Saint John arts community challenges lack of funding
Largest city receives just 9% of province's arts funding
The Saint John arts community is questioning why their city receives significantly less arts funding than other cities in New Brunswick.
Saint John is the largest city in the province, but receives only nine per cent of all arts funding, compared to Moncton's 50 per cent and Fredericton's 10 per cent.
The provincial government is reviewing its 10-year-old cultural policy.
Arts advocates had the chance to talk about the imbalance at a public consultation meeting earlier this week.
Bernard Cormier, Saint John's cultural affairs officer, said it is time the city received its fair share.
"Saint John is the economic engine of the province. We have the largest privately-owned refinery in Canada. We have Canaport, the port, tourism, the cruise-ship industry, high tech, you name it," he said.
"All that revenue that's generated goes into the provincial coffers. All we're asking for is a fair and equitable distribution of the funding."
Cormier said more funding could also help spark the city’s economic growth.