The Canadian Arts Coalition is deeply concerned about the recent cuts to arts funding programs at the Departments of Canadian Heritage and Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The reported reductions to programs are estimated to exceed $44 million a year. The high quality of life, for which Canada is known, depends on a rich, vibrant and diverse arts community. Reduced support for artists and arts organizations will have a negative impact on all Canadians.
The cultural sector represents a significant segment of the economy, exceeding $46 billion, and in 2007 contributed to 7.4% of Canada’s GDP. Like any other sector in our economy, government investment in the arts is critical to ensuring that the sector continues to grow and that Canadians continue to have access to outstanding artists, arts organizations and arts experience.
In 2007, the government demonstrated its commitment to the arts sector by increasing the base budget of the Canada Council for the Arts by $30 million. We urge the Government of Canada not to move backwards with the elimination of $44 million in support. Rather, the arts sector looks forward to working with the government to design new programs that will assist artists and arts organizations, build capacity and explore new markets for their artistic creations.
The Canadian Arts Coalition is the largest group of artists, arts executives and business leaders ever assembled from across the country. We are united in the view that greater public investment in the arts through the Canada Council for the Arts is essential to Canada’s future.
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