$26.3M for the Canada Media Fund to support the creation of Canadian content
$17.9M for the Funding for community spaces – infrastructure and teacher recruitment in Francophone minority schools
$15M to support students and youth impacted by COVID-19 pursuant to the Public Health Events of National Concern Payments Act
$10.5M to establish a COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations pursuant to the Public Health Events of National Concern Payments Act
$9.8M to support minority-language education
$1.3M for the Canada Book Fund
$1.2M for a post-census survey on official languages minority communities
$1.2M for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
$729,400 for the Manitoba Métis Heritage Centre
Transfers to PCH from other Departments and Organizations
$310,000 from Crown-Indigenous Relations an Northern Affairs to promote community participation in National Aboriginal Day activities
$29,000 from Veterans Affairs for the construction of a national monument to commemorate the Canadian mission to Afghanistan
Canada Media Fund (CMF)
Message: The Canada Media Fund (CMF) is the largest fund for television and digital content production in Canada. In 2020-21, the CMF plans to invest $351.6 million. The Government of Canada allocates $134.1 million annually to the CMF on an ongoing basis. It will supplement this by an additional $26.3 million this year as part of stabilizing the CMF’s funding.
Facts: This additional investment of $26.3 million is part of the Government’s Budget 2018 commitment to invest up to $172 million over five years to stabilize the CMF, and to ensure that our creative industries succeed in the digital age. This funding is a foundational piece of the Government’s efforts to support an industry facing significant disruption from a variety of sources.
Canada Book Fund
Message: The Canada Book Fund provides approximately $36.3M directly to some 300 Canadian book publishers and industry organizations each year.
Facts: Funds received in fiscal year 2019-20 to 2020-21 via Budget 2019 Measure: Inclusion of Canadians with Visual Impairments and Other Print Disabilities are used to enhance the production and distribution of accessible digital books by Canadian independent book publishers.
National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
Message: Budget 2019 provided $7M for activities recognizing and commemorating the history and legacy of residential schools. Overall, funding was allocated to 200 organizations for local community projects and to seven large scale national projects.
Facts: For 2020-21, support was given to 200 successful applicants for community activities and projects that are best suited to specific histories, needs and realities. The program also funded a large scale national event organized by the NCTR on September 30, 2020.
Manitoba Métis Heritage Centre
Message: Our Government is working with the Manitoba Métis Federation to ensure that Canadians will have the opportunity to learn about the heritage and culture of the Métis Nation and the significant role of Métis people in Canada’s history. Building nation-to-nation relationships and advancing reconciliation are key priorities for our Government. That is why we are proud to support this initiative, so that we may all learn and remember the stories of the Métis people in Canada.
Facts: Funds received in fiscal year 2019-2020 to 2020-2021 under the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund Program are to be used for the development of a Métis National Heritage Centre. The creation of the Métis National Heritage Centre in Winnipeg, the homeland of the Métis Nation, is a key initiative in the commitment to nation-to-nation relationships and reconciliation that are key priorities for the present government.
COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations
Message: The Fund is administered by Canadian Heritage and divided among select departmental programs and Portfolio agencies as well as key delivery organizations.
Facts: The $500 million emergency fund is an additional temporary relief measure. This fund was created to meet the financial needs of cultural, heritage and sport organizations facing significant losses due to COVID-19. The goal of the funding is to support business continuity for organizations whose viability has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The Fund provides financial support consistent with other assistance measures in place such as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. It is administered by Canadian Heritage with the support of its partners.
Support for students and youth impacted by COVID-19
Message: On June 25, 2020, the Government of Canada announced an urgent investment to support students and youth impacted by COVID-19 pursuant to the Public Health Events of National Concern payment Act.
Facts: In the context of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, $15 million was allocated to Canadian Heritage to create up to 1,245 additional job placements and paid internships in various sectors and communities, including Official Language Minority Communities.
Community spaces - infrastructure and teacher recruitment in Francophone minority schools
Message: Funds have been received in fiscal year 2019-20 to 2020-21 for the initiative entitled Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future will help strengthen official-language minority communities, improve access to services in both official languages, and promote a bilingual Canada.
Facts: The Supplementary Estimates (B) 2020-21 notably includes a budget item of $17.9 million for educational and community infrastructure and in support of Francophone teacher recruitment and retention for minority schools and second language programs.
Message: The Government of Canada is proud to collaborate with the provinces and territories to support minority-language education and second-language instruction, while respecting areas of jurisdiction. A new Protocol for Agreements in education has been reached with the provinces and territories, and we are working toward multi-year bilateral agreements that include new targets set by the provinces and territories.
