Royal Theatre to Receive Upgrades through Canadian Heritage Grant

Jan 23, 2017

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has approved the Conditional Grant Agreement with the Government of Canada that will provide the CRD with a contribution of $400,000 for upgrades to the Royal Theatre.

The Department of Canadian Heritage is providing $168.2 million over two years for the renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities under the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF). On December 22, 2016, the Government of Canada announced that CRD was being awarded $400,000 to carry out upgrades to the audio system and projectors in the Royal Theatre.

“The CRD is proud to provide support to professional artistic and heritage activities in the region.” said CRD Board Chair, Barbara Desjardins. “Both audience and performers will benefit from these upgrades.”

“The Royal and McPherson Theatres Society are pleased to continue working with the Department of Canadian Heritage to further develop the process of making an early 20th century Theatre remain relevant into the 21st century,” said Byron Smith, President of the Royal and McPherson Board. “The upgrades to the audio system will bring improvements in our ability to deliver impressive sound quality to every seat in the theatre.”

The Royal Theatre is owned by the CRD and receives funding from the municipalities of Saanich, Victoria and Oak Bay. The Royal & McPherson Theatre Society (RTMS) operates the Royal Theatre and has a Board of Directors made up of one municipal Councillor from Saanich, Victoria and Oak Bay, plus four directors appointed by the CRD Board, and five elected directors.

The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at

The Royal and McPherson Theatre Society (RMTS) is a not-for-profit organization that manages all operational aspects of the Royal Theatre and the McPherson Playhouse. We are unique as we provide “one stop shopping” for our clients, in that we handle the rentals and upkeep of the venues, provide box office, technical and front of house services. The RMTS currently functions as a rental venue and not a producing arts organization.


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Andy Orr, Senior Manager
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