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A Short Brief

August 4, 2014 – CAPACOA once again collaborated with the Canadian Arts Coalition and Imagine Canada to make recommendations for the development of the 2015 federal budget.

House of Commons committee roomCAPACOA was closely involved in the consultations that informed the preparation of the Canadian Arts Coalition’s pre-budget brief. After holding a total of six consultation meetings (three in English and three in French) with 42 arts service organizations, the Coalition membership decided to put forward these three recommendations:

  • Increase the Canada Council for the Arts’ Parliamentary appropriation by $35 million in 2015 with a long-term goal of reaching $300 million.
  • Increase Canada’s presence on the world stage for 2017 by establishing a $25 million pilot program over three years at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development for Canada’s 150th birthday.
  • Investigate new revenue models to support a comprehensive Canadian Cultural Digital Strategy that would enable the creation, dissemination and engagement of Canadian cultural content online.

After the renewal of the Canada Arts Presentation Fund and other Canadian Heritage programs in the last federal budget, it was deemed unlikely that the government would grant any increase to these programs in 2015. That’s why we decided to focus on recommendations which were more likely to succeed and which could support touring activities.

CAPACOA’s pre-budget brief supports the Canadian Arts Coalition’s three recommendations and also supports Imagine Canada’s recommendation to implement a Stretch Tax Credit for Charitable Giving to promote a culture of long-term and incremental giving.

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