Heritage Canada, the department of the government dedicated to promoting Canadian culture and history, will be provided with $500 million in wage support to help the country’s struggling culture sector.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the news on Friday, during his daily media address.
The funds will support artists, creators, and Canada’s rising sports stars through the lifting up of organizations that are currently struggling with cash flow.
Industries that revolve around culture are facing problems accessing the assistance they need because their income structure is different than business or other sectors, the prime minister explained.
Still, Trudeau noted that artists have been providing comfort, laughter, and happiness, while athletes have been consistently serving as a source of inspiration and pride.
“They allow us to dream,” he said.
Moving forward, these bodies will have access to financing through Heritage Canada.