Main Estimates 2011-2012: An explanation of the $16.6M decline in funding for CBC/Radio-Canada

March 9, 2011

In The Government Expenditure Plan And The Main Estimates tabled in Parliament on March 1, 2011, funding for CBC/Radio-Canada shows a decline of $16.6 million, or 1.5%, from 2010-2011 to 2011-2012.

The decline has been characterized by some as a “cut” to CBC/Radio-Canada’s budget.

In fact, our funding remains relatively stable at $1.1 billion.

The $16.6 million decline consists of CBC/Radio-Canada’s contribution to two previously announced federal spending reduction initiatives, applicable to all Government departments, agencies and crown corporations:

  1. Salary inflation funding freeze
    • Funding identified in the 2010-2011 Main Estimates included $13.7 million for salary inflation. That funding was later frozen for all government departments, agencies and crown corporations in the 2010 Federal budget. In CBC/Radio-Canada’s case, the $13.7 million was adjusted by way of a reduction to the $60 million that was approved through the Supplementary Estimates tabled several months after the March budget (the $60 million has been received on a one-time basis since 2001-2002).
  2. Procurement Reform Initiative
    • A further $2.8 million reduction in 2011-2012 represents the final instalment of incremental cuts related to the Procurement Reform Initiative announced in the 2007 Federal Budget (the total reduction amounts to $14.68 million/year).

As for the $60 million that the Corporation has been receiving on a one-time basis since 2001-2002 and which is vital to the Corporation’s Canadian programming initiatives, we hope to hear shortly about its status for 2011-12.

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