It is not too late to have your say on Toronto’s 2018 Budget.

The Budget Committee is in its final days of deliberation and will hear directly from the public on January 8, 9 and 10. All Toronto residents are welcome to comment on the proposed Budget at these hearings.

In the next two weeks Budget Committee will decide whether to accept the current city staff budget which identifies but does not recommend an increase to arts grants. Alternatively it can reaffirm the City’s longstanding $25 per capita arts funding target, and include the final $2 million for the arts in 2018.

At less than 0.02% of the City’s $10.9 billion operating budget, the $2 million increase is easily justified. Investing in the arts is good for the economy with every $1 in city arts grants leveraging over $20 in ticket sales, donations and support from other levels of government.  See our website for Key Messages.

Letting your Councillor know what you think can be very effective. We continue to be confident that Toronto’s Mayor and City Councillors understand the benefits arts funding bring to the city. Contributing to the livability of the city for residents in every neighbourhood while making Toronto an important international business and tourist destination gives arts funding a unique importance in budget deliberations.

Register to speak at the Budget hearings being held January 8, 9 or 10 at City Hall and Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York, East York and York Civic Centres. Let City Council know what the additional $2 million in funding could mean for you. Click here for information on making a deputation to Budget Committee.

Call or email your City Councillor thanking them for Council’s arts funding commitment and requesting that it be upheld for 2018. For a sample email click here and scroll to Email your City Councillor. To find your Councillor’s contact information click here.

Susan Wright
Deputy Director
Toronto Arts Council

About Toronto Arts Council 

Toronto Arts Council (TAC) is the City of Toronto’s funding body for artists and arts organizations. Since 1974, TAC has played a major role in the city’s cultural industries by supporting a very broad range of artistic activity. From the emerging artist to the most established, from celebrated institutions to arts that challenge convention, TAC is typically the first funder to offer support. Today, TAC grants lead to exhibitions, performances, readings and workshops seen annually by over 9.5 million people. Through its ongoing funding of over $18 million annually, TAC cultivates a rich engagement between artists and audiences. It is proud to reflect Toronto’s vibrancy through the diversity of the artists, arts communities and audiences that it serves. For more about Toronto Arts Council, visit www.torontoartscouncil.org