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Federal Budget Analysis 2022

On April 7th, 2022, the federal government unveiled their Budget, entitled A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable.  

Through Mass Culture’s Annual Federal Budget Analysis of the Arts we will be unpacking the following areas: 

  • The funds to support the recovery and re-opening of the arts including an additional investment of $50 million in 2022/23 to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and Telefilm Canada to help compensate for revenues losses due to public health restrictions. In 2021, the federal government committed $250 million in recovery funding to this fiscal year. There will be an upcoming announcement from the Minister of Canadian Heritage about how this $300 million in total will be split between the three funders.
  • The surprise increased budget at the National Arts Centre
  • The long-term request to increase the funding envelope to the Canada Arts Training Fund (CATF) with a notable focus on Indigenous and racialized training programs
  • The impending amendments to the Copyright Act
  • The amendments to the Income Tax Act concerning charities

A priority across the board in this budget is affordability. As many other industries demand growth incentives, the arts sector is still focused on recovery. What does this mean for artists? 

There are emerging opportunities ahead for the arts sector to foster stronger connections to various priorities, including environment and climate change, gender equality, contributing to the 2SLGBTQIA+ federal plan, Indigenous sovereignty, diversity and inclusion, infrastructure, tourism as well as workforce development, equity, and training.   

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