Jill Andrew MPP, Toronto–St. Paul's

Government of Ontario

Restore Arts Funding and the Indigenous Culture Fund

Petition to Restore Arts Funding and the Indigenous Culture Fund at the Ontario Arts Council

TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:

Whereas the Ontario government has cut its level of base funding to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) by $5 million for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, from $69.9 million to $64.9 million;

Whereas the Ontario government has also cut its funding to the Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF) at the OAC by $2.25 million from $5 million to $2.75 million; 

Whereas the ICF will not accept new grant applications this year while the program is under review, entailing the layoff of Indigenous staff in permanent positions;

Whereas the arts are essential to the quality of life, cultural identity, social and community well-being, creativity, innovation, and economic prosperity of Ontario; 

Whereas the ICF was part of the Ontario government's response to the Call to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada;

Whereas the ICF supported traditional culture, languages, teachings, protocols, knowledge, youth and Elder-led and engaged community cultural projects; 

Therefore, we the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to: 
a) restore OAC's funding to $69.9 million this year and maintain this level moving forward,
b) restore the ICF's funding to $5 million this year, retain all ICF staff positions, and commit to funding the ICF at this level in the years moving forward. 

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