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August 25, 2014 – Sydney, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Entrepreneurs in Cape Breton’s craft sector will gain enhanced access to programing, marketing and upgraded facilities thanks to a federal contribution of $430,900 for two projects at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and Member of Parliament (South Shore–St. Margaret’s), was in Sydney today to make the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA).
The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, is contributing $225,000 over a three-year period to increase the profile and prominence of Cape Breton’s craft sector on a local, regional, national and international scale.
An additional $205,900 federal contribution, also through ACOA’s Business Development Program, will enable the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design to carry out improvements to its Charlotte Street location, including energy efficiency upgrades and efforts to enhance public access and use.
- The Centre’s three-year marketing project will increase local artisans’ profiles in domestic and international markets. A long-term marketing strategy will be developed with emphasis on cultural tourism promotional opportunities. The Centre will achieve this by partnering with cultural organizations and the tourism and private sectors.
- The proposed improvements to the Charlotte Street facilities include exterior improvements and upgrades; updated signage and improved curb appeal for the Esplanade entrance; Gallery Shop and interior upgrades; energy efficiency and lighting upgrades; and, improved technology and communication systems throughout the building to enhance its appeal as an event venue.
- As of March 2014, the Centre had 269 active members.
“The craft industry is a valuable component of Canada’s cultural sector and a significant contributor to the local economy. Canadian entrepreneurs can compete with anyone in the world, and our Government is pleased to support projects that will help businesses grow and create jobs. By enhancing artisans’ marketing skills and supporting sector development, we are providing entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow and prosper.”
- Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for ACOA, and Member of Parliament (South Shore–St. Margaret’s), on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA)
“The Centre for Craft and Design supports the growth of existing and emerging creative businesses. These projects will enhance Island artisans’ access to resources and facilities essential to increasing productivity and revenue. We are thrilled to partner with the Government of Canada in building a more prominent craft sector across Cape Breton Island. ”
- Lori Burke, Executive Director, Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design
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