This week the Liberal Government presented its first budget since being elected by Canadians. Among all the spending are a few treats for the arts community. Caoimhe Morgan-Feir and Leah Sandals of Canadian Art magazine wrote an overview of what the budget means for artists and arts organizations. Here’s a brief excerpt.
The federal budget released today offers $40 million in new funding to the Canada Council (on top of its previous $180 million allotment) in the upcoming year.
“Culture is synonymous with creation. It also creates a collective wealth that goes beyond economic benefits and statistics,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in his budget speech.
This brings total annual Canada Council funding for the coming year to $220 million—a 20% surge, but $140 million short of the original fall promise of $360 million.
“Visual artists in Canada contribute greatly to the economy and our cultural identity, yet more than half subsist on less than $18,000/year,” read a statement from CARFAC. “Providing for more federal grants through the Canada Council for the Arts will have a significant and positive effect on artists’ incomes and the sustainability of their lives.”
Click here to read the full article from Canadian Art magazine