Federal budget restores arts and culture funding, including museums, First Nations programs

Federal budget restores arts and culture funding, including museums, First Nations programs

Canada’s arts and culture institutions are breathing a sigh of relief thanks to the new Liberal government budget. Following years of federal budget reductions under the previous Conservative government, a mass cultural cash infusion is once again going to museums, arts programs, and cultural space maintenance and repairs. Among the biggest benefactors is the Canada Council for the Arts, […]

Canada’s arts and culture institutions are breathing a sigh of relief thanks to the new Liberal government budget.

Following years of federal budget reductions under the previous Conservative government, a mass cultural cash infusion is once again going to museums, arts programs, and cultural space maintenance and repairs.

Among the biggest benefactors is the Canada Council for the Arts, a funding arm that supports artists and arts projects nationwide, which will see its annual budget double within five years. This year it will receive an additional $40 million, followed by incremental annual increases for a total of $550 million in new investment.

Canada’s national museums and the National Art Gallery will receive about $386 million over the next five years, including an immediate allocation of $33 million for building maintenance and operation.

Telefilm Canada will receive a cash influx of $22 million over five years, and the National Film Board will receive an additional $13.5 million during that same time period. The funding for both is far less than what was promised during the Liberal election campaign, which was an additional $25 million boost per year.

First Nations communities will also be receiving $76.9 million over the next two years to construct local arts and recreation centres.