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CARFAC’s brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, 2021 Pre-Budget Consultations

Positioning the Arts as a Key Economic Driver in COVID-19 Recovery

While COVID-19 has presented immense challenges and has caused significant damage to the arts sector in Canada, this crisis offers a profound  opportunity to consider how we resource and manage our cultural ecosystem, as bold changes to current structures are absolutely essential for survival of arts and culture in Canada.

 We support the recommendations made by the Canadian Arts Coalition.

Additionally, we recommend that the Federal Government:

  1. Implement a Guaranteed Basic Income program for Canadian citizens;


  1. Invest $12 Million annually at the Canada Council for the Arts, to support artists and cultural leaders identifying as Indigenous, Black, racialized, and members of equity-seeking groups;


  1. Invest $1 Million annually at the Canada Council for the Arts to provide rapid-response micro-grants for individual artists;


  1. Amend the Copyright Act to include an Artist’s Resale Right as an economic marketplace solution for individual artists.


This brief was a collaborative effort between CARFAC Ontario and CARFAC National.

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