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The Shaw receives accessibility funding from the Government of Canada

Media Bulletin #11

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, July 27, 2013 . . . People with disabilities living in and visiting Niagara will soon benefit from improved accessibility at places like the Shaw Festival as a result of funding from the Government of Canada. The announcement was made Friday by the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, at the Shaw Festival, which is receiving grant funding under the Enabling Accessibility Fund.

“The Shaw has been entertaining both local and international audiences for over 50 years, and our Government is proud to help people with disabilities gain better access to all of their wonderful productions” said Minister Nicholson. “We are dedicated to ensuring all Canadians have the opportunity to enjoy and participate more fully in all that Niagara has to offer.”

The Shaw was particularly honoured to host Minister Nicholson, and his wife Arlene at Friday evening’s opening of The Light in the Piazza in the Court House Theatre.

The Shaw is receiving $50,000 which will allow it to improve accessibility in three of its four Niagara-on-the-Lake-based theatres. The main purpose of the grant is the construction of a new entrance and the installation of a lift at the Royal George Theatre. Additionally, funds have also been allocated for the installment of seven automatic door openers in the Festival Theatre, Production Centre and Royal George Theatre’s accessible washrooms. This funding is being provided through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, which has supported over 1,000 projects across the country since the first call for proposals in 2008.

To continue to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada, including workplaces, the Government of Canada proposed in Economic Action Plan 2013 to extend the Enabling Accessibility Fund on an ongoing basis at $15 million per year.

The celebration continues tonight with the opening of the Eda Holmes-directed Arcadia, Tom Stoppard’ multi-layered masterpiece, at the Studio Theatre.

For more information on our 2013 season, performance schedule and ticket information, please visit www.shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-SHAW.

Arcadia is sponsored by Paradigm Capital Inc.

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The Shaw Festival is a theatre company inspired by the work of Bernard Shaw. We produce plays from and about his era and contemporary plays that share Shaw’s provocative exploration of society and celebration of humanity.

Please visit our website at www.shawfest.com for other Shaw Festival media releases. For more information, or to acquire images to accompany this release, members of the media may contact:

Odette Yazbeck
Public Relations Director
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2222
odette@shawfest.com

Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2224
janand@shawfest.com

For more information on the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund, please contact:

Ana Curic
Office of Minister Kenney
819-994-2482

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559

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