Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 26, 2009 12:40 ET

Government of Canada Ensures Financial Stability of Cultural Sector by Renewing Arts Investments for Next Five Years

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 26, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the renewal of arts funding for the next five years. He made the announcement at the Vancouver Arts Summit, where he also discussed the benefits of the creative economy and the opportunities presented to the arts and cultural sectors by the changing technological landscape.

"The cultural sector needs stability in this time of economic uncertainty. With ongoing investments by our Government, artists and arts organizations can plan their activities for the longer term and continue to create, produce, and present innovative works that will make Canadians proud," said Minister Moore.

These renewed investments in the arts represent $504 million in support over five years and are in addition to measures announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan. These measures include a 41-percent increase in the budget for the Canada Arts Training Fund(i) and additional funding of $60 million over two years for the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund,(i) doubling the budget for the program this year and extending it to 2010-2011.

This brings total Government of Canada investment to $1.51 billion for the fiscal years from 2010 to 2015. Of the funding announced today, $25 million per year will go to the Canada Council for the Arts, maintaining its yearly funding at its highest level ever-$181 million.

"Our Government is spending more on arts and culture, and we're spending more efficiently," added Minister Moore. "Each of our arts programs has undergone an evaluation process and can now be more effective in our efforts to support the arts community."

"Today's announcement is excellent news for artists and arts organizations throughout our country, as well as all Canadians whose lives are enriched by the arts," said Alain Pineau, National Director of the Canadian Conference of the Arts. "A five-year financial commitment provides exactly the kind of stability that the sector needs to be able to continue making an important contribution to our society and economy."

The Canada Cultural Investment Fund(i) will continue to help our arts and heritage organizations find more income sources and become increasingly financially viable. Funding for cultural and heritage infrastructure will continue through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund,(i) and support for festivals and professional arts events will continue through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund(i) (provisional title).

Through its arts policies and programs, the Government of Canada aims to promote Canadian artistic talent and provide with access to the arts. The Government's investments in the arts sector help further develop creative excellence in Canada, allow many Canadians to have access to the arts, and ensure arts organizations develop in a sustainable environment.

(i) Note that the following four programs have changed their names. However, their mandate and objectives remain the same.



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Former name New name
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Canadian Arts and Heritage Canada Cultural Investment Fund
Sustainability Program
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Cultural Spaces Canada Program Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
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National Arts Training Contribution Program Canada Arts Training Fund
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Arts Presentation Canada Program Canada Arts Presentation Fund
(provisional title)
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BACKGROUNDER

How much funding is being announced today?

The Government of Canada's renewed investment in the arts includes $51.8 million growing to $81.8 million annually for Canadian Heritage arts programs and $25 million annually for the Canada Council for the Arts. This means a total of $504 million over five years as follows:




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Funding Renewed ($M)
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PCH Programs 2010- 2011- 2012- 2013- 2014- Five-Year
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Total
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Canada Cultural Investment Fund 33.8 33.8 33.8 33.8 33.8 169
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Canada Cultural Spaces Fund N.B. 30 30 30 30 120
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Canada Arts Presentation Fund 18 18 18 18 18 90
(provisional title)
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Renewed PCH Program Funding 51.8 81.8 81.8 81.8 81.8 379
Subtotal
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Canada Council for the Arts 25 25 25 25 25 125
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Total 76.8 106.8 106.8 106.8 106.8 504
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N.B. $30 million was already confirmed for the Canadian Cultural Spaces
Fund in Canada's Economic Action Plan 2009 for fiscal year 2010-2011.
Therefore, it is not part of this funding renewal and does not appear in
this table.


Today's announcement builds on two increases contained in Canada's Economic Action Plan 2009:

- An increase of 41 percent to train the next generation of Canada's most promising artists through the Canada Arts Training Fund, as announced by Minister Moore in March at the Banff Centre for the Arts. The budget for this program has increased from $17.1 million to $24.1 million, and funding has been made ongoing.

- $60 million for the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to improve arts and heritage infrastructure-an additional $30 million in 2009-2010, which doubled the program's funding for the current fiscal year, and a one-year extension of the program to 2010-2011. (Today's announcement extends this program from 2011-2012 to 2014-2015.)

