The federal Ministry of Canadian Heritage is responsible for funding 12 crown corporations, including Canada Council, Téléfilm, the National Film Board, and CBC. The fund that supports Official Language communities is less visible but extremely important for minority language communities. A significant portion of ELAN’s funding comes from this source, which has also funded some of our largest projects such as Arts Alive! Québec.
On March 28 in Ottawa, Minister Mélanie Joly and Prime Minister Trudeau unveiled the 2018/19 Action Plan for Official Languages. The new Action Plan received a 20% increase in funding, which was an encouraging demonstration of support for minority language communities across the country. Some of the highlights include:
- $57.35 million to increase support for organizations working in community development, culture, and second language learning;
- $67.3 million in new funding (over 5 years) for the construction of cultural and educational infrastructure;
- $11.2 million to double the Community Cultural Action Fund, for a total investment of $21.2 million over 5 years;
- $10 million for a new Community Media Strategic Fund.