MIL-OSI Canada: Budget 2024: Growing communities and rebuilding Toronto’s Blackhurst Cultural Centre

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Source: Government of Canada News

June 2, 2024 – Toronto, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

Growing communities need more infrastructure. Community facilities, like libraries, cultural and community centres, and recreation facilities, are essential spaces for social interaction where Canadians can come together as neighbours. That is why the federal government committed to investing in cities and towns across the country.

Today in Toronto, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, and Her Worship Olivia Chow, Mayor of Toronto, announced a joint investment of $14.12 million for the Blackhurst Cultural Centre’s second phase expansion.

By rebuilding a heritage building currently owned by the City of Toronto, the Blackhurst Cultural Centre—a Black-led non-profit organization in Mirvish Village—will be able to expand its role as Toronto’s hub for Black culture and history.

Upon completion in 2025, the expanded Blackhurst Cultural Centre will create new, enriched opportunities for more Torontonians to enjoy programing focused on the history of Canadians of African and Caribbean ancestry through literature, music, drama, dance, and visual arts. 

The investment will result in more cost-effective non-profit operations, thanks to increased energy efficiency—a priority of the federal government’s Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program. The expanded, more accessible space will help Black artists and community members to flourish, with a soundproofed drumming studio, an art gallery, a digital podcast room, a bookstore, and multi-purpose community spaces.

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