Toronto Budget 2020

Information on the 2020 Toronto City Operating Budget, links, public hearings and calls to action are all here.

2020 City Budget Process

On January 10, Toronto City Council launched the 2020 city budget process, presenting a recommended operating budget of $13.5 billion for review and approval by City Council.

Included in the recommendations is an increase of $2.5 million to arts and culture.  Of this, Toronto Arts Council expects to receive an increase of $500,000. 

While municipal support for arts grants is always important, in 2020 there are more reasons than ever for City Council to approve the recommended arts funding increase:

  • 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 will hear from members of the public on January 20 and 21. Artists, arts workers and supporters are all encouraged to come out to recommend that City Council approve the recommended increased investment in arts support. Meeting details:

Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.: Monday January 20, 9:30 am and 6:00pm

Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive: Monday January 20, 3:00-5:00pm and 6:00pm

Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 the West Mall: Tuesday, January 21, 3:00-5:00pm and 6:00pm

North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.: Tuesday, January 21, 3:00-5:00pm and 6:00pm

Click here for more information on signing up to speak before Budget Committee.

Following the public meetings Budget Committee will prepare its final budget recommendations which will be presented to Executive Committee on February 13 and to full City Council on February 19.  See City Council meeting calendar

2020 Arts Funding - Key Messages