Arts and culture inspire us and bring us together. They also strengthen our communities and boost our economy. Since March 2020, Canadians have had few opportunities to take part in arts and cultural gatherings due to closures or cancellations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many organizations have been under financial pressure. During these difficult times, the Government of Canada has been committed to supporting them.
It was in this context that the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, today announced Government of Canada funding to support the 39th edition of the Just For Laughs Festival.
Canadian Heritage funding of $1,700,000 over two years (2021 and 2022 editions) will be provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. These funds will support the artistic programming of the Just For Laughs Festival. The event will offer the community a bilingual, cosmopolitan and extensive program both indoors (paid) and outdoors (free). Activities will take place in Place des Festivals and at several venues in the Quartier des spectacles.
“To the delight of everyone taking part, the 39th Just For Laughs/Juste pour rire Festival will be held in person this summer. This comedy festival holds a special place in the heart of our community. The event is a must-see, and we’re proud to contribute to such a rich lineup. Have a great festival!
—The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage