Museums in Canada's Federal Budget 2021

Apr 19, 2021
Monday, April 19 Update
Canada Federal Budget 2021
"A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience"
Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, released Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience, the Government of Canada’s plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and ensure a robust economic recovery that brings all Canadians along.

Read the News Release HERE. 

Items of interest for museums include:

Museum funding: 
  • Community Festivals and Events: $200 million through Canadian Heritage to support local festivals, community cultural events, outdoor theatre performances, heritage celebrations, local museums, amateur sport events, and more. [page 201]
  • $23 million over three years for Canadian Heritage’s Museums Assistance Program to support the digitization of information and collections by non-national museums and heritage institutions, which will allow these institutions to create original content such as educational materials, apps or other virtual activities to enhance the visitor experience. [pages 223 & 537]
  • $47 million in 2021-2022 for Canada’s six national museums and the National Battlefields Commission to address financial pressures caused by COVID-19 and program integrity issues. Funding is also proposed for the RCMP Heritage Centre as it begins the process of transitioning to a new national museum, and to support the completion of the National Museum of Science and Technology’s Ingenium Centre. Finally, funding is proposed for the Canadian Museum of History to support the purchase of the collection of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. [pages 223 & 537] 
Business supports:
  • Extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy until September 25, 2021 [page 83]
  • Extending the Canada Emergency Business Account--the government recently extended the application deadline for CEBA to June 30, 2021 [page 85]
  • $80 million in 2021-22 to support an extended application deadline for the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund and Indigenous Business Initiative until June 30, 2021. [page 85] 
Revitalizing Tourism [page 200]:
  • $200 million through the regional development agencies to support major festivals
  • $200 million through Canadian Heritage to support local festivals, community cultural events, outdoor theatre performances, heritage celebrations, local museums, amateur sport events, and more. 
  • $100 million to Destination Canada for marketing campaigns to help Canadians and other visitors discover and explore the country
  • $500 million Tourism Relief Fund, administered by the regional development agencies. The Fund will support investments by local tourism businesses in adapting their products and services to public health measures and other investments that will help them recover from the pandemic and position themselves for future growth.
Supporting Canada’s Arts, Culture, Heritage, and Sport Organizations and Workers [page 202]:
  • $300 million over two years, starting in 2021-22, to Canadian Heritage to establish a Recovery Fund for Heritage, Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sectors 
  • $49.6 million over three years, starting in 2021-22, to Canadian Heritage for the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, and the Celebration and Commemoration Program.
  • $70 million over three years, starting in 2021-22, to Canadian Heritage for the Canada Music Fund.
  • $15 million in 2021-22 to Canadian Heritage for the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
  • $17.2 million in 2021-22 to the National Arts Centre to address financial pressures caused by COVID-19 and to ensure the NAC will continue to support artists and celebrate Canadian culture. 
  • $6 million over two years, starting in 2021-22, to the National Arts Centre to support collaborations with equity deserving groups to help relaunch the performing arts sector. 
  • The Government of Canada is announcing its intention to introduce legislation that will establish a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour [pg. 116]
Indigenous Communities and Reconciliation:
  • $18 billion over the next five years, to improve the quality of life and create new opportunities for people living in Indigenous communities. Working with Indigenous partners, these investments will make significant strides in closing gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, support healthy, safe, and prosperous Indigenous communities, and advance meaningful reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation. [pg. 245]

Read the News Release HERE. 

Read "Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience" HERE. 

The OMA will follow up with more details as they become available.

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