Canadian Heritage Departmental Plan

Plans at a Glance

In fiscal year 2020 to 2021, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will

In 2020-21, the Department of Canadian Heritage will support Minister Guilbeault, Minister Chagger and Minister Joly in carrying out their mandates and in achieving results to advance the Department’s five core responsibilities, as outlined in its Departmental Results Framework:

  • Core Responsibility 1: Creativity, arts and culture
  • Core Responsibility 2: Heritage and celebration
  • Core Responsibility 3: Sport
  • Core Responsibility 4: Diversity and inclusion
  • Core Responsibility 5: Official languages

 

Canadian Heritage will introduce amendments to the ‘Broadcasting Act’ by the end of 2020 and develop additional measures to support Canadian broadcasters and content creators. Furthermore, the Department will examine how to best support Canadian content creation and production in French, English and other cultural and linguistic communities. Canadian Heritage will also review the ‘Copyright Act’ while working in partnership with Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada.

Core responsibilities: planned results and resources, and key risks

This section contains detailed information on the department?s planned results and resources for each of its core responsibilities. It also contains information on key risks related to achieving those results.

Creativity, arts and culture ($513,243,111)

Ensures that a wide range of Canadian artistic and cultural content is accessible at home and abroad. Provides opportunities for Canadians to participate and engage in Canada’s creative life, fostering a sense of belonging and inclusion. Fosters creativity, innovation, growth and employment opportunities in Canada’s cultural sector, and in the creative economy. Support policy, legislative and regulatory measures; deliver funding programs that support creation, professional training, cultural infrastructure and arts presentation; business development and marketing initiatives; and the establishment of partnerships in Canada and abroad.

Planning highlights

The Department contributes to Core Responsibility 1 through several programs: Arts; Cultural Marketplace Framework; and Cultural Industries Support and Development. Canadian Heritage fosters a vibrant Canadian artistic sector by increasing opportunities for Canadians to connect with the arts, explore artistic excellence and become full partners in supporting a resilient arts sector. The Department encourages the creation of and access to Canadian cultural content, as well as fosters the competitiveness of Canada’s music, book publishing and periodical industries, and film and video. Canadian Heritage supports marketplace conditions for a strong, innovative, competitive and equitable cultural sector. 

The Department also contributes to the promotion of discoverability and distribution of Canadian programming in French at home and abroad through the TV5 program. For more details on Canadian Heritage programs, please consult the Supplementary information tables associated with this report, and the Canadian Heritage website.The planned spending budget allocated to this core responsibility is $513,243,111 and supported by a total of 430.3 planned full-time equivalents.The Department will continue to engage domestically and internationally to advance effective solutions that promote and protect Indigenous arts and cultural expression from misuse and misappropriation.

  • Creative industries are successful in the digital economy, foster creativity and contribute to economic growth.
  • Canadians are able to consume Canadian content on multiple platforms.
  • Creative industries are successful in global markets.Canadians have access to cultural facilities in their communities.
  • Canadians have access to festivals and performing arts series that reflect Canada’s diversity.

Heritage and celebration ($111,012,915)

Offers opportunities for Canadians to participate in celebrations and commemorations of national significance, and in local festivals and heritage events. Invests in the development of learning materials and experiences that give Canadians opportunities to enhance their understanding of Canada’s history. Facilitates access to heritage and provides support to heritage institutions to preserve and present heritage to all Canadians. Delivers projects, programs and services; grants, contributions and tax incentives; conducts research; provides authoritative information and expertise; and supports the implementation of heritage-related legislation.

Planning highlights

The Department contributes to Core Responsibility 2 through several programs: National Celebrations, Commemorations and Symbols; Community Engagement and Heritage; Preservation of and Access to Heritage; and Learning about Canadian History. Canadian Heritage offers opportunities for Canadians to participate in celebrations and commemorations of national significance, recognizes notable people, places, symbols, anniversaries and accomplishments of national significance across Canada, offers events and activities in the National Capital Region, and promotes and protects Canadian symbols. The Department provides funding in support of local festivals, community anniversaries and capital projects. 

Canadian Heritage ensures that Canada’s cultural heritage is preserved and accessible to Canadians today and in the future, assists Canadian museums in documenting, sharing information about their collections, provides Canadians access to Canadian and international heritage through the circulation of artefacts and exhibitions in Canada, and helps Canadian heritage institutions compete with foreign institutions for the loan of prestigious international exhibitions. Finally, the Department encourages Canadians to learn about Canada’s history, civic life, and public policy. For more details on Canadian Heritage programs, please consult the Supplementary information tables associated with this report, and the Canadian Heritage website.The planned spending budget allocated to this core responsibility is $111,012,915 and supported by a total of 326.5 planned full-time equivalents.

  • Canadians feel a strong sense of belonging to Canada.Canadians are engaged in celebrations and commemorations of national significance.
  • Canadians across the country are engaged in their communities through local arts and heritage.
  • The public is provided with access to cultural heritage.Heritage objects and collections are preserved by heritage organizations for current and future generations.

Sport ($249,554,510)

Promotes and enhances Canadian participation in sport, from initial introduction to sport to the highest levels through transfer payments and policy leadership. Ensures that all Canadians have access to quality aligned sport programs in a safe and welcoming environment regardless of race, gender or physical disability. Fosters the development of high-performance athletes, coaches, officials, leaders and organizations within the Canadian Sport System. Assists Canadian communities in hosting the Canada Games and international sport events.

