Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
April 11, 2019

Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre to be Expanded

The Town of Carbonear is expanding and renovating the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre so it can diversify and accommodate larger scale events, including theatre productions and other shows. The expansion involves the construction of a large multi-purpose room, a kitchenette and an improved and bigger backstage area, including renovated dressing rooms and washrooms.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing $203,223 towards the project and the Government of Canada is providing a non-repayable contribution of $528,382.

The Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Transportation and Works and MHA for Carbonear -Trinity - Bay de Verde, on behalf of the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, and Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), made the announcement today.

This investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy by helping the region’s tourism industry attract more visitors and create new jobs. This bold new approach is in line with Canada’s Tourism Vision, which seeks to make Canada a top-10 global tourism destination by 2025.

Provincial support for these projects delivers on commitments of The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

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“Our government is pleased to support the expansion of the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre, improving its ability to attract larger scale theatrical productions, trade shows, drama festivals and other community events. Enhancing this cultural facility will act as a catalyst for increased investment and business development in Carbonear’s downtown renewal initiative.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“This funding is excellent news for Carbonear - Trinity - Bay de Verde. This expansion of the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre will benefit the entire Trinity Conception region and it will also be an integral part of Carbonear's downtown renewal initiatives. The construction for the renewal of the downtown area will be commencing soon and will allow the community to take full advantage of their downtown area."
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Transportation and Works and MHA for Carbonear - Trinity - Bay de Verde

“Our government is laying the foundation for Canadians to become more competitive and succeed in the global economy. Today’s investment in the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre is building on our competitive advantages by supporting the modernization of community infrastructure and the expansion of key tourism assets, which are needed to boost economic growth and create good, middle class jobs for Canadians.”
Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“The Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre is one of several key attractions in Carbonear that draws visitors from around the world and is a source of pride for residents and the entire Baccalieu Trail region. We are pleased to partner with the Town of Carbonear to support the expansion of this beautiful theatre, which will enable it to better accommodate the needs of performing companies and increase its capacity to host larger events. Project like this one help advance tourism and economic activity in the region for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors alike.”
Ken McDonald
Member of Parliament for Avalon

“The Town of Carbonear would like to thank ACOA and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation for funding the theatre expansion, which is an investment in tourism and economic growth in Carbonear and the region. As the principal performing arts centre on the Baccalieu Trail, this funding will allow the theatre to diversify and accommodate larger scale events enhancing the economy of the region.”
Frank Butt
Mayor, Town of Carbonear

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Media contacts
Eric Humber
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
709-729-4819, 725-9655
erichumber@gov.nl.ca

Angelica Hill
Government Members Office
709-729-4634
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Paul McGrath
ACOA NL
709-772-2984
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Cynthia A. Davis
Chief Adminstrative Officer
Town of Carbonear
709-596-3831 Ext. 224
c.davis@nf.aibn.com

2019 04 11                              3:25 p.m.