6.1 Short overview
Since a mid-decade reduction in spending during the 1990s by governments at all three levels, cultural spending levels in Canada have slowly worked their way back to their previous zenith of 1993-1994. Total cultural spending by all governments in Canada excluding inter-governmental transfers surpassed the 1993-94 levels for the first time in 2001-02. Using current CAD, cultural spending by all levels of government (including inter-governmental transfers) in 2005-06 was 15% higher than the level reached in 2003-04 (see chapter 6.2.2 Table 5). Federal spending in culture remains highest in both absolute and per capita terms although provincial and particularly municipal spending has increased somewhat relative to federal spending. Table 8 indicates that forecasted federal spending in culture will decline in absolute terms in both 2009-10 and 2010-11.