Toronto Budget 2019

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

2019 City Budget

On January 28, Toronto City Council launched the 2019 budget process.  Currently there are 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 is hosting its annual Arts Day at the City on February 8 at which it will recommend 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 will hear from members of the public on Feburary 7 and 11. Artists, arts workers and supporters are encouraged to come out to recommend that City Council increase its investment in arts support. Meeting details are as follows:

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

How do I sign up?

Call (416-392-4666) or email the City Clerk in charge of Budget Committee and register to speak at the meeting.  This may be done any time up to the day before.  If you haven't registered in advance, it is usually still possible to request to speak at the meeting itself and your name will be added to the end of the speakers list.  

Select your preferred date and location (noted above) and email buc@toronto.ca to request a time to speak.  Include in your request the time and date and provide your full name, home address and phone.  

You can also Email your City Councillor (click for sample email).

What if I can't make it in person?

Whether you are speaking or writing, Councillors are interested in your personal experience.  Let them know that arts funding increases received to date have made a difference – stories about the work you do, the new projects undertaken, the new communities reached, will all help to reinforce Budget Committee’s commitment to follow through with funding increases as planned.  Ask your Board, volunteers, audiences and supporters to email their City Councillors.  It is important that they contact the Councillor from their home, not work, address.  (This is because Councillors respond to voters, and you vote where you live).  Not sure who your Councillor is?  Find them here.

Copy your email to Mayor Tory (mayor_tory@toronto.ca) and Budget Chief Gary Crawford (councillor_crawford@toronto.ca)

Want some help with wording? Click here. (be sure to replace the email address with your Councillor's address).

You'll find handy, impressive Arts Stats to include in your communications here 

Making a Deputation: click here for additional tips and details of how to speak before Budget Committee.

Arts Funding - Key Messages