Letter from the Canada Council on Additional Funding for the Arts

By Director and CEO, Simon Brault

“When can the recovery truly begin and what will it look like? Even if we can’t say for sure, we can prepare.

In its 2020 Fall Economic Statement, the federal government announced $181.5M in additional funds in 2021‒22 for the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts to enhance their support to the arts sector.

With these funds, the Council plans to support projects that create jobs.

I expect the details on the funding announced in the Economic Statement to be revealed in early 2021. As soon as we get the green light, we will announce our initiatives, and we intend to distribute the funding very quickly. It is urgent that we support those who have been without work thus far.

If you have research and creation projects that require hiring collaborators, now is the time to define the broad strokes. If you are part of an artistic group or organization, now is also the time to consider creative projects for new works or adaptations of existing works that will enable you to share your artistic and literary creations with broader audiences via digital technology. In that case as well, we are looking for proposals that require you to hire artists and experts, who need to work to get through the pandemic. Once again, please be ready.”

Source: Canada Council Spotlight