The arts are a vital part of Ontario’s communities.
The culture sector directly generates almost $20 billion annually in Ontario’s economy and creates more than 250,000 jobs in communities around the province.
Artists and arts organizations, however, are sometimes overlooked when we acknowledge important contributions to our communities.
Over the past year, 19 local artists and arts organizations have received funding from the Ontario Arts Council, the province’s primary funding body for the arts. A total of $160,860 was allocated to professional artists and arts organizations right here in Brant.
In 2011-2012, the Ontario Arts Council funded 1,681 individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 216 communities across Ontario for a total of $52.8 million.
In addition to the economic impact, a healthy arts and culture sector contributes to the quality of life in our communities.
Studies show Ontarians believe culture is integral to their quality of life. A 2010 study by Environics Research revealed that a resounding 95 per cent of Ontarians believe the arts enrich the quality of our lives.
Today, I celebrate and congratulate our local artists and arts organizations.
For more information about the Ontario Arts Council or how your organization can apply for funding, please visit www.arts.on.ca.
For all other provincial matters, please call my office at 519-759-0361 or visit my website at www.davelevac.on.ca.
Dave Levac is MPP for Brant and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.