Provincial Funding Cuts to Arts and Culture

Year
2010
Category
Finance
NCLGA Ref#
B10
UBCM Ref#
C31/B48

Status

Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships

Details

WHEREAS the Provincial Government has reduced funding for arts and cultural organizations throughout the province;

AND WHEREAS these arts and cultural organizations are an integral part of the economic and social fabric of local communities:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM encourages the Provincial Government to restore funding to arts and culture organizations, from all provincial sources, to 2008 levels.

Additional Information

UBCM RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE:

The Resolutions Committee notes that the UBCM membership endorsed resolution 2000-B108, which called on the provincial government to:

•             increase “investment in arts and cultural activity and infrastructure to, at minimum, the level [...] of the other provinces”;

•             work with local governments to ensure that provincial funding would “support and complement local government arts and cultural initiatives”; and

•             establish a provincial-local government task force to develop a strategic approach to improving federal investment in BC’s arts and cultural sector.

In its response to the resolution, the Province expressed willingness to improve provincial investment in arts and culture, and to work with local government to “ensure that local government priorities are considered in the development of provincial policy.” With regard to federal arts funding, the Province indicated that it “would welcome the assistance of the UBCM in convincing the federal government to increase spending in British Columbia.”