Today’s policy debates in Ottawa at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Convention saw the Surrey Board of Trade asking the Federal Government to focus on a revitalized economic strategy for the arts and culture industry.
That the Federal Government implement a new independent commission led by the private sector with government participation to examine the arts and culture in Canada, with the goal to strengthen the industry and ensure that Canada’s arts and culture industry can continue to thrive and grow.
“We were pleased that the Canadian Chamber of Commerce delegates supported the arts and cultural sector, which contributed close to $60 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) and close to 700,000 jobs prior to the pandemic,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “As the arts and culture industry was one of the most compromised industries during the pandemic, and as Canada’s arts strategy was developed in 1951, a new commission and economic strategy is needed to lay a new foundation that will nurture the arts and culture in Canada.”
Read the full policy (Policy #11 on page 37)
The Surrey Board of Trade represents 6,000 member business contacts and over 60,000 employees, and is one of the top 10 largest boards of trades/chambers of commerce in Canada (450 boards of trades/chambers of commerce nationwide).
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