An additional $147 million in assistance to the cultural sector to get out of the crisis
The 2021-2022 Quebec budget provides an additional $147 million over two years to enhance and extend the Economic Recovery Plan for the cultural sector. The Minister of Culture and Communications will announce the details of this overall assistance in the coming weeks.
Quebec's Minister of Finance, Éric Girard, announced an additional $147 million over two years to enhance and extend the Economic Recovery Plan for the cultural sector when he tabled his 2021-2022 budget. The Minister will leave it to his colleague, Minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy, to announce the details of this overall assistance in the coming weeks. We hope that the circus community will be able to benefit from it.
The circus arts sector continues to be hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Already last year at this time, all companies, here in Quebec or on tour around the world, were forced to suspend their activities. Since then, artists, companies, schools, presenters and professionals have been on pause. The effect has been devastating for the entire milieu, especially for artists, as a majority of them have questioned their careers. We all know that, without help from the various governments, the circus community will have difficulty recovering and resuming its role as an international leader in which we all take pride.
Let us recall that Minister Roy announced $10 million in assistance to the circus arts sector last June. This assistance, hailed by the entire sector, had the effect of a lifeline and allowed the sector to survive, at least in the short term. It is to be hoped that the upcoming announcements will allow the sector to get back on its feet quickly and take full advantage of the upcoming post-pandemic economic recovery.