IMPLEMENT PERMANENT FUNDING TO SUPPORT FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Implement permanent funding to support festivals and events for a new cultural and economic resurgence

A brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

Prebudget Consultation

August 2021

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2020 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

Published on May 3, 2021

As we officially turn the page on 2020 through this annual report, we very much hope that we are also on the home stretch towards a gradual return to normality. This would, of course, include the possibility of bringing people together for festivals and events over the next few months. In short, a relatively quick exit from the crisis.

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2021 Federal Budget : FESTIVALS AND MAJOR EVENTS CANADA GRATEFUL TO THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT

2021 Federal Budget

FESTIVALS AND MAJOR EVENTS CANADA GRATEFUL TO THE TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT

OTTAWA, April 19th, 2021 — The greatly anticipated 2021-2022 Federal budget, released today, contained the best news festivals and events have received in a year, if not more.

More precisely, the Government of Canada responded to the recommendation to support festivals and events by unveiling $200 million in spending to support major arts and cultural festivals (through regional development agencies) and another $200 million to smaller local festivals (to be administered by Canadian Heritage).

For this, FAME and its members are extremely grateful to the the Trudeau government. In particular, FAME would like to underline the hard work by the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Steven Guilbeault, the Minister of Economic Development, Mélanie Joly, and the Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland. We thank them whole-heartedly, along with their teams.

The Government of Canada also provided significant amounts towards the two main federal programs that benefit festivals and events at Canadian Heritage – the Canada Arts Presentation Fund and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program over three years.

Elsewhere, FAME has been very active as part of the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses, for the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – which helps organizers to retain their teams and expertise. The fact that the federal government has extended the program until the end of September is excellent news.

For FAME, which represents over 500 events across Canada, these measures recognize the fundamental role played by festivals and events in Canada’s cultural and touristic ecosystem.

“If the pandemic is far from being over, Canadians can today reasonably hope to preserve their cherished festivals and events, where they will once again be able to celebrate with their friends and family”, declared the Executive Director of FAME, Martin Roy.

A KPMG study in 2017 evaluated that a group of 17 Canadian events generated $290,8M annually in economic impact, created or maintained the equivalent of 4,606 jobs (Full Time Equivalent), and produced fiscal revenues of $66,6M, $17,3M of which went to the Federal Government. This same study concluded that the Canadian Government recouped 1.78 times its investment in festivals and events by way of taxes.

FAME offers its full support for the implementation of the new measures announced in the Federal budget, and looks forward to helping the government further leverage the enormous potential of the festivals and events sector to stimulate economic and touristic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Opening the Door to Celebrate Together Again

Opening the Door to Celebrate Together Again

A Thee-step Roadmap To Recovery For The Festivals And Events Sector

1- Keep Teams Together and Expertise Alive

2- Instill Confidence in Canadians

3- Stimulate touristic and Economic Recovery by Relaunching Festivals and Event

 

Prepared for Canada’s federal, provincial, and municipal governments (prebudget consultation)

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Festivals and Events

The Impact of COVID-19 on Festivals and Events

Highlights from a survey of more than 100 Canadian festivals and events conducted in August 2020 by the Ottawa Festival Network and Festivals and Major Events Canada (FAME), in collaboration with the Regroupement des Événements Majeurs Internationaux du Québec (REMI), Quebec Attraction Events (EAQ), Event Atlantic and the Atlantic Presenters Association.

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Festivals and Events : The Tools for Canada's Economic and Touristic Recovery

Festivals and Events : The Tools for Canada's Economic and Touristic Recovery

A brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

Prebudget Consultation

July 2020

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2019 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

Published on May 27, 2020

Less than a year after receiving and welcoming positive news about funding for its members, Festivals and Major Events Canada (FAME) quickly got to work in Ottawa to ensure the sustainability of the investments made, to avoid the impact of possible cuts and, as much as possible, to prevent a rather surreal administrative situation at the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Then came the COVID-19 pandemic.

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FAME Applauds the Federal Government’s Support for Arts and Culture

Montreal, May 8, 2020 – Festivals and Major Events Canada (FAME) is joined by event organizers across the country in welcoming the details announced today by the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Steven Guilbeault, regarding the $500M Arts, Culture, and Sport Emergency Support Fund. FAME considers this to be an important first step in the long road towards ensuring the survival of its members and the eventual relaunch of their activities.

In a separate announcement today, the Prime Minister indicated that the Canada Emergency Wage subsidy would be extended beyond June, which we hope will help many organizations in the events sector who are not eligible to this relief program.

Of the $500M, $198.3 million is being provided to the beneficiaries of arts and culture funding via existing programs at Canadian Heritage as well as other organizations with demonstrated needs.

