Apr 22 2021
Highlights from the Federal budget: 2021
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance:
The federal budget increased supports funding for arts and culture. Since the pandemic crisis the estimated loss of jobs in arts, entertainment and industry is between 35 and 40% across Canada (Canadian Labour Market Survey).
This budget will invest $300-million over two years to Canadian Heritage. The funding is designed under a recovery fund for employment to support the recovery of those arts and culture and in the industries.
Supporting Canada’s Arts, Culture, Heritage, and Sport Organizations and Workers
Cultural experiences and sport are central to our well-being, and although Canadians have forgone them out of safety, the many workers and organizations in the sector have faced significant difficulties.
Across Canada, the organizations that host artistic, heritage, and sport events and exhibits have been among the hardest hit during the pandemic, and many Canadian artists and cultural workers have struggled to find work.
With reduced revenues, many heritage, arts, and sport organizations run the risk of not surviving through to the other side of the pandemic without additional support.
Budget 2021 proposes to:
- Provide $300 million over two years to Canadian Heritage to establish a Recovery Fund for Arts, Culture, Heritage, and Sport Sectors.
- Provide $49.6 million over three years to Canadian Heritage for the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, and the Celebration and Commemoration Program.
- Provide $70 million over three years to Canadian Heritage for the Canada Music Fund. This includes up to $50 million to help the live music sector, including music venues, weather the pandemic.
- Provide $15 million to Canadian Heritage for the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to help arts and heritage institutions upgrade their facilities to meet public health guidelines.
- Provide $17.2 million to the National Arts Centre to address financial pressures caused by COVID 19 and to ensure the NAC will continue to support artists and celebrate Canadian culture.
- Provide $6 million over two years to the National Arts Centre to support collaborations with equity deserving groups to help relaunch the performing arts sector.
More information is available here.