Last Thursday, July 7, BC’s Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Ida Chong, announced $16.8 million in funding for the arts, to be administered through the BC Arts Council. This amount is the second-highest level received by the BC Arts Council in its history.
In the announcement, Minister Chong apologized for the long delay in announcing the funding and acknowledges the difficult financial position the Province is in due to the economy.
“I wanted to be able to find a way to ensure that the funding this year will maintain and match the funding that we had last year because I know that was a concern,” Minister Chong explained. “In fact that brings us up to the 2008/09 level which in fact is what the standing committee on finance had recommended, and of course something that the Premier was challenging me to look for to see that we could provide that.”
The BC Arts Council notes in its press release about the funding that BC’s creative sector employs more than 78,000 people and contributes $5.2 billion to BC’s provincial economy.