Planning highlights

The Department contributes to Core Responsibility 3 through the Sport Development and High Performance Program. Sport Canada aims to establish Canada as a leading sport nation at home and abroad, where all Canadians and their communities enjoy, value and celebrate the benefits of active participation and excellence in sport. It contributes to advancing the goals of the Canadian Sport Policy, funds eligible organizations to deliver sport for social development projects in Indigenous communities in Canada, and supports and promotes gender equity in Sport. The Department further provides direct support to Canadian athletes to foster the development of high-performance athletes, and assists sport organizations to host the Canada Games and international sport events in Canada. For more details on Canadian Heritage programs, please consult the Supplementary information tables associated with this report, and the Canadian Heritage website.The planned spending budget allocated to this core responsibility is $249,554,510 and supported by a total of 103.5 planned full-time equivalents.

  • Canadian athletes succeed at the highest levels of competition.
  • Canadian children and youth are enrolled in a sport activity.
  • Canadians, regardless of gender, physical ability and cultural background, who participate in sport activities are satisfied with the manner in which the activity is provided.

Diversity and inclusion ($131,234,805)

Focuses on celebrating Canada’s diversity, identity and multicultural heritage, promoting resilient communities and reinforcing the rights of Canadians, as a means to foster diversity and inclusion. Supports legislation on multiculturalism. Promotes and supports domestic implementation of international human rights treaties, constitutional and quasi-constitutional rights in Canada. Works in collaboration with a variety of Governmental and non-governmental organizations to support the provision of programs and services on matters of diversity and inclusion. Supports the engagement, participation and inclusion of Canadian youth in their communities and in exchange activities. Revitalizes, preserves and promotes Indigenous languages and cultures and celebrates achievements, and strengthens Indigenous communities through investments in a variety of initiatives.Planning highlightsThe Department contributes to Core Responsibility 4 though several programs: Multiculturalism; Human Rights; Indigenous Languages and Cultures; and Youth Engagement. 

Through these programs, the Department seeks to build an integrated, socially cohesive society, and to engage in discussions on multiculturalism, inclusion and diversity at the domestic and international level. Canadian Heritage also seeks to strengthen and maintain one of the core values relating to Canadian identity respect for human rights ? by addressing barriers to active participation that arise from a lack of awareness, understanding and access to rights. The Department aims to increase awareness among youth participants of the importance of being active and engaged citizens, increase youth knowledge and understanding of Canada, and strengthen their sense of belonging to Canada, thereby strengthening their shared sense of Canadian identity. Canadian Heritage also focuses on keeping Indigenous languages and Indigenous identity as living elements of Canadian society. By providing investments, it contributes to the efforts of Indigenous communities to reclaim, revitalize, maintain and strengthen their Indigenous languages and develop and deliver innovative and culturally appropriate projects under the Aboriginal Languages Initiative, Northern Aboriginal Broadcasting, Territorial Language Accords, National Indigenous Peoples Day, and Indspire.Following the 2019 election, two secretariats were transferred to the Department of Canadian Heritage. 

The Youth Secretariat provides support to the Minister for Diversity and Inclusion and Youth in the operations of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, the implementation of Canada’s First Youth Policy, and advice regarding other youth initiatives across the Government of Canada. The LGBTQ2 Secretariat promotes LGBTQ2 equality and rights, and addresses discrimination against LGBTQ2 communities.For more details on Canadian Heritage programs, please consult the Supplementary information tables associated with this report, and the Canadian Heritage website.The planned spending budget allocated to this core responsibility is $131,234,805 and supported by a total of 185.4 planned full-time equivalents.

  • Canadians value diversity.Reversal of the current downward trend in the use and fluency of Indigenous languages.
  • Youth enhance their appreciation of the diversity and shared aspects of the Canadian experience.
  • Individuals or groups have access to funding to initiate or participate in test cases pertaining to rights and freedoms covered by the Court Challenges Program.
  • Canadians value human rights.

Official languages ($449,167,574)

Supports the promotion of Canada’s two official languages in Canadian society as well as the development of official-language minority communities by collaborating with voluntary organizations and provincial and territorial governments. Fosters a coordinated approach to ensure participation from across the federal government in the implementation of the?Official Languages Act, and the coordination of related horizontal initiatives.

Planning highlights

The Department contributes to Core Responsibility 5 through the Official Languages Program. This Program supports the promotion of both official languages in Canadian society, as well as the development of official-language minority communities, by collaborating with community organizations and provincial and territorial governments. It fosters a coordinated approach to ensure participation from all institutions of the federal government in the implementation of the Official Languages Act, and the coordination of whole-of-government initiatives on Official Languages. The Department also coordinates the implementation of the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023: Investing in our future, a horizontal government strategy for official languages. For more details on Canadian Heritage programs, please consult the Supplementary information tables associated with this report, and the Canadian Heritage website.The planned spending budget allocated to this core responsibility is $449,167,574 and supported by a total of 156.7 planned full-time equivalents.

  • Canadians recognize and support Canada’s official languages.
  • Federal institutions develop and implement policies and programs in accordance with Section 41 of the Official Languages Act.