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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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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2018 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

Published on June 3, 2019

With its good news for the event industry, the budget tabled by the federal government in mid-March 2019 capped off a busy year at Festivals and Major Events Canada (FAME).

It also demonstrated that, for festivals and events of all sizes and from across Canada, having a unified voice and working together around common goals can produce major results.

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A plan to create a better business environment for all festivals and events in Canada

A plan to create a better business environment for all festivals and events in Canada

Published on November 11, 2018

The plan for a better business environment for all festivals and major events rests on three pillars that will help Canada compete in a growing international market. We invite the Government of Canada to keep them safe, help them grow, and focus on their creation.

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Prebudget Consultation: FAME asks for a better business environment for the festivals and major events industry

Festivals and major events Canada (FAME) submitted a brief as part of the pre-budget consultations in Ottawa. The proposal for a better business environment for all festivals and major events rests on three pillars that will help Canada compete in a growing international market. We invite the Government of Canada to keep them safe, help them grow, and focus on their creation.

  1. Security: The terrorist threat that is felt around the world forces festivals and events to take necessary mitigation measures, which represents a significant and increasing cost that cannot be covered through sponsorship or otherwise.
  2. Growth and Competitiveness: The disappearance of tobacco sponsorship and previous Federal programs — as well as an absence of reliable sources of funding — has stunted the industry’s growth and affected its ability to compete with other jurisdictions around the world in attracting international tourists. FAME wants to ensure that our industry will be able to compete to attract tourists in a rapidly-growing international market.
  3. Culture: As the number of events in Canada has increased, the budgets of programs that benefit the industry at the Department of Canadian Heritage have not increased in almost 10 years. This means that these programs remain under high pressure and cannot keep up with the demand.

As the only pan-Canadian organization exclusively comprised of festivals and events in the country, FAME acts as the spokesperson for the industry. Therefore, the scope of our thinking extends to the entirety of Canadian festivals and events, of all sizes and all places. Small and large events are equally concerned by growth, security, and the recognition of their contribution to Canada’s cultural vitality.

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Economic impact study of 17 major Canadian events : final report

A large economic impact study of 17 major Canadian events

A new economic impact study of 17 major Canadian events shows that FAME’s request for the federal government to establish a program dedicated to the growth of the events industry is more relevant and timely than ever.

The KPMG study estimates that a group of 17 events generated a combined $290.8 million in economic benefits (added value at market prices). This calculation is based on $396.4 million in eligible expenditures (operations and tourist). The study estimates that the 17 events created or maintained the equivalent of 4,606 jobs (full-time equivalent) and generated tax revenues of $66.6 million ($49.3 million for the Government of Québec, $17.3 million for the Government of Canada).

The study, commissioned by KPMG at the request of the Regroupement des événements majeur internationaux (RÉMI), included nine FAME members. It also concludes that the Government of Canada is receiving 1.78 times what it invests in the events thanks to taxes and other levies.

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The events who participated in the aggregate study are: the Carnaval de Québec, the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, the Festival d’été de Québec, the Montréal International Jazz Festival, the Just for Laughs Festival, the Festival de Lanaudière, the Montréal Fashion and Design Festival, the Festival Montréal en Lumière, the Festival Western de St-Tite, Montréal Pride, the Francos de Montréal, Igloofest, the International de montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, the International des Feux Loto-Québec, OSHEAGA — Festival Musique et Arts, the Grands Feux Loto-Québec and the Régates de Valleyfield.