Continued Support for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sector Organizations

Date: 28th June 2021

Minister of Canadian Heritage, Steven Guilbeault, announced support of Canadian magazine publishers through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s $300 million Recovery Fund for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sectors.


$10M top up for eligible ATP recipients in 2021-22
$21.5M Special Measures for Journalism extension in 2021-22  to assist free, digital and small-circulation magazines and weekly newspapers

Further details for both new funding applicants and existing ATP funding recipients will be coming from the Canadian Periodical Fund in the coming weeks.

The national and provincial magazine associations are working on a Canada-wide town hall with the Canada Periodical Fund staff and will provide you with an update as soon as we have finalized the a date and time.

Press Release by the Department of Heritage

Since March 2020, Canadians’ access to arts, culture, heritage and sporting events has been severely limited due to closures, cancellations and postponements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events and experiences are at the heart of Canadian life, our economy, and individual and collective well-being. As more and more Canadians receive their vaccinations, as case rates decline, and as provinces and territories implement their reopening plans, Canadians are seeking opportunities to safely return to cultural and sporting activities. In order to do so, arts, culture, heritage and sport organizations, and Canadians working in these sectors, need targeted support to continue to weather the impacts of the pandemic and create good jobs for the middle class.

In Budget 2021, the Government of Canada committed $1.9 billion to help support the arts, culture, heritage and sport sectors. This funding will help ensure recovery and growth, and help create good, middle-class jobs in these sectors.

Today, the Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, highlighted key components of this investment:

  • The Recovery Fund for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sectors will leverage existing programs to provide $300 million over two years to organizations that are still struggling due to the pandemic. It will provide organizations and individuals with the financial means to help build organizational resilience and pursue business innovation and transformation. This will also contribute to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in these sectors, as well as greening activities
  • The Reopening Fund will provide $200 million over two years through existing programming to help Canada’s festivals, cultural events, outdoor theatre performances, heritage celebrations, local museums, amateur sport events and more. It will support organizations and projects that deliver in-person experiences or events that draw visitors to our communities.

In addition, the Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, highlighted details of the Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative, which will be delivered by federal Regional Development Agencies.

This initiative will invest $200 million over two years to keep major, recurring Canadian festivals and events alive and help them adapt or enhance their activities in order to be better positioned when it becomes possible once again for national and international tourists to visit. It will complement the Reopening Fund and is part of the Government of Canada’s strategy to support festivals and events across the country, and a sustained social and economic recovery for Canadians.

More information can be found:

Continued Support for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sector Organizations 


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