The Canadian Arts Coalition is proud to share its two Budget 2019 recommendations. These pre-budget recommendations take into account the economic competitiveness of several stakeholders, both organizations and individuals. These recommendations were identified as priorities by 30 member associations – representing thousands of artists and hundreds of arts organizations – during consultations held in June 2018.
- Our first recommendation is to increase the funding to the Canada Arts Presentation Fund for performing arts presenters and festivals by $30 million in order to create synergies with other federal investments and to enable Canadian productions to be competitive both on the domestic market and on the world stage. The Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) provides financial assistance to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series (arts presenters)Arts presentation is a crucial part of the performing arts production chain: it is the point at which the value created upstream by the creators is finally monetized through ticket sales.
- Our second recommendation is to recognize the professional status of Canadian artists by implementing fair taxation in order to establish a more coherent and predictable support and fiscal ecosystem. Since April 2018, when the CBC wrote about sculptor Steve Higgins’s negative experience with the Canada Revenue Agency, numerous artists have communicated with the Canadian Arts Coalition that the CRA has reassessed their tax returns that include income from public funders.The Canadian Arts Coalition highly recommends that the CRA’s reassessment procedures be reviewed to better align with the realities of professional artists working primarily in the not-for-profit sector. Additionally, the Canadian Arts Coalition recommends that the Canada Revenue Agency develop clearer guidance for all officers/auditors, and all granting bodies (such as the Canada Council for the Arts) in reporting to keep the distinction between student scholarships and Artist’s Project Grants distinct.
The Canadian Arts Coalition is grateful for the government’s existing investments in social infrastructure and in the Canada Council for the Arts. These two ongoing investments have been essential for the arts sector to blossom in the last year. In addition, digital platforms continue to be pivotal for artists to share their work internationally, as content creators.
For Canadian artists and arts organizations, economic competitiveness means having opportunities to share their creative output in other provinces and beyond our borders. Right now, the domestic market is the bottleneck of Canada’s creative production chain. With adequate support, this domestic market can become a catalyst rather than an impediment to the Creative Export Strategy and the Creative Export Canada program announced in June 2018.
The deadline to make submissions is Friday, August 3rd. For more information on how to make a submission you can visit the Finance Committee website.