Toronto Budget 2019

Information on the 2019 Toronto City Operating Budget, links, public hearings and calls to action are all here.

2019 City Budget - TAC $421,000 increase approved March 7

Toronto City Council approved its 2019 budget with a total increase to Economic Development and Culture's 2019 Operating Budget of $1.0 million, allocated as follows:

  • Toronto Arts Council - $0.421 million;
  • Local Arts Service Organizations - $0.112 million;
  • Youth Arts Incubation Program - $0.300 million;
  • Museum Maintenance Services - $0.112 million;
  • Film Sector Development - $0.055 million

In addition, Council approved a motion to direct the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, to consult with the community on priorities for further investment in the arts, heritage and creative industries outside the core, and report back through the 2020 Budget Process.

The Budget Process

On January 28, Toronto City Council launched the 2019 budget process.  Initially there were no recommended increases to arts and culture funding. 

The 2019 City staff recommended budget is published here: Toronto 2019 Budget

Toronto's Friends of the Arts hosted its annual Arts Day at the City on February 8 at which it recommended an increase in arts funding of at least $2 million, equal to the amount proposed by the City's Budget Committee in 2018.  At about 0.01% of the City's $13.4 billion operating budget, the $2 million increase is easily justified. Investing in the arts is good for the economy with every $1 in city arts grants leveraging over $20 in ticket sales, donations and support from other levels of government.

Toronto's Budget Committee heard from members of the public on Feburary 7 and 11. Artists, arts workers and supporters were encouraged to come out to recommend that City Council increase its investment in arts support. Meeting details:

Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.: Thursday February 7, 9:30 am and 6:00pm

Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive: Thursday February 7, 3:00-5:00pm and 6:00pm

Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 the West Mall: Monday, February 11, 3:00-5:00pm and 6:00pm

North York civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.: Monday, February 11, 3:00-5:00pm and 6:00pm

Arts Funding - Key Messages