A federal investment of more than $2.2 million will help breathe new life into The Rose Theatre in Brampton.
Brampton South MP Sonia Sidhu made the funding announcement earlier this month for the project that will see the rehabilitation of the popular performing arts theatre.
“Investing in performing arts centres promotes cultural diversity and enriches the artistic talent in communities where people live, work and raise families,” Sidhu said on behalf of Catherine McKenna, the Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
“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.”
The Government of Canada’s funding for the project comes through the Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan and is added on to by the more than $1.8 million in funding from the Government of Ontario and $1.5M from the City of Brampton.
Various accessibility upgrades to be made to The Rose include installing climb-assist railings in the upper balcony, replacing a portion of the fixed seating with removable seating, upgrading and placing emergency alarms in the washrooms and adding a wheelchair lift.
Other work to be done though the project includes upgrading the theatre lighting to LED technology, automating the current rigging system, and updating the video infrastructure from analog to digital.
“(The) funding announcement from the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario for accessibility and efficiency upgrades at The Rose helps contribute to a more inclusive space for our residents, audiences and artists,” Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said.
“When all levels of government work together and invest in infrastructure and services for our residents, we create a better quality of life and enhance civic pride. I look forward to the days ahead where we’ll be able to join in-person at The Rose and enjoy live performing arts in our city.”
When work is complete, the project will enhance the accessibility of the local theatre for both audiences and artists, as well as increase operational efficiency by reducing time and labour required to present events and programming.