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  • Budget 2019 Changes Canada’s Art Laws, and More

    21-Mar-2019

    Arts and culture organizations say they’re happy to see a restoration of incentives for cultural-property donations, and a boost to some arts-festival funding. 

    National Importance.

    It’s a phrase containing just two words.

    But since a federal court ruling in June 2018, the presence of these two words in certain parts of the federal Cultural Property Export and Import Act have halted millions of dollars in artwork donations to museums and art galleries across Canada.

    Yesterday, Budget 2019 offered a simple, if unexpected, solution to the impasse: a change to the act, and related taxation law, that means the “national importance” criteria no longer apply when it comes to obtaining specialized tax credits for artwork donations.

    “Budget 2019 proposes to amend the Income Tax Act and the Cultural Property Export and Import Act to remove the requirement that property be of ‘national importance’ in order to qualify for the enhanced tax incentives for donations of cultural property,” says the budget document.

    The new measure is considered effective as of Budget Day: March 19, 2019.

    BUDGET 2019 ALSO OFFERS $16 MILLION MORE FOR SOME ARTS FESTIVALS

    Kate Cornell, co-chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition, says she was pleased to see a boost of $16 million to the Canadian Arts Presentation Fund in Budget 2019.

    “It’s been a decade since this fund has had any investment,” says Cornell over the phone. “And the fund is incredibly oversubscribed,” so that $16 million is needed.

    Cornell notes that the Canada Council for the Arts is working toward a doubling of its budget, and many more performance and dance works are now being created as a result. But without a similar growth of performance venues, there is a “bottleneck,” she says, between creation and presentation. Read More. 













    Justin Trudeau met with musician Elton John and partner David Furnish in September 2018 to discuss the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Performing arts festivals and the Canada Music Fund are among those sectors finding a boost in Budget 2019. Photo: Facebook.

  • Gender Parity study in Canadian Artistic and Cultural Organizations submitted to the House of Commons

    31-Jan-2019

    On January 29th, the Report on Gender Parity in Canadian Artistic and Cultural Organizations was tabled in the House of Commons. The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) is thrilled to see the publication of this important study.

    CDA's Executive Director Kate Cornell was a witness during the study and is quoted in the report.

    Witnesses noted that change at the highest level can have a positive effect on hiring and recruitment throughout the entire organization. Ms. Cornell, explained: "if we change who sits on the boards, it will impact who is hired as artistic director, who is hired as executive director, and then it goes on down to the staff level."

    In particular, CDA will be advocating to the Minister of Canadian Heritage that Recommendation 6 is enacted swiftly, "That the Government of Canada, in collaboration with service organizations, develop and offer professional development programs focused on gender parity for board members."

    You can read the Report HERE.

  • Taxation and the Artist

    18-Jun-2018

    The Canadian Arts Coalition has created a Committee on Taxation and the Artist in partnership with many NASO organizations including CARFAC, IMAA, and the Canadian Dance Assembly. April Britski of CARFAC National has been leading this committee, with support from Co-Chair Kate Cornell. The Committee is focused on the fair treatment of professional artists regarding taxation. The Committee is in regular communication with the Canada Council for the Arts and with senior officials at the Canada Revenue Agency. This significant file is moving quickly and the government is listening.












    If you are an artist who has been reassessed and/or audited by the Canada Revenue Agency, please share your story with the Canadian Arts Coalition or your discipline-specific national arts service organization. Contact: artscoalition@gmail.com

    Please see the Canada Council statement HERE.


  • Ontario Elections 2018 - Make sure to VOTE!

    30-May-2018

    This provincial election in Ontario is essential for the arts sector. We are likely to have a new Premier at the end of the day on June 7th which will mean potential changes for the Ontario Arts Council’s budget, depending upon which party is elected.

    PLEASE get out and VOTE.

    How to Vote (even if you didn’t get your voter card), click HERE

    Information on the arts issues: Ontarians for the Arts, click HERE

    Not sure which party reflects your values? Take this five minute survey, click HERE

















    Image Courtesy of Global News 
  • CRA demotes Halifax sculptor to 'hobby artist' and gives him $14K tax bill

    30-Apr-2018

    An established Halifax sculptor says he was shocked and insulted by a Canada Revenue Agency ruling demoting him to the status of "hobby artist" and giving him a $14,500 tax bill.

    Installation artist Steve Higgins, also a part-time instructor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, was notified his expense claims from a 2013 art project were rejected because the work was funded by public grants and not sold for profit. The basis of the ruling has some Canadian arts groups concerned about what they see as a dangerous precedent. Higgins said he received the reassessment from the CRA in January. His expense claims were rejected and he was informed he owed $14,495.37 in back taxes. Those taxes are due today, the April 30 deadline for Canadians to file their income tax returns.

    To continue reading, click HERE



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