Ontario government adds $50 million to arts funding

Posted on: September 5, 2017

“Ontario’s arts sector is receiving a big boost from the provincial government,” reports Jennifer Liu in Saturday’s (8/2) MusicalToronto.com. “In a statement issued by the Office of the Premier, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) will be issued $50 million [Canadian] in additional funding over the next four years. This is in addition to the existing governmental amount, bringing the total to $80 million per year by 2020-21. The news was announced concurrently on August 29th by Premier Kathleen Wynne and Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, at Toronto’s Berkeley Street Theatre. The added arts funding will bolster the OAC’s commitment to its priority groups (Artists of Colour, Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities, Francophone Artists, Indigenous Artists, New Generation Artists aged 18 to 30, and Artists Living In Regions Outside Toronto), as well as top up allowances for all high-performing arts organizations in the province. Individual Ontarian artists and smaller arts organizations will also see increased financial support. In 2016–17, the OAC funded 1,657 individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario. The Council also administers privately funded prizes, awards and scholarships on behalf of the government.”

Posted September 5, 2017