2018 Federal Budget: FAME Disappointed to See Festivals and Events Ignored

Following the presentation of the federal budget for 2018–2019, Festivals and Major Events Canada (FAME) is disappointed that, despite its Creative Canada strategy and its desire to make Canada an all-star international destination, the federal government did not see fit to support the development and growth of the event industry at this time.

The association, which represents 29 events in Canada, plans to continue its advocacy work with Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly and her colleague in charge of Tourism, Bardish Chagger, and hopes to convince them of the importance of investing in an industry that pays all sorts of dividends.

“It was the perfect opportunity to recognize the role of festivals and events as economic and cultural drivers, release the brakes and send a strong signal for their development,” said FAME Executive Director Martin Roy. “There’s always next time,” he added.