Creative Economy

Growing BC's creative economy

The cultural sector is an important part of British Columbia’s economy. The B.C. government and its independent creative agencies continue to invest in B.C.’s creative economy by supporting arts and culture, film, television, music, publishing, and the interactive and digital media industries.

Working closely with the sector, we are promoting the value of creativity, encouraging cooperation, and driving innovation, productivity and entrepreneurship. Growing B.C.’s creative economy is attracting new investment and creating new jobs for British Columbians.

Learn more about the Creative Economy Strategy launched in February 2016.

Here’s how we are achieving success:

  • $60 million in provincial funding for artists and arts and culture organizations in 2017-18.
  • $1.5 million over three years for collaborative arts spaces, promoting artistic creation and audience accessibility by increasing shared resources.
  • Providing $250,000 per year for three years to raise the international presence of B.C. artists.
  • $300,000 over two years in artsVest B.C., a matching incentive program designed to spark new business sponsorship.
  • $15 million for the BC Music Fund.
  • Competitive tax credits for film, television and interactive digital media.
  • About $720,000 in funding and $3.2 million in tax credits for B.C.’s book publishing industry
  • $1.75 million in provincial funding for scholarships and job experience in the cultural sector.
  • Ongoing support for the province’s world-class digital media industry, generating $3 billion annually.

Read about what Government's been doing to support our Creative Economy in this Six-Month Update.