I have received many impassioned letters, emails and phone calls over the years asking that CBC be adequately funded – and supported. As anchor to our cultural and creative industries CBC/Radio-Canada is a vital national institution that brings Canadians together, promotes our two official languages, and serves every corner of this vast and diverse country. In Budget 2016, our Government committed to invest $1.9 billion in arts and cultural organizations, including restoring and increasing CBC funding to $675 million over five years to help Canada’s public
broadcaster modernize and revitalize in the digital era. The Canada Council’s $182 million annual budget will be doubled over 5 years, providing more funding for artists and cultural projects across the country. Our local film and television industries, national museums, facility improvements for arts groups and festivals, and the promotion of Canadian artists abroad are among the many important arts initiatives receiving added funding and a vote of
confidence. Cultural and creative industries are a hugely important part of our national identity – and our economy. Innovative organizations like Vancouver’s own Bard on the Beach are tourist magnets, helping to sustain Vancouver’s economy with good jobs, and share our unique Canadian creativity and perspective with the world. Supporting arts and culture is an investment that pays dividends!