The theatre at St. Mary’s College will be operational by Spring thanks to funding from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, Sault MP Terry Sheehan announced Wednesday morning.
The Government of Canada is investing $100,000 to assist with enhancements to the Community Theatre located at St. Mary’s College. The funding will enable the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board to modernize the facility and create a more conducive environment to welcome local theatre performances and learning.
“In addition to being able to host a wide variety of celebrations to honour and celebrate Sault Ste. Marie’s cultural diversity and rich history, the venue will also be used for educational opportunities in performing arts and production technologies.” Sheehan said.
The new mid-sized theatre will allow festivals to bring in more acts, and provide local performing groups with more space to perform and hold productions.
“I would like to thank the Government of Canada for investing in our community theatre which will serve the student body, as well as local and visiting artists and patrons. These improvements are a fitting way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.” said, John Caputo, Chair, Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board.
The 375 seat theatre was built but not finished when St. Mary’s College moved to its new location in 2015.
The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) funding, delivered in Northern Ontario through FedNor, is part of the Government of Canada’s coordinated approach to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. These investments across Canada will help create jobs, boost economic activity, strengthen communities, and celebrate Canada’s rich heritage and history.