Government of Canada supports Arts and Culture in Guelph

March 30, 2022


Arts and culture in Guelph have a wonderful way of bringing us together and strengthening our community.  It is also a dynamic way to celebrate and strengthen our local economy.  For more than two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit cultural organizations hard.  Many are facing exceptional financial pressures as they adjusted to cancelled and virtual events. 

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation. The Fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces. The CCSF is supporting cultural infrastructure projects across the country.  This funding provides for the continuation of quality programing, modernizing digital presentation as well as engaging a broader community as we begin to resume live events.

MP Longfield is pleased to announce funding has been awarded to the Guelph Youth Music Centre in the amount of $124,000 and to the City of Guelph for the River Run Centre in the amount of $102,439.  The City of Guelph’s Live from the River Run performances focus on supporting local artists and connecting with audiences in our community and beyond.  This funding will be used by the City for the purchase and installation of camera equipment, the purchase and installation of video switcher systems, and video streaming capability with high-end video quality to show their productions online.

The Guelph Youth Music Centre will utilize the funding to retrofit their HVAC system with five rooftop units and six ductless heat pumps, install touchless doors, soap dispensers and taps in all five washrooms in their facility.

Guelph Youth Music Centre is a not for profit performing arts facility operator and arts presenter based in Guelph that has been in operation since 1981, formally incorporated in 1992, and in its current building since 1995. 

River Run Centre presents professional arts productions in the City of Guelph's downtown core and benefits the community and surrounding area by providing a premier stage for concerts, musicals, plays, dance performances, family shows, and much more.  The facility engages hundreds of community volunteers each year and hosts several school groups and dance competitions, continually offering a safe and accessible space for education and engagement.

Federal Budget 2021 included an additional $15 million for one year to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID 19. The funds are disbursed in 2021–2022, and support projects with a clear and specific focus on the safe re-opening of cultural spaces. By enabling arts and heritage organizations to implement the changes necessary to ensure safe and secure spaces, the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund can help promote public confidence to return to cultural attendance and activity.



Projects like these highlight the importance of the arts for our personal and community development by making it safer to be there in person, or to provide more opportunities for reaching a broader audience virtually.

Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph

"With this funding from CCSF, the Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC) will be positioned to ensure our facility is a safe and healthy environment for everyone who works and plays here. The pandemic has been a most challenging time for the GYMC, as it has for many non-profits who have been unable to fully carry out their mission. We are very grateful to the Government of Canada for supporting us as we move forward stronger than ever. We couldn't do it without you!"

Gabriella Currie-Ziegler, Executive Director, Guelph Youth Music Centre

“This funding will help River Run Centre produce shows that highlight local artists, build connections with audiences, and bring us together the way only live performances can.  On behalf of Council, thank you to the Government of Canada for this investment in the safe reopening of our much-loved cultural spaces.”

Cam Guthrie, Mayor of Guelph

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Lianne Cassidy

Executive Assistant to MP Lloyd Longfield

Member of Parliament for Guelph