In the current issue of The Arts Advocate, we noted that the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance received pre-budget submissions from 23 national cultural organizations this past August. The Committee’s report on the recommendations contained in these briefs will be released later this fall, ahead of the federal budget typically tabled next winter. In the meantime though, the pre-budget recommendations of the organizations listed below highlight their advocacy priorities.
Rarely has a speech on cultural policy been covered as extensively as Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s release of the Government of Canada’s Creative Canada policy framework, last Thursday. The mainstream focus on the Netflix commitment to Canadian audio-visual production has captured broad media attention – as intended – eclipsing other elements of Creative Canada. These other aspects have the potential to impact the broader cultural sector in the coming years.