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Canadian Arts Coalition welcomes news of an additional $30 million in permanent funds to the Canada Council for the Arts

(20 July 2007, Toronto) The Canadian Arts Coalition welcomes the news that the one time increase in funds to the Canada Council for the Arts, announced in 2006, is now permanent. Canadian Heritage Minister, the Honourable Bev Oda, confirmed today that the permanent allocation to the Council will grow to $181 million from its current level of $151 million. “Today’s news will provide a real boost to the entire Canadian arts sector” said Nancy Webster, General Manager of Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People and President of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT). “The one-time infusion of supplementary funds to the Council last year demonstrated that there is a real need for sustained and increased permanent funding to the arts across Canada. Minister Oda’s announcement is an important step forward in addressing a critical shortfall and she is to be applauded.” The vitality of the arts is a critical component in the richness of our individual communities, our national economy and our international profile, noted Madeleine Careau, Directrice Générale, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal “Making the $30 million permanent will help address the pent up demand that exists in every corner of the country”. The Canadian Arts Coalition has been calling on the federal government to make the $30 million increase to the Canada Council budget permanent and, over time, to invest in stable, long term funding that increases the Canada Council’s budget by an additional $100 million annually. The Canadian Arts Coalition is the largest group of artists, arts executives and business leaders ever assembled from across the country who 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. Arts and cultural organizations include operas, orchestras, visual arts, theatres, magazines, museums, writers and dance companies, among others. -30- For more information: Micheline McKay m_mckay@opera.ca Tel. 416 591 7222

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