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Canada/ 4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

CAD 30 million per year will be invested over the next two years to encourage citizens' involvement in their communities through local arts and heritage activities.

Canada/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.2 Heritage issues and policies

A reorganisation of responsibilities created the new Department of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Canada/ 4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.2.4 Cultural diversity and inclusion policies

Responsibility for multiculturalism was transferred from the Deptartment of Canadian Heritage to the Department of Citizenship and Immigration.

Canada/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.5 Language issues and policies

New support for Official Languages in the sum of 15 million per year over the next two years.

Canada/ 5.1 General legislation

5.1.7 Copyright provisions

Amendments to the Copyright Act are expected in the next year.

Canada/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation

5.3.3 Cultural heritage

The Department of Canadian Heritage's architecture programme introduces seven new activities.

Canada/ 6. Financing of culture

6.1 Short overview

Between 2008 and 2011, the Department of Canadian Heritage's budget will be reduced by 29.4%. Job cuts of 11.9% are also planned.

Canada/ 8.2 Cultural consumption and participation

8.2.1 Trends and figures

Research in Canada and Australia indicates continuing growth in Internet usage in both countries.