Minister Guilbeault Announces Appointment to the Canada Council for the Arts
“Art and culture play a vital role in our sense of togetherness. They create opportunities to unite with each other, boost our creativity and imagination, and increase overall well-being for both individuals and communities. I am very pleased to be able to rely on the continuous support of Jesse, now as Chairperson— the first Indigenous Chairperson within the Canadian Heritage portfolio. The Canada Council for the Arts will be able to continue to benefit from his extensive knowledge, experience and passion for the arts. I also want to take this opportunity to thank outgoing Chairperson Pierre Lassonde for his remarkable contribution to the Council over the last years.”
—The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage
Budget 2016 announced the doubling of the Canada Council for the Arts’ budget over a period of five years. The Canada Council has committed to ensuring that 25 percent of these new funds will go to first-time recipients by 2021.
In 2016, the Government of Canada adopted a new approach to Governor in Council appointments. This approach respects the principle of diversity and is based on an open, transparent and merit-based selection process. It results in the recommendation of competent candidates who reflect Canadian diversity.
As they become available, all appointment opportunities within the 16 organizations in the Canadian Heritage Portfolio are posted on the Governor in Council appointments website. Those interested can apply online.
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
Director, Communications and Prizes
Canada Council for the Arts
613-566-4414, ext. 5151
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