Ottawa, Ontario To Upgrade Rose Theatre

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The grand Rose Theatre in Brampton to be upgraded. Pic: Ontario’s Ministry of Infrastructure.

BRAMPTON: The governments of Canada and Ontario have jointly announced funding for the rehabilitation of The Rose performing arts theatre in Brampton.

The announcement was made by Sonia Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Brampton South, on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction and MPP for Brampton South, on behalf of Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and Patrick Brown, Mayor of Brampton.

Ottawa is investing more than $2.2 million in this project through the Community, Culture
and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $1.8 million in funding while the City of Brampton is contributing over $1.5 million toward this project.

The project will involve various accessibility upgrades, which include installing climb-assist
railings in the upper balcony, replacing a portion of the currently fixed seating with removable seating, upgrading and placing emergency alarms in the washrooms, and adding a wheelchair lift.

Other work will include upgrading theatre lighting to LED technology, automating the current rigging system, and updating video infrastructure from analog to digital.

Once complete, the project will enhance the accessibility of The Rose for both audiences and artists, and increase operational efficiency by reducing the time and labour required to present events and programming.

All orders of government continue to work together for the people of Ontario to make strategic infrastructure investments in communities across the province when they are needed most.

• Through the Investing in Canada plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

• Across Ontario, the Government of Canada has invested more than $8.3 billion in over 2,870 infrastructure projects.

• Over the next 10 years, the Government of Ontario is investing approximately $320 million across the province and the federal government is investing approximately $407 million in Ontario under the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This stream supports the construction of new facilities and upgrades to existing facilities that improve community infrastructure (e.g., community centres, libraries), recreational venues (e.g., arenas, recreational spaces) and cultural spaces (e.g., theatres, museums).

• Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green; rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure. Sonia Sidhu said: “Investing in performing arts centres promotes cultural diversity and enriches the artistic talent in communities where people live, work and raise families.

“The rehabilitation of The Rose will ensure this iconic theatre is more accessible and enjoyable for all residents and visitors, and first-rate performances will continue for many years to come. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

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