Of these existing programs, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program (BCAH) will benefit many festivals and events who are already existing recipients. However, these two chronically oversubscribed programs have long lacked the resources to satisfy the demand, which exceeded program resources by at least 40% in 2017-2018. This has left many festivals across Canada excluded from becoming funding recipients.

For this reason, it is also noteworthy to see that “Phase 2” of this measure will provide funding to organizations that do not currently receive funding from Canadian Heritage. This will be welcome news to the many festivals across Canada who, in the past, have not been able to access Canadian Heritage programming. FAME await further details on Phase 2.

Over the past few months – most notably yesterday, before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance – FAME has highlighted four essential measures needed for the events sector’s road to recovery.

The first two measures have to do with survival. Ensuring the continued flow of regular grants from Canadian Heritage programming and eligibility for relief measures like the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy were the first priorities. Second, we must also eventually find solutions for the anticipated deficits that all festivals will incur due to cancellation. It remains to be seen to what level today’s announced measures will address these issues.

The second two measures have to do with recovery. Before a relaunch can happen, a transition period needs to occur while we wait for a vaccine, and organizers must reinvent events to be “COVID-Proof”. When the time comes for an economic, social, and touristic relaunch, a structuring federal program will be needed to stimulate a large concentration of activity in the events space. To that end, our coalition believes that a “version 2.0” of the Marquee Tourism Events Program which was introduced as a response to the 2008 economic crisis, is required.


Federal Cabinet Announcement: FAME WELCOMES THE NOMINATION OF NEW FEDERAL PARTNERS

Federal Cabinet Announcement:

FAME WELCOMES THE NOMINATION OF NEW FEDERAL PARTNERS 

 

MONTRÉAL,NOVEMBER20th, 2019 – Festivals and Major Events Canada (FAME) is enthusiastic regarding the recent announcement of the Liberal Party of Canada’s Cabinet. While we are welcoming new faces such as Ministers Steven Guilbeault and Bill Blair to the portfolios of Canadian Heritage and Public Safety, we are also welcoming back Ministers Navdeep Bains and Melanie Joly to their previous – but adjusted – roles at Innovation, Science, and Industry and Economic Development and Official Languages. FAME looks forward to working together with this new team of advocates for culture, tourism, economic growth and public safety and building a better business environment for all festivals and events in Canada.

While tourism no longer directly appears in Minister Joly’s new title, FAME is confident that she will be continuing her great work on the file through her responsibility for the the Regional Economic Development Agencies (RDA), which help to better support the unique regional needs of various festivals and events through programs like the Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF). Given the fact that Canadian festivals and events are significant touristic motors, the RDA’s have a significant role to play in ensuring their continued growth.

According to an economic impact study by KPMG in 2018, 17 events generated $17,3 M in taxes and fees from an invest of $9.7M from the Federal Government.  In one fiscal year, this means that these events generated 1.78 times the federal contribution, without considering the effect on provincial/municipal employment, economy and culture.

In its last mandate, the Liberal Government made promising investments in programs that support the festivals and events industry, like the Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF), Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF), and Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program (BCAH). However, because these investmentments are set to end in 2020-2021, FAME and its partners in the culture and tourism sectors look forward to working with the new government to renew this funding and ensure ongoing support for our industry.


End of the festival season and upcoming federal election: FAME AND RÉMI CALL UPON POLITICAL PARTIES

End of the festival season and upcoming federal election: 

FAME AND RÉMI CALL UPON POLITICAL PARTIES

MONTRÉAL, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 — As a summer season highlighted by great weather and exciting events draws to a close, Festivals and Major Events Canada (FAME) and le Regroupement des événements majeurs internationaux (RÉMI) are calling upon the federal political parties – in the midst of their election campaigns – to commit to ensuring an improved business environment for the festivals and events sector that favors economic development and international tourism.

In a short document entitled “Some ideas for your party and your electoral platform in relation to the festivals and events industry”, the associations suggest concrete measures to address security costs, taxation issues, culture, and growth.

Notably, an important step for the new federal government to make would be to expand the eligibility criteria of the “Community Infrastructure Program: Communities, at Risk” at the Department of Public Safety, to allow festivals and events to apply. The renewal of measures announced in the 2019 federal budget for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 at the Department of Canadian Heritage – which were celebrated by FAME and RÉMI last March – is also an important item on the list.

A year ago, a study conducted by KPMG found that a group of 17 Canadian events generated economic benefits of $290.8 M annually (value added to market price), that it had created or maintained the equivalent of 4,606 jobs (part-time equivalent), and produced tax revenues of $66.6 M – of which $17.3 M went to the Government of Canada. This same study concluded that the Government of Canada recuperates 1.78 times what it invests in events in the form of taxes and fees.