This time last year, Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly spoke of “hacking the system”, a cultural policy system that she said was broken. Promising an ambitious agenda to update Canada’s cultural policy framework, the Minister reached out to stakeholders for broad input and ideas, all in a bid to open up the processes and ideas. She may have more input than she anticipated.
With ambitious, conflicting ideas coming at her from all directions, the Minister will be challenged
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) provides important funding to many parts of the cultural sector, including organizations not eligible for funding from agencies like the OAC or OMDC. In the last issue, Culture Minister McMahon addressed the important role of the OTF. She said, “Trillium to me is not just about the money, though that’s incredibly important. It’s about the capacity they build and the incredible role that they play in funding people to do the work.”
A look at the Annual Reports of the OTF, and the proportion of total grants going to arts and culture, shows that the sector has, over a number of years, seen a reduction