Alberta Culture's 2013-14 Budget
The Alberta government's 2013-14 budget reflects a proactive and fiscally responsible approach to providing programs and services that matter to Albertans, and reflects the economic challenges our province faces as a result of international resource market pressures. As part of that approach, we will continue to build Alberta by remaining committed to the goals of our provincial cultural policy, The Spirit of Alberta, and its four keystones of Access, Capacity, Excellence and fostering Cultural Industries.
Budget 2013 recognizes the immense contributions that thousands of people in our creative industries, the arts, heritage and the nonprofit/voluntary sectors make to our quality of life and in helping Albertans reach their full potential. Alberta Culture's 2013-14 budget is $219 million including operating and capital spending.
Nonprofit/Voluntary SectorAlberta's nonprofit/voluntary sector is a key contributor to the high quality of life we enjoy in this province. With an estimated annual impact of $9 billion, the sector provides capacity to deliver many essential, community-based services, particularly to those who are most vulnerable. Budget 2013 provides $65 million for community voluntary support services, including:
- $38 million for the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP).
- $24.75 million for the Community Initiatives Program (CIP).
- $2.7 million for the Other Initiatives Program.
The Government of Alberta is committed to preserving the history of the province, and our historic resources, for future generations. Budget 2013 provides $55 million to protect and promote Alberta's history and heritage. This includes:
- Investment in heritage preservation and support to Alberta's network of 19 museums and historic sites across the province - including the Royal Alberta Museum - as well as support to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
- $8.7 million to the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, which provides support to the Glenbow Museum, Alberta Museums Association, Municipal Heritage Partnership Program, provincial heritage organizations and the Government House Foundation.
- One of the keys to success in the future is to learn from the stories of our past. We will continue to offer programming that meets curriculum obligations to help our students learn about our history and heritage. Funding will continue to be available to owners of protected historical places to safeguard Alberta's significant historic places and extend their physical life.
Alberta's Francophone Secretariat represents the needs of the Francophone community in Alberta and supports initiatives aimed at promoting French language and culture. Budget 2013 provides $1.2 million for the Francophone Secretariat to help support the planning and delivery of quality French-language services and support initiatives aimed at contributing to the development of francophone communities.
Arts and Cultural Industries
Alberta's cultural sector enhances the quality of life of all Albertans. It also helps attract and retain a skilled workforce, and our cultural industries are responsible for almost three per cent of Alberta's Gross Domestic Product, amounting to $7.81 billion. This sector delivers a measurable, competitive edge for the province. Budget 2013 provides $58 million for arts and cultural industries, including:
- $27.9 million to support artists and arts organizations through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
- Nearly $19.9 million, including increased support of $370,000 for film, television and digital media production, as well as book and magazine publishing and the sound recording industry, through the Alberta Multimedia Development Fund.
- $6.8 millione* in the Historic Resources Fund for the Jubilee Auditoria. *generated revenues
Through the work of a revitalized Premier's Council on Culture, the Alberta government will lead the development of a long-term plan to build strength, growth and sustainability for Alberta's culture sector. With Budget 2013 and through our 2013-16 Business Plan, Alberta Culture will build upon the creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that has - and will - continue to drive the success of our nonprofit/voluntary and multicultural organizations, historic places, artists, cultural industries and corporate sector.
Revised: March 7, 2013