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Analysis of the Federal Budget: a New Approach

The Canadian Conference of the Arts [1], the Canadian Arts Coalition [2] and the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance [3] are pleased to release the analysis of the 2016 Federal Budget [4] which examines federal funding for the arts and culture sector for the 2016 – 2017 fiscal year. The analysis concludes, in broad terms, that the government’s approach to the arts and culture sector to date is a very positive one, supported with substantial reinvestments and new investments in the sector.

Five main findings emerge.

First, the government has signaled a new approach to governance at the federal level. Budget 2016 followed through on many of the objectives of the mandate letter sent to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, made public for the first time.

Second, the government’s support for the arts and cultural sector is grounded in both economic and socio-cultural rationales.

Third, the government places substantial priority on the arts and culture, committing an additional $1.9 billion in funding to the sector over the next five years. This is an unprecedented investment.

Fourth, the government places substantial priority on investing in infrastructure. Budget 2016 announced a plan for $120 billion worth of infrastructure spending over ten years, including $342 already committed to cultural infrastructure.

Fifth, the government is investing substantial resources into celebrations for the 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The arts are not always explicitly mentioned in the government’s plans, so it will be important for the sector to underscore the important contribution that the arts can play in the celebrations.

“The government’s recognition of the importance of the arts and culture sector is very encouraging. The reinvestment has brought some programs back to the levels where they were prior to recent cuts. That and the increase in the Canada Council’s budget is very welcome news,” said Kathleen Sharpe, president of the Canadian Conference of the Arts.

Budget 2016 – Culture and Arts: a New Approach [5], revised version, December 22, 2016
 

For more information, contact:

Kathleen Sharpe [6]
Canadian Conference of the Arts
416-969-7421

 

Pour de plus amples informations, communiquez avec :

Frédéric Julien [7]
Canadian Arts Coalition
613-562-3515

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