The Government of Canada supports the Harrison McCain Pavilion at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

The new Harrison McCain Pavilion at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton will help strengthen the local economy and attract tourists to world-class cultural attractions

FREDERICTON, N.B., November 2, 2022 /CNW/ – The Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguezand the Minister of Official Languages ​​and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, are pleased to announce more than $2.5 million for funding the new Harrison McCain Pavilion at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton.

The government of Canada continues its commitment to invest in projects that contribute to the vitality of our communities, support the local economy and promote the development of the tourism industry.
Named in honor of the deceased Harrison McCainco-founder of multinational McCain Foods, the new pavilion at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is a multi-purpose community space intended to accommodate a variety of activities.

For gallery infrastructure projects, the Department of Canadian Heritage provided $1.5 million in funding through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, including $1 million for the new pavilion and $500,000 for improvement projects within the gallery itself.

To support marketing and events related to the opening of the new pavilion, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency provided non-repayable funding of $1 million through the Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), as well as $48,557 in non-repayable funding through the Rediscover Main Streets initiative.
The official opening of the Harrison McCain Pavilion took place on September 10 at an event open to the public.


“Cultural organizations are an integral part of the fabric of our country. Culture brings us together and unites us. The Harrison McCain Pavilion project at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery perfectly embodies the vision underlying the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. Today, I salute the determination and commitment of all those who participated in the development and realization of this project, and I invite the public to come and discover all that this gallery has to offer.”

— The Honorable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“We are proud to invest in the outreach of this new pavilion, which will allow visitors to take advantage of the expanded gallery and programming space. Cultural spaces like the Harrison McCain Pavilion offer enriching and exciting activities that reflect all that Atlantic Canada has to offer.”

—The Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages ​​and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

“Cultural and tourist spaces are at the heart of our communities. Through projects like the new Harrison McCain Pavilion, the Government of Canada contributes positively to the development of the arts and culture sector, to the expansion of the tourism sector and to the economic future of the region and our country. »

—The Honorable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance

“The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is a pillar of from Fredericton cultural and social life. I am thrilled to see the evolution of the gallery with the opening of this new pavilion, a welcoming space that will bring our community together. I salute the efforts of those who believed in this project and accomplished it.”

—Jenica Atwin, MP for Fredericton

“The gallery’s mandate is to enrich life through art. With our extensive collection, we truly have something for everyone. We are confident that this expansion will develop and grow the arts and culture sector. culture at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and beyond. We are thrilled that, thanks to funding from the Government of Canadathe Harrison McCain Pavilion is expanding to offer even more to those who visit our space.”

—Thomas Smart, Director/CEO, Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Fast facts

Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation. The Fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF) supports projects that strengthen the economy of Atlantic Canada communities.

The Rediscover Main Streets initiative helps nonprofits come together to generate new ideas that inspire locals and tourists to rediscover all that their main streets, downtowns and neighborhoods have to offer, while by further supporting local businesses.

Construction of the Harrison McCain Pavilion began in 2019. A particular goal of this major project was to create a fully accessible 10,000 square foot expansion that would dramatically change the landscape of Queen Street, honoring the legacy and generosity of Harrison McCain.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery and an important collection of works of art were offered to the inhabitants of New Brunswick by Lord Beaverbrook, Sir Max Atkenon September 16, 1959. In 1994, the Beaverbrook was officially designated the Provincial Art Gallery of New Brunswick.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery brings art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment governed by the highest standards in exhibitions, programming and education.

As the provincial art gallery of New Brunswick, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is committed to maintaining artistic excellence in the care, research and development of the gallery’s collections; present engaging and engaging exhibits and programs to encourage greater appreciation of the visual arts; and embrace and advance both official language communities in the province, as well as Indigenous communities New Brunswick.

Related links

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Press release from August 16, 2022 (Beaverbrook Art Gallery website)

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: For further information (media only), please contact: Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, [email protected]; Marianne Blondin, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Official Languages ​​and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, [email protected]; Ann Kenney, Senior Communications Officer, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, [email protected]

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