MONTREAL, Aug. 20, 2017 : Canadian Heritage and Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)
As the parade draws near, along with the final activities that will close 11 days of festivities that have once again rocked Montreal, the Government of Canada announced that four financial contributions totalling $463,300 have been granted to the Montreal Pride non-profit organization.

CED has awarded $100,000 in financial assistance, in the form of a non-repayable contribution, through the Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP). The support will help the organization market the festival abroad by promoting it during events targeting the LGTBQ2 community, placing ads, taking part in trade shows and conducting a festival attendance and economic impact study.

Canadian Heritage has provided three non-repayable funding packages totalling $363,300. The Canada 150 Fund has awarded $250,000; the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program has granted a contribution of $93,300; and the Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Funding Program has invested $20,000. The funding has helped Montreal Pride present the first edition of Canada Pride, host a greater number of local artists, support the numerous volunteers and organize the International Conference on Sexual Diversity & Gender Plurality in the Francophonie, which was held on August 18.


"Canada is known for its diversity and openness. Our government is proud to support activities that uphold this reputation while fostering respect and understanding in our society. This colourful festival allows us to celebrate the culture and pride of the LGBTQ2 communities and brings together people of all ages and backgrounds. In honour of Canada 150, let us work together to ensure that our country remains a place where everyone can thrive and reach their full potential."

The Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"The Government of Canada supports inspiring and unifying events that uphold Canada's cherished values of diversity and inclusiveness the world over. CED's financial contribution to Montreal Pride's international marketing project will help generate even greater benefits in terms of jobs, tourism and visibility."

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED

Quick facts
•Established by Canadian Heritage, the Canada 150 Fund aims to promote Canadian values, culture and history; generate national pride; and bring citizens together to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary.
•The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage - Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans or heritage performers.
•The Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Funding Program supports the socio-economic integration of individuals and communities and helps them to contribute to building an integrated, socially cohesive society.
•CED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

(Posted on 20 August 2017, 1685693161 3O231O217O107)