NDP MLA Brenda Bailey says strengthened recovery funding will help support local artists and organizations in Vancouver

New Democrat MLA Brenda Bailey says strengthened support from the BC New Democrat government will help local artists and art organizations in Vancouver recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

“The arts and artists play an integral role in strengthening vibrant communities, encouraging creativity and building local economies” said Brenda Bailey, MLA for Vancouver-False Creek. “Our government is committed to continuing to support them as we move along the path of recovery so their work can have an impact and enrich people’s lives for years to come.”

Two hundred and seventy-five artists and organizations in Vancouver will be benefitting from this recovery funding, including:

  • Arts Club Theatre Company
  • Arts Umbrella
  • Ballet BC
  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
  • Cultch
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Vancouver Opera
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

This funding to local artists and organizations comes from more than $12.4 million in one-time funding to the BC Arts Council. The BC Arts Council will distribute $7.9 million in resilience supplements to over 300 organizations currently receiving operating assistance. These grants recognize the impact the pandemic has had on sector organizations. Grants will range from $15,000 to $60,000. Additionally, BC Arts Council will direct $4.5 million to top up the Arts Impact Grant program.  Arts Impact Grants enables applicants to prioritize what activity or activities will provide the greatest and most meaningful impact to their organization, practice and/or community.

This grant program signals a new focus on flexibility, equity, inclusion, and diversity in how the BC Arts Council supports arts and culture organizations. Funding is available to organizations and collectives with an arts and culture mandate and/or offering dedicated arts and culture programming, including non-profit organizations and Indigenous governments and community organizations. 

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To learn more about these grants and see the provincewide list of recipients, visit: news.gov.bc.ca/26517

Meeting with local restaurants


Restaurants play a big role in our neighbourhood—we do have over 4000 in Vancouver-False Creek. These businesses provide jobs to thousands of people and contribute to Vancouver’s economy. The pandemic has been hard on many restaurants, with provincial health orders meaning that restaurants have had to continually adapt and adjust the way they operate.

With the proof of vaccination PHO having come into effect on September 13, restaurants have once again had to acclimatise to a new way of conducting business. As per the health order, people are required to produce proof of vaccination in order to access restaurants and bars (among other businesses and event spaces). As of 27 September, the only accepted form of proof is the BC Vaccine Card, which can be accessed here.

MLA Bailey has been meeting with local restaurant owners and hearing about their concerns. Many business owners have expressed their desire to continue providing quality services while prioritising people’s safety— for both workers and customers alike.
Restaurant owners, as well as other business owners, are encouraged to contact the Vancouver-False Creek Community office with any questions or concerns they may have regarding health orders or mandates that could possibly affect their businesses.

True or False Creek Walking Game

The True or False Creek Walking Game is an interactive learning experience that’s aimed at getting folks walking around the community and learning about what makes False Creek so special.

The game covers the past, present and future of False Creek, with a strong focus on sustainability and how we can all play our part in protecting our community. If you’re looking for a fun and educational way to explore our beautiful community, this game offers a great family-friendly activity right here in our very own backyard.

What’s really remarkable is that it was developed by a local community member, Alexa Bailey, who was only 14 when she came up with the concept. Well done on the wonderful game, Alexa!

Covering 3 kilometres, from False Creek Community Centre to Science world, the game is unlocked by a QR code that can be found here.

To learn more, visit: https://falsecreekcc.ca/true-or-false-creek-walking-game/