Ottawa Arts/Festivals Community Ranks last in Municipal Per-Capital Funding

OTTAWA – Ottawa ranked last in municipal per-capita, last in provincial arts agency per-capita, second last in Canada Council for the Arts per-capita and second in Department of Canadian Heritage per-capita funding.

City Council motions in 2002 and 2003 directed staff to develop a plan that would bring arts and festival funding in Ottawa to a competitive level with ‘s 6 other largest single cities.

An Arts Investment Strategy community working team was established in April 2005 and included representatives from Ottawa’s arts and festival umbrella organizations (which included Ottawa Festivals), the City of Ottawa’s Arts, Heritage and Culture Advisory Committee and discipline-specific leaders.

The developed strategies include:

  1. an increased municipal funding plan of $2.5M over four years;
  2. expanded advocacy aimed at increasing provincial and federal funding;
  3. increased private sector and National Capital cultural partnerships; and
  4. study of a proposed Arts Stabilization Project and an Arts Investment Service for Ottawa.

Ottawa Festivals (formally Ottawa Festival Network), a not for profit member-based organization, established in 1996, leads Ottawa’s multi-million dollar event industry in the Nation’s Capital Region. It works to make local festivals, special events, and fairs world-class and promotes Ottawa as an exciting tourist destination while making a significant impact on the local economy and greatly enhancing the region’s image.