The Government of Canada is providing $400,000 in funding over three years to the Centre des arts contemporains du Québec in Sorel-Tracy. The funding is being used to restore and redevelop the former customs office in the historic building, bringing to mind the city’s industrial heritage.
The project, called “Cost to Coast… Our 375 Years,” was developed to celebrate the 375th anniversary of the City of Sorel-Tracy, which took place in 2017. It entails the restoration and renovation of one of the buildings on the former site of the Sincennes-McNaughton Line, transforming it into an exhibition and promotional space. The redeveloped space will provide residents with an exhibition area, creative workshop space, training and education rooms, interpretation panels and other features, which will highlight the history of the site and the city.
“Le Centre des arts contemporains would like to thank the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Quebec Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy and the City of Sorel-Tracy for their contribution to this project, which will benefit our artists, artisans, citizens and cultural organizations,” said Dominique Rolland, CEO of Centre des arts contemporains du Québec in Sorel-Tracy, in a press release. “We are all proud of this redevelopment as it perfectly matches the values we uphold and the goals we have pursued for more than 35 years.”
The funding is provided through the Legacy Fund of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, administered by Canadian Heritage. The City of Sorel-Tracy is investing $730,000 in the project. It is the lead provider of funding and principal partner of the Centre des arts contemporains du Québec in Sorel-Tracy.