Since the beginning of the year, the Canadian Arts Coalition was offered several opportunities to participate in parliamentary studies related to or impacting the arts. Here’s a status update as these various studies are wrapping up.
Cultural Hubs and Cultural Districts Study
The Coalition Co-Chairs appeared before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on March 29 as the part of the Study on Cultural Hubs and Cultural Districts in Canada . Following this testimonial , the Coalition worked with its Research and Policy Committee and members of the broader arts community to provide further clarity on questions related to community hubs, to the development of hubs and to the rural settings. The supplementary brief  was submitted to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on May 8.
Cultural Diplomacy Study
On April 26, Frédéric Julien and Renuka Bauri of the Canadian Arts Coalition appeared before Canada’s Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, as part of a Study on the impact and utilization of Canadian culture and arts in Canadian foreign policy and diplomacy . The Canadian Arts Coalition was invited as a witness following the submission of brief  exploring legislative and regulatory frameworks that can enable or impede reciprocity in cultural diplomacy (and artist mobility): work and visa regulations, international taxation, and intellectual property. Our opening presentation  provided supplemental information on these issues and it seemed to have captured the Senators’ attentions. Members of the Committee asked several questions covering a wide range of topics.
Further to this hearing, the Coalition assembled detailed answers and technical information in response to questions raised by members of the Committee. This supplementary brief  was submitted to the Chair and the Clerk of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, on May 29.
Gender Parity Study
On May 8th, Kate Cornell of the Canadian Arts Coalition appeared before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage as part of the Study of Gender Parity on the Boards and Senior Leadership Levels of Canadian Artistic and Cultural Organizations . The Canadian Arts Coalition was invited as a witness to talk primarily about the lack of diversity on boards of directors in the sector. Members of the Standing Committee, from all three parties, asked thoughtful questions about barriers to leadership positions for women. Following the hearing, the Canadian Arts Coalition was asked to submit a supplementary brief to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. This brief  was submitted on June 1.
The Canadian Arts Coalition would like to acknowledge the thoughtful contributions of everyone who provided input to these various briefs:
- The Coalition’s Research and Policy Committee
- ArtsBuild Ontario
- the Association of Canadian Publishers
- the Performing Arts Tax Working Group
- Women in Music Canada
- Playwrights Guild Canada
- Ontario Arts Council
- Canada Council for the Arts