloway announced Monday, a combined $3.5 million dollars from the federal and provincial governments, will go to the multifunctional arts facility.

The municipality footed the first $150,000.

Kelloway spoke on behalf of Hon Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, and Hon Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA and announced a total federal contribution of $2 million.

The Government of Nova Scotia, through the Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage, is also contributing $1.5 million through the Canada-Nova Scotia Agreement on Minority-Language Education and Second Official-Language Instruction.

The new upgrades will have state-of-the-arts facilities including a new conference room, art gallery, art studio, 200-seat theatre, a community library and cafe.

“Communities in Inverness County are bound together by our strong ties to our heritage, and our thriving cultural life. We are home to the largest francophone community on Cape Breton Island, and it’s wonderful that this announcement comes on the eve of National Acadian Day which falls on August 15 each year. The municipality invested $150,000 in the first phase of the construction of this project, and now this significant contribution from both the provincial and federal governments is another reason to celebrate!” said Warden Bonny MacIsaac, council leader of the Municipality of Inverness County.

Kelloway called Cheticamp as “one of the world’s most important Acadian capitals.”


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