Cautious optimism over latest budget

The 2014 federal budget was announced February 11 and national arts groups are pleased with decisions to maintain national funding for arts and culture. The budget will continue the Canada Arts Presentation Fund the Canada Cultural Investment Fund Cultural Spaces Canada the Canada Book Fund and the Canada Music Fund.

“We were unsure what was going to come out of the budget so… we’re very pleased to see that this has happened and Minister (Shelly) Glover should be commended for her work” says Kate Cornell who is both Canadian Arts Coalition spokesperson and executive director of the Canadian Dance Assembly.

“We are also very pleased to see the government made permanent the $25 million to the Canada Council for the Arts… because the Canada Council is [an] incredibly well-respected very efficient arm’s-length agency that the coalition and the arts community in general really supports” she says. The Canada Council for the Arts previously had to apply for its funding to be renewed every year.

“It’s a promising step towards our goal [but] we certainly don’t consider this the end of the conversation when it comes to the department of Canadian Heritage” Cornell added.