Including existing base funding in some programs, the above-noted increases to the Canada Arts Training Fund and the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, and funding announced today, the total investment in the arts by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts will total $1.51 billion over five years as follows:



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Total Funding ($M)
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Programs 2010- 2011- 2012- 2013- 2014- Five-Year
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Total
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Canada Cultural Investment Fund 33.8 33.8 33.8 33.8 33.8 169
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Canada Cultural Spaces Fund 30 30 30 30 30 150
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Canada Arts Presentation Fund 33.4 33.4 33.4 33.4 33.4 167
(provisional title)
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Canada Arts Training Fund(ii) 24.1 24.1 24.1 24.1 24.1 120.5
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Renewed Program Funding 121.3 121.3 121.3 121.3 121.3 606.5
Subtotal
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Canada Council for the Arts 181 181 181 181 181 905
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Total 302.3 302.3 302.3 302.3 302.3 1,512
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Description of Department of Canadian Heritage Arts Programs and Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Arts Presentation Fund (provisional title)

The Government of Canada has renewed funding of $18 million for the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, maintaining its total annual budget at $33.4 million.

This Fund helps give Canadians direct access to a variety of local arts festivals and professional performing-arts series. The program helps Canadian not-for-profit organizations expand their programming to include, for example, the presentation of Canada's emerging artists and those from other provinces and territories.

In fiscal year 2008-2009 alone, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund provided funding to 599 organizations in 237 different municipalities.

Through the Government's renewed investment in this fund, Canadians will continue to have access to arts experiences from all regions of Canada that reflect our rich cultural landscape. Canadian communities will have the opportunity to participate in the broadest possible range of professional artistic experiences created, produced, and distributed through cultural venues and events.

(ii)Canada Arts Training Fund

Canada's Economic Action Plan 2009 announced increased funding to the Canada Arts Training Fund, bringing this program's total budget to from $17.1 million to $24.1 million.

The Canada Arts Training Fund supports the training of artists with great potential through institutions that offer instruction of the highest calibre. The program's objective is to contribute to the development of Canadian creators and future cultural leaders.

This year, this program is providing operating funds to 37 national training schools in artistic disciplines such as theatre, music, circus arts, dance, and Aboriginal artistic expression. The Government's enhanced support for this program will ensure that these important national institutions remain financially stable and maintain their competitiveness in attracting the best faculty and students.

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

Continued annual funding of $30 million through 2014-2015 for the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund builds on economic stimulus measures announced to support cultural infrastructure projects in Canada's Economic Action Plan.

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the physical infrastructure needed to ensure all Canadians can experience the work of Canadian artists and appreciate museum collections, heritage displays, and exhibitions in communities of all sizes across the country. The Fund's investment in community assets results in more vibrant Canadian communities while creating economic spinoffs in a variety of sectors (construction, technology, and cultural tourism). The Government's continued support for this program will ensure that Canada's cultural facilities provide the best environment possible for arts and cultural productions and presentations that Canadians want to experience.

Canada Cultural Investment Fund

The Government of Canada has announced the renewal of $33.8 million for the Canada Cultural Investment Fund. This funding will help arts and heritage organizations continue to build and diversify their revenue streams, strengthen their organizational capacity, business skills, and competencies. It will also assist them in being better rooted and recognized in their communities.

This will be achieved through:

- Endowment Incentives, which will continue to stimulate private donations to arts organizations

- Cultural Capitals of Canada, which will continue to reward Canadian municipalities for their cultural achievements and support ongoing cultural development

- Strategic Initiatives, which, through partnerships and collective efforts, will enable arts and heritage organizations as well as communities to access resources to implement better business practices, diversify revenue sources, increase their competitiveness, and advance cultural development.

Since 2006, the Canada Cultural Investments Fund has provided more than $44 million to various endowment funds, while the private sector has provided $72 million, for a total of more than $116 million. It has also recognized 17 municipalities as Cultural Capitals of Canada based on their track records for cultural development.

CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS

The Government of Canada is renewing $25 million in existing funding for the Canada Council for the Arts, which provides direct support to Canadian artists and arts organizations to support activities such as creation, production, presentation, and touring.

The Canada Council is a federal Crown corporation with a mandate "to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts." The Canada Council is responsible for its policies, programs, and decisions. Its primary funding criterion is artistic excellence. It makes independent funding decisions based on merit as determined through peer-jury review processes. The juries are composed of experts in their artistic disciplines from all parts of Canada.

This Government is investing a total of $181 million annually in the Canada Council for the Arts, the highest level of funding in its history.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager, Communications
    604-666-6504
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155