Facts: Funds received in fiscal year 2019-20 to 2020-21 for the Enhancing Support for Minority-Language Education in Canada initiative are used to further support the provinces and territories provide education in official language minority communities and to persuade them to conclude the next Protocol with strengthened conditions.
Post-census survey on official languages minority communities
Message: Good data and research are essential for evidence-based decision-making. The Government of Canada is committed to carrying out a post-censal survey of official language minority communities. The results of this survey will contribute to a data ecosystem that will enable the enumeration of rights-holders.
Facts: Funding of $5.1 million over three years is allocated to fund a post-census survey of official-language minority communities (OLMCs), administered by Statistics Canada. This new funding will make it possible to gather evidence to explore specific issues that the census can cover only partially, if at all. This survey will contribute, among other things, to the data ecosystem for the enumeration of those entitled to minority-language education in Canada, to the evaluation of the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023 and, ultimately, to supporting the development and vitality of OLMCs in Canada.
Transfers to PCH from other Departments and Organizations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
Message: Every year, PCH, with support from Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, funds events from coast-to-coast-to-coast for all Canadians to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. In 2019, more than 200 community events were held on National Indigenous Peoples Day in every province and territory across the country.
Facts: National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, recognizes and celebrates the unique heritage, diverse cultures and extraordinary contributions of First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples. Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada transfers an amount of $310,000 in funding each year to Canadian Heritage’s “Celebrate Canada” program to support community and large-scale events.
Message: The monument project was put forth to recognize the commitment and sacrifice of Canadian men and women who served in Afghanistan, as well as the support provided to them by Canadians at home. On August 24, 2020, the five finalist design teams selected by the competition’s jury were announced. The teams will begin preparing their design concepts in October. The winning concept will be selected by the same jury in July 2021.
Facts: The funds for PCH will be more specifically used to pay jury and moderator honoraria and expenses related to a site visit by finalist teams.
Transfers from PCH to other Departments and organizations
$86,788 to the Department of Public Works and Government Services following the transfer of responsibility for the National Capital Commission
$127,000 to the Canada Council for the Arts for French-language theatre projects
$190,000 to National Arts Centre Corporation for the 2021 edition of the biennial event “Zones théâtrales”
$613,996 to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for research to inform policy development related to sport participation
$1.9M to the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs to support Indigenous languages in Yukon
Public Works and Government Services
Message: Our Government has designated the Minister of Public Services and Procurement as the lead Minister for the National Capital Commission. This will allow the Minister of Public Services and Procurement to leverage her department’s strengths in real property management and heritage rehabilitation, areas which are among the Commission’s core functions.
Facts: This amount is the equivalent of one full-time resource following the November 20, 2019 transfer of responsibility for the National Capital Commission (NCC) from Canadian Heritage to Public Works and Government Services Canada (now referred to as Public Services and Procurement Canada)
Canada Council for the Arts
Message: The Commission internationale du théâtre francophone supports collaborations for the creation, production and circulation of French-language theatre within the countries of the Francophonie.
Facts: Canadian Heritage annually transfers $127,000 to the Canada Council for the Arts to administer the Government of Canada’s support to the Commission internationale du théâtre francophone. This transfer of funds ensures Canada’s participation as a founding member of the Commission internationale du théâtre francophone and supports multilateral French-language theatre projects.
National Arts Centre Corporation
Message: This fund transfer contributes to the circulation of these works and improving Canadians’ access to a variety of artistic experiences in their communities. Funds from the Department are transferred to the National Arts Centre, which is responsible for producing the event every two years, in September.
Facts: The Department of Canadian Heritage has committed to providing funding in the amount of $190,000 for each of the 2021, 2023 and 2025 editions of Zones théâtrales, in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Arts Centre. Zones théâtrales is a biennial event that showcases professional theatre works from francophone communities across Canada and from regions of Quebec.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Message: Each year, Sport Canada allocates up to $750,000 for various research projects through the Sport Participation Research Initiative, a joint initiative with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The initiative strengthens Canada’s research capacity related to sport participation in areas such as participant development, system performance, values and ethics, major games and events, and social and economic development.
Facts: In 2020–21, Sport Canada transferred $603,996 to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for this research initiative through Supplementary Estimates (B).
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
Message: Every year, Canadian Heritage, with support from Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, funds events from coast-to-coast-to-coast for all Canadians to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.
Facts: In 2019, more than 200 community events were held on National Indigenous Peoples Day in every province and territory across the country.