Department of Canadian Heritage of Canada

05/21/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/21/2019 17:28

Canada Reaffirms Its Commitment to the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

OTTAWA, May 21, 2019

Canada places great importance on the diversity of cultural content available to Canadians. The government's efforts to promote a wide range of content and viewpoints across multiple platforms reflect our respect for cultural diversity and its enriching impact on individuals, society and economic prosperity.

Today, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, underscored that commitment by allocating $375,000 over five years to the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (CDEC), and $375,000 over five years to UNESCO's International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). This financial commitment, delivered in partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, is a concrete gesture that reiterates the government's desire to support cultural diversity, a driving force for economic growth and development.

The CDEC brings together 30 Canadian cultural associations that represent artists, creators and businesses in the fields of literature, audiovisual production, music, visual arts and performing arts.

The CDEC is very active, having played an important role in the development of the UNESCO Convention adopted in 2005. Among other things, it closely follows trade negotiations; organizes symposia; carries out studies on topical subjects, such as the discoverability of local content in the digital space; and participates as a civil partnership in the meetings and work of the Convention.

Besides helping the CDEC carry out these activities and define its future priorities, the funding will allow the organization to continue to host the secretariat of the International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity (IFCCD) and to maintain the activities of the Federation in Montréal.

The IFCCD's mandate, which is to defend the right of states to apply policies in support of cultural diversity in a global context, is consistent with the Government of Canada's vision for an international strategy to promote cultural diversity in a digital world and to advance the objectives of the UNESCO Convention.

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity helps facilitate the adoption of cultural policies that protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions. It is also a way to support the implementation of the Convention by encouraging the emergence of a vibrant cultural sector in developing countries.

The Government of Canada is pleased with the work accomplished with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, which ensures-through consultation, research and collaboration-that the promotion of UNESCO's values and priorities flourishes in Canada, while allowing Canada's voice to be heard on a global scale.