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Arts Sector disappointed by Federal budget 2015: CAC

cacArts sector disappointed by Budget 2015

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 – The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) – a united national movement of artists, cultural workers, business leaders, and volunteers – was disappointed to learn that the Canada Council for the Arts was not considered one of the government’s priorities in Budget 2015. After participating in the pre-budget consultations, the CAC was hopeful that its recommendation to increase the operating budget of the Canada Council would be adopted. Unfortunately, the Canada Council’s funding was unchanged in the 2015 Budget.

“This lack of investment in the Canada Council for the Arts reflects a short-sightedness on the part of the government.” commented CAC spokesperson, Kate Cornell of the Canadian Dance Assembly.

The Canada Council is a well respected, efficiently run, national arm’s-length agency that fosters and promotes the creation and enjoyment of the arts for all Canadians. The Council plays an important role in supporting artists, creation and dissemination. The Canada Council’s programs support a tremendous range of jobs within the cultural sector: artists, book publishers, general managers, stage managers, set and lighting designers, sound engineers, filmmakers, bookkeepers, and numerous other creative and administrative workers benefit from the trickle down effects of the Government’s investments through the Canada Council. Since 1990, the number of arts organizations supported by the Canada Council has increased by 65% – a response to the growing and diversifying engagement in creative and cultural experiences by Canadians across the country.

Budget 2015 did allot $210 million over four years to celebrations for Canada’s 150. The arts sector is encouraged by this investment, but awaits the details to see if professional artists and arts organizations will be eligible to apply for this new funding. 

The arts and cultural sector represents 4% of Canada’s labour force, which makes it an engine of Canada’s economy. Given that many Canadian artists and cultural workers are self-employed small-business owners, it is clear that these jobs are essential to the prosperity of thousands of families across the country. The Canadian Arts Coalition will continue to consult with the federal government to assert the importance of its sector.

Federal Budget Culture And Arts


Canadian CoaitionlFederal Budget, Culture and the Arts: Still Smarting from Budget 2012 Cuts but Better Times on the Horizon?

 Le budget fédéral la culture et les arts : encore les secousses des compressions budgétaires de 2012, mais des jours meilleurs à l’horizon?

The Canadian Conference of the Arts, Canadian Arts Coalition and Saskatchewan Arts Alliance are pleased to release the analysis of the 2014 Federal Budget which examines federal funding for the arts and culture sector over the whole 2014 calendar year. The analysis explores funding to the Department of Canadian Heritage and other federal cultural agencies and crown corporations; organizational and funding trends at the Department of Canadian Heritage; expenditures on key programs across the arts, heritage and cultural industries, and other developments affecting the sector.

For details, visit our website

Write a Letter of Support for the Artist Resale Right

The Canadian Arts Coalition wants you to consider writing or signing a  letter of support for CARFAC’s proposal to bring the Artist’s Resale Right to Canada.
Some interest has been expressed by the government on the issue and CARFAC hopes that a strong show of support from individuals throughout the Arts + Culture sector will give them enough additional leverage for things to move forward.

To sign on to the letter, you can get in touch with CARFAC directly at communications@carfac.ca. Additional information about the Artist’s Resale Right can be found on CARFAC’s websiteA sample letter follows…

Minister Glover,
As members of the arts sector from across Canada and spanning artistic disciplines, we would like to add our support to CARFAC and RAAV’s proposal to bring the Artist’s Resale Right to Canada.
Already law in at least 69 countries, the Artist Resale Right would give artists 5% when their work is resold. The full value of an artwork often isn’t realized on the initial sale – it is common for visual art to appreciate in value over time, as the reputation of the artist grows. For example, Inuit artist, Kenojuak Ashevak, sold her piece Enchanted Owl in 1960 for $24. It was later resold for $58,650. Ashevak got nothing from the resale.
Artists are the heart of the creative economy – there would be no galleries or art festivals without them. As you know, the arts sector is a huge economic driver, contributing almost $50 billion to Canada’s economy and creating 630,000 jobs. The visual arts play an important role in these numbers. For example, in 2013, Toronto’s Nuit Blanche was attended by more than one million people including 190,000 out-of-town visitors. An Ipsos Reid survey found that the economic impact for Toronto generated by the event was $39.5 million.
And yet half of visual artists in Canada earn less than $8000 per year. Even Governor General Award winning artists are forced to work second jobs to support their art practice. The Artist’s Resale Right is a way to support these artists so they can focus on what they do best – creating the artwork that is the driving force behind the creative economy and generates important economic returns for this country. Best of all, it will not cost the government a dime.
Action from the government to bring the Artist’s Resale Right to Canada would be widely embraced by the arts sector.



The Canadian Arts Coalition is the largest consortium of arts, culture, and heritage supporters – business leaders and arts philanthropists, sponsors and volunteers, artists and cultural workers, and arts, culture and heritage organizations, – ever assembled in Canada.

We all believe that the future of our citizens, their towns and cities, and indeed, the nation itself depends on a rich, vibrant and diverse arts and heritage community. The viability of cities greatly depends on their cultural opportunities. Our artists are inventive and generous. But the arts can flourish only when they have adequate, stable, sustained investment.  Visit the Canadian Arts Coalition site and learn how to take action.