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Queen's Park increases funding for Ontario Arts Council

Last Updated Aug 30, 2017 at 4:34 pm EDT

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks about Ontario's Fair Housing Plan during a press conference in Toronto on April 20, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Ontario is giving the Ontario Arts Council $50 million in additional funding over the next four years.

The agency that gives grants and services to Ontario-based artists and arts organizations currently gets $60 million a year from the province.

By 2021, that will increase to $80 million.

The government says that will allow the OAC to give increased funding to organizations such as Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary film festival, and the School of Dance in Ottawa.

The OAC has previously funded the Tony-award winning musical “Come From Away” and free shows highlighting Indigenous music by A Tribe Called Red.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says investing in the arts sector is investing in young people, communities and a more inclusive, innovative society.