Today, Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon - Souris, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support of $123,290 for the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium (WMCA) under the Government of Canada's Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
"By supporting improvements to the WMCA we are building a stronger community and supporting all those who showcase their talents here," said Maguire. "This project will be true to its original design and will breathe new life into this magnificent building."
The Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium will restore and modernize the foyer and concert hall. The components to renovate and modernize the foyer are:
- Replace carpeting;
- Replace eight benches;
- Repaint white stucco walls; and
- Install four large-format video display monitors.
The concert hall will see the following upgrades:
- Replace worn seating parts and repair damage;
- Make minor structural changes to south side of row M and N to add 3 more wheelchair spaces;
- Install new carpeting (carpeting company); and
- Repair minor damage (scrapes and scuffs, etc.) to wood trim of concert hall walls.
Franz Lehrbass, the General Manager of Brandon Centennial Auditorium said, "We're thrilled! This grant allows us to renovate our foyer and concert hall. I'm sure everyone will be proud of the new look, which will be both bold and familiar. The Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium will be re-launched to serve new generations of Western Manitoba. What a great way to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary!"
In Economic Action Plan 2015, the Government of Canada announced further support for communities with the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. Thanks to a commitment of $150 million, communities from coast to coast to coast will see support for improvements to local infrastructure, creating a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will help fund renovations, expansions and rehabilitations to existing infrastructure that provides community and cultural benefits for the public. The Program represents one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Government of Canada has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity across Canada.
Maguire concluded, "By working together we are getting results for Westman. I look forward to being back to partake in all of the amazing concerts, performances and shows that take place at the WMCA."