Thank you, Madam Chair.
Good morning to all the members of the committee. It is a pleasure to be here today.
I'm very happy to be here with Andrew Francis and, of course, the other people from Canadian Heritage. Andrew Francis will assist me in answering any of your more financial questions. Graham Flack is my deputy minister, whom I guess you already had a chance to meet because of the briefing given to the heritage committee earlier this week.
I am also very pleased to have the opportunity to meet with you for various reasons, not only to answer your questions but also to continue the collaboration between the committee and our office. I think most of you had the opportunity to meet with the Canadian Heritage officials at a briefing session on the various matters handled by the department. I also think a number of you have read the briefing documents that I have made public. I hope that all those initiatives that foster dialogue and transparency are relevant to you and help you in your work as parliamentarians.
I would like to turn to budget 2016 that was tabled on March 22.
Our department will invest a historic amount of $1.9 billion in the arts, culture and cultural infrastructure. This is the largest investment in arts and culture in the last 30 years. We are probably the only country in the world to make such a massive investment in arts and culture.
The amount of $1.9 billion is broken down as follows.
An amount of $1.26 billion is invested in CBC/Radio-Canada, Telefilm Canada, the NFB and the Canada Council for the Arts.
An amount of $105.9 million over five years is invested in our national museums, of which $6.1 million is invested annually.
In terms of cultural infrastructure, there's $156.4 million given to a storage facility that will help the Science and Technology Museum, the National Gallery, as well the Canadian Conservation Institute. The National Arts Centre is given $114.9 million. These are just some of the highlights of the cultural infrastructure commitments made to our national museums or national institutes.
There's also $35 million over a period of two years for cultural exports. As you may have seen in the budget, for those who had the chance to read everything pertaining to Canadian Heritage, we will also launch public consultations to develop a strategy regarding cultural exports. I will, of course, answer any of your questions regarding cultural exports.
In terms of the department's 2016-17 main estimates, the overall amount is $1.29 million. Of that amount, $104.6 million are earmarked for the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Let me remind you that, as announced earlier this year, the four themes of the 150th anniversary of Confederation are diversity and inclusion, youth, the environment and reconciliation with aboriginal peoples.
Several signature projects have been announced. By signature projects, I mean pan-Canadian projects. These are interesting projects. There will also be SESQUI domes in 50 communities across the country. Those geodesic domes represent the latest Canadian technology in terms of immersive experience. There will also be a partnership with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with a view to creating a musical score for the 150th anniversary. Those projects have all been announced. So I will be able to answer any questions you may have about them.
It is also important to note that, for the 150th anniversary, we have launched a project with 191 community foundations across the country, in which we have invested $10 million in partnership with the community foundations. Another amount of $10 million will be raised by various philanthropists, including Jim Balsillie, to create a fund for micro-grants for a number of organizations in the country. Those grants could add up to $15,000.
Furthermore, I would like to tell you about the shift that my team and I have made at Canadian Heritage since our arrival.
We believe that Canadian Heritage has never been so strategic in a government. Why? It's because we were elected as the government on the basis that we ought to generate growth in our economy.
How do we do that? Well, there are different ways and, of course, the budget highlights different measures to grow the economy. When it comes to growing the economy, we have to invest in innovation. How do you invest in innovation? You do it in different ways, but one of these