Friday, April 8, 2022

Federal Government Announces Budget 2022

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Federal Government Announces Budget 2022

On April 7, 2022, the Federal Government announced Budget 2022, which includes $85+ million in new supports for arts and culture. These include:

  • $12.1 million over two years, starting in 2022-23, to the National Arts Centre to support the creation, co-production, promotion, and touring of productions with Canadian commercial and not-for-profit performing arts companies;
  • $50 million in 2022-23 to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and Telefilm Canada, to compensate Canadian arts, culture, and heritage organizations for revenue losses due to public health restrictions and capacity limits; and
  • $22.5 million over five years starting in 2022-23, and $5 million ongoing, to Canadian Heritage for the Canada Arts Training Fund.

The bulk of information of direct relevance to the arts, culture, and non-profit sectors is found in Chapter 8: Safe and Inclusive Communities, along with information of relevance to the charity and non-profit sectors. Chapter 8 also includes information around equity, diversity and inclusion investments, including supports for a 2SLGBTQ+ action plan, the Montreal Holocaust Museum, the Muslims in Canada Archives, and money to support Black Canadians. Reconciliation with Indigenous communities receives its own chapter, chapter 7: Moving Forward on Reconciliation. Additionally, section 5 of chapter 2 lays out new provisions for Indigenous tourism and hospitality.

You can examine the entire budget here.