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Ontario Investing In Arts Education

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Ontario Investing In Arts Education

Ministry of Education

Building on the government's commitment to provide students with a well-balanced education, the Ministry of Education provided $35 million this school year to the Program Enhancement Grant. This grant provides support for music, arts, physical and outdoor education programs and will increase to $45 million in 2008-09. In addition, the ministry provided grants this year of:

  • $240,000 to Learning Through the Arts to provide teachers with ways to use arts to deliver curriculum in an engaging and imaginative way.
  • $250,000 to Reel Canada to bring Canadian films to Canadian classrooms.
  • $100,000 to Arts for Children of Toronto to engage youth in arts programs that develop artistic and personal skills.

The Ministry of Culture has also supported arts education through a range of investments. This includes:

  • $5 million over five years starting in 2005 to Learning Through The Arts to train elementary publicly funded school teachers and community artists on how to increase participation while teaching.
  • More than $20 million from 2004-2008 through the Ontario Trillium Foundation to support 309 arts education projects across the province.
  • More than $7 million from 2004-2008 through the Ontario Arts Council to support arts education projects.
  • $4 million from 2006-2008 through the Arts Education Partnership Initiative, launched in 2006. The partnership matched funds raised by arts and community organizations from private donors to support new or enhanced arts education projects.



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