Federal Cabinet Shuffle
We recently informed Magazines Canada members that Canada Post president and CEO Deepak Chopra announced that he would be stepping down from his position in March 2018, and that the Honourable Judy Foote (Bonavista—Burin—Trinity), the Minister responsible for Canada Post Corporation, would be stepping down from Parliament and resigning as Minister of Public Services and Procurement for family and health reasons.
On August 28, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a cabinet shuffle that will see the Honourable Carla Qualtrough (Delta), formerly Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, take on the Public Services and Procurement portfolio formerly held by Foote. Prime Minister Trudeau also named Seamus O’Regan (St. John’s South—Mount Pearl) to the cabinet post of Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. Minister O’Regan was most recently a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
Cultural Policy Review
Parliament will begin its fall sitting on September 18. Shortly after Parliament resumes, we expect Minister Mélanie Joly to announce her much-anticipated “roadmap” for federal investment in culture and the arts. Minister Joly initiated a review of federal policies and programs in support of Canadian arts and culture in April 2016.
Budget Increase for Ontario Arts Council
On August 29, the Ontario government announced $50 million in additional funding for the Ontario Arts Council. The increased funds will be rolled out over the next four years, bringing the total amount of provincial funding to the OAC to $80 million annually by 2020–21.
Canada Council Launches New Digital Strategy Fund
The Canada Council for the Arts has published program details concerning its new Digital Strategy Fund and the Canada Council’s portal is now accepting applications for the new fund. The fund has a total budget of $88.5 million, which will be allocated over four years. According to the Canada Council’s website, the objective of the Digital Strategy Fund is to support “Canadian artists and arts organizations to make the transition to a digital society.”
The Digital Strategy Fund as three components. The Canada Council is holding Facebook Live information sessions the week of September 11 as follows:
- Digital Literacy and Intelligence Component: September 12, 1:30 pm (French); 2:30 pm (English)
- Public Access to the Arts and Citizen Engagement Component: September 13, 1:30 pm (French); 2:30 pm (English)
- Transformation of Organizational Models Component: September 15, 1:30 pm (French); 2:30 pm (English)
The deadline to apply for the first round of funding is October 25, 2017.