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Government of Canada Commits $1.9 Billion to Help Support The Arts, Culture, Heritage, and Sports

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Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault emphasized the Federal government’s commitment to having resources in place to is assist all Canadians as the country begins to open up.

By Dami Igbinyemi

Why do babies play with their food or draw on the walls? It is because humans are naturally artistic. Without being taught, we are able react and think creatively because it is in our DNA. We can look at problems and think of solutions that are outside the box. Art allows for self expression and self awareness whether that takes a form of poetry, painting, music, or fashion.

Today, the Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage shed some light on how this investment is going to work. The Recovery Fund for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sector will provide existing programs still struggling $300 million over the course of two years. The Reopening Fund will provide existing programs that deals with in-person experience; festivals, cultural events, local museums and more $200 million over the curse of two years.

“Our artists and other cultural and heritage workers as well as the amateur sport community have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and they will be among the last to fully recover from its prolonged economic impact. We continue to support them and show our commitment to the re-establishment of those sectors, which contribute so much to Canada’s vibrant cultural and economic life.” —The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Culture and heritage links people together. It gives you a sense of connection to your ancestors and the next generation who will come after you. It serves as the founding principles of our lives. It can help shape our thinking, behavior, personality, and beliefs.

Sports can be taken for granted because we might not like the idea of exercise, but sports are good for all different kind of reasons. Sports could boost morale’s, bring people together in celebration and friendly competition and it allows our inner child to roam free.

This pandemic has severely limited Canadian’s access to arts, culture, heritage, and sports, but as vaccines roll out and cases decrease Canadians are looking forward to safely returning to sporting and cultural activities. To do so there is needed support to get through the impact of the pandemic and the production of good middle class jobs.

In Budget 2021, the Government of Canada committed $1.9 billion to help support the arts, culture, heritage, and sports sectors.

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