Toronto Budget 2020
Information on the 2020 Toronto City Operating Budget, links, public hearings and calls to action are all here.
2020 City Budget
The City passed its 2020 operating budget on February 19. This was the culmination of a budget process that began on January 10 with a staff recommended budget of $13.5 billion, and carried through Budget Committee meetings and public deputations to final approval by City Council.
Included is an increase of $2.5 million to arts and culture. Of this, Toronto Arts Council will receive an increase of $500,000 for a total allocation from the city of $25,054,600.
While municipal support for arts grants is always important, in 2020 there are more reasons than ever for City Council to support arts funding:
- Mayor Tory has declared 2021 will be Toronto's Year of Public Art (YPA). Increased arts funding will encourage strong participation by local artists, leading to lasting impact on both our artists and our city. Toronto Arts Council is accepting applications for funding for public art projects here.
- Arts Stats 2019 - Going Without: Artists and Arts Workers in Our Creative City, published in November 2019, has made it clear that Toronto's artists face disproportionately high costs to live in Toronto (paying for both work space and essential training) while experiencing disproportionately low incomes. This has led as many as 73% of Toronto’s artists to consider leaving the city. See a related Toronto Star article Time for Toronto to decide whether it wants to keep its Artists.
- 90% of Torontonians believe that the arts and culture benefit Toronto; top benefits are attracting tourists, highlighting cultural diversity, and making the city a better place in which to live. See Toronto Arts Stats 2018.
Toronto's Budget Committee heard from members of the public on January 20 and 21. Artists, arts workers and supporters came out to recommend that City Council approve the recommended increased investment in arts support.
The photo shows Toronto Arts Council Board member, Neera Chopra, speaking to Budget Committee at North York Civic Centre on January 21.