The Canadian Arts Coalition Welcomes Increase in Arts Funding

(October 30, 2006 – Toronto) The Canadian Arts Coalition applauds the federal government’s commitment to the arts as expressed in the increased funding to Canada Council for the Arts. As announced in May’s federal budget, the Council will receive an extra $50 million over the 2006-07 and 2007-08 fiscal years.

Today, the Council announced its plans to increase funding for arts organizations, individual artists and public access to the arts.

“The Canadian Arts Coalition welcomes the federal government’s allotment of $50 million in new money to the Canada Council over the next two years,” said Micheline McKay, the Coalition’s Cochair and Executive Director of “This is an excellent first step towards attaining stable, longterm and sustainable funding for the arts. The Coalition’s goal is to see an annual increase of $100 million in federal funding for the arts through the Canada Council.”

The Canadian Arts Coalition is the largest consortium of arts supporters: business leaders and arts philanthropists, sponsors and volunteers, artists and arts organizations, ever assembled in Canada. We believe that the future of our citizens, their towns and cities, and indeed, the nation itself depends on a rich, vibrant and diverse arts community.

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