Increased Federal Funding Investment for Local Arts Organizations


MP Terry Sheehan announced today, on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, that the Algoma Fall Festival will receive additional annual federal funding through to 2022.

The Algoma Arts Festival Association will receive $47,300 for 2020-2021 and a further $43,000 in 2021-2022 season for the Algoma Fall Festival.

The funding is provided through the Celebrate Canada program, the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program, and the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. Since 1972, the Algoma Arts Festival Association has organized the annual Fall Festival in Sault Ste. Marie, bringing various exciting visual and performing artists to the Sault.

Continued funding will enable the Association to continue with their work in bringing some of Canada’s most talented and diverse artists to Sault Ste. Marie and to highlight local artists, artisans and performers.

The Sault Ste. Marie Community Theatre Centre will be receiving an increase in funding through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund in support of their Over the Rainbow Children’s
Entertainment Series. The Theatre will receive an additional $1800 for 2019-2021 on top of the previously announced $18,000 of federal funding for that time period.

“Both the Algoma Fall Festival and the Sault Community Theatre Centre Children’s Entertainment series, are made possible by the incredible time and effort of volunteer organizers.” said Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie. “Their dedication to presenting our community to incredibly talented artists and performers, is part of what makes the Sault such a vibrant community. I am pleased the continued federal funding will allow both the Arts Festival and the Over the Rainbow program to promote arts and culture in Sault Ste. Marie.”

“We are thrilled to have the continued support of the Celebrate Canada program and the Canadian Arts Presentation Fund. This funding is vital to our organization and helps us to bring incredible talent to Sault Ste. Marie for our local, regional and provincial audiences in October and to our schools for over 5,000 students each year in our Festival of Learning.”
said  Donna Hilsinger, Executive Director, Algoma Fall Festival

“Festivals are wonderful occasions to celebrate our culture and heritage with family and friends.” The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism “Our government is proud to support festivals that showcase our communities, our diversity, and the incredible talent of Canadian artists. These festivals also stimulate the creative economy throughout our country. My message to all Canadians is: go out, explore and have fun!”