The federal Liberals are pledging to double the annual budget of the Canada Council for the Arts. The party released its 98-page election platform online yesterday (April 3), and devoted one page to arts and culture.
The platform states: “A Liberal government will significantly increase support for Canadian artists and creators by doubling the annual budget of the Canada Council for the Arts, from $180 million to $360 million over the next four years.”
In addition, the party says it will restore the PromArt and Trade Routes program that were eliminated in 2008 by Conservatives, and increase their funding to $25 million. The Liberals also pledged to “create a domestic tours program as well.”
The party is also promising to "provide the CBC and Radio-Canada with stable and predictable funding in support of their unique and crucial roles."