New research by the Canadian Conference of the Arts reveals that in the current economic climate, only the province of B.C. has made cuts to arts and culture budgets.
The CCA examined what the various provinces are doing to help arts organizations and arts sector workers deal with the economic downturn. It found that all other provinces had at least maintained cultural funding. Some provinces, notably Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, increased funding to the sector.
Ontario’s most recent budget proposed $100 million in additional tax relief, and investments of close to $30 million. Quebec announced a new $1.6 million fund to provide expert support for administration, artistic direction, development planning, and governance, which will be administered by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
And in Newfoundland and Labrador, $250,000 has been promised to replace funding received from the cancelled federal PromArt and Trade Routes programs. In addition, a new $25,000 arts and letters award was created, along with an additional $225,000 in funding for film production.