Our arts, culture and heritage sectors have been some of the hardest hit throughout the pandemic, especially organizations that depend on in-person attendance. As tourism begins to recover and visitors gradually return to our theatres, museums and galleries, we continue to be there to help organizations that have been most affected by the impacts of COVID-19.
Today, the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez announced details of the Canada Arts and Culture Recovery Program (CACRP), which will provide targeted support for cultural organizations that still face significant financial challenges in the third year of the pandemic.
As announced in Budget 2022, the Government of Canada is investing $50 million to support Canadian arts, culture and heritage organizations that have experienced revenue losses due to public health restrictions and capacity limits and the ongoing hesitancy of audiences to return. This funding will reinforce the two-year, $300-million Recovery Fund for the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sectors and the $200-million Reopening Fund from Budget 2021.
This recovery fund will help organizations ease the financial risks of organizing activities in an unpredictable operating environment. CACRP will help offset declines in a broad range of self-generated income.
This funding will be delivered over the coming weeks and months through the following Canadian Heritage existing programs and portfolio Crown corporations:
- Canada Arts Presentation Fund
- Museums Assistance Program
- Canada Music Fund
- Canada Council for the Arts
- Telefilm Canada
The attached backgrounder provides details for each CACRP funding component.