The Government of Canada Maintains Its Efforts to Support Cultural and Heritage Organizations
“We appreciate the incredible challenges faced by all cultural and heritage organizations in these difficult and uncertain times. We’ve set ourselves the goal of helping as many organizations as possible. That is why our government has taken these measures to support these vital sectors of our economy and help them weather the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to make sure they can survive this crisis and bounce back when it is behind us.”
—The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage
The Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations builds on a number of recently announced actions by the Government of Canada to support these sectors:
- Funding to help Canadians become more resilient and to think critically about COVID-19 pandemic disinformation.
- Waiving of regulatory charges for broadcasters by the CRTC, providing more than $30 million of immediate financial relief for the broadcasting industry.
- Accelerated processing of applications for annual funding from the Canada Book Fund and Canada Periodical Fund.
- A new Independent Advisory Board on Eligibility for Journalism Tax Measures, and draft legislative proposals that would make adjustments to these tax measures for greater clarity and alignment with their initial objectives.
- Commitment to continue working with the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees and all sport organizations as they support Canadian athletes in their preparation for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- Plans for the Canada Council for the Arts to provide approximately $60 million in advance funding, the equivalent of 35% of annual grants held by over 1,100 core funded organizations.
The Museums Assistance Program supports heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections. The program fosters the preservation of Indigenous culture and facilitates access to heritage collections for all Canadians. It also promotes professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions.
Canada’s national museums are independent Crown corporations that are responsible for their day-to-day operations, including making decisions related to their programming and exhibition content, and managing their human and financial resources.
- COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations – Museums Assistance Program
- COVID-19: Support for culture, heritage and sport sectors
- Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations: Next steps to support the industry impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
- Canada’s national museums
- The National Battlefields Commission
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
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