A look ahead to 2016

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Jan 11 2016 --- Uncategorized

Our last post looked at the big events in arts and culture politics and policy in 2015.  It included some big wins for the sector.

Here’s our look ahead to 2016, the last year in the road to 2017.

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Will the new  federal Liberal government keep its promises?

  • Double the investment in the Canada Council for the Arts, from $180 million to $360 million
  • Invest $150 million in new annual funding for the CBC
  • Increase funding to the National Film Board and Telefilm by $25 million per year
  • Increase funding for the Young Canada Works program to help the heritage sector prepare the next generation of museum staff
  • Restore the Promart and Trade Routes international cultural promotion programs and increase funding to $25 million per year
  • Pledge to include culture in the social infrastructure program ($6 billion/ 4 years)

Many of these pledges could be reflected as early the upcoming budget, which federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is consulting on now.  The challenge is that the government is facing a more difficult fiscal situation than anticipated.

Ontario Culture Strategy

The Ontario Culture Strategy consultation process got underway in 2015, with meetings held all around the province. The results of the consultations and a draft strategy are expected in the spring with a final strategy promised for mid-year.

With almost 900 submissions to the consultation, that’s an ambitious promise.

Ontario midterm cabinet shuffle

Observers are speculating on the possibility of a midterm cabinet shuffle in the Ontario government.  With Culture Minister Michael Coteau having delivered on the Pan Am/Parapan Am games, is he a candidate for a bigger portfolio?

Road to 2017

Preparations for Canada’s 150th anniversary were largely put on hold in 2015 during the election.  Soon, we expect more information on how the Government of Canada will help celebrate the upcoming festivities, measures like Parks Canada’s announcement to waive fees for all national parks in 2017.

Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has said this file is a priority for her.  With the clock ticking look for an announcement soon, we hope!

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