(TORONTO, ON) – Ontario is increasing funding to the Ontario Arts Council to support the the province’s thriving arts sector. Premier Kathleen Wynne and Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, were at the Berkeley Street Theatre in Toronto on Tuesday to announce that Ontario is committing $50 million in additional funding to the OAC.
The provincial government agency provides grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations in communities across the province. Funds will be distributed over the next four years, increasing provincial funding to the OAC to $80 million annually by 2020-21.
“A thriving arts sector is so important to our quality of life and to the social well-being of our communities,” said McMahon. “This year, as we celebrate Ontario’s 150th anniversary, let’s take the time to appreciate the many ways art brings us together, helps us understand one another’s cultures and express what it means to be Canadian.”
With this funding, Ontario will help increase supports for arts programs province-wide and across a wide range of disciplines and activities, including arts education, community arts, dance, literature, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, as well as Indigenous and Francophone arts.
Funding will support OAC’s priority groups, including Hot Docs International Documentary Festival in Toronto, which is North America’s largest documentary festival and conference.
This new investment will also support specific projects for artists and arts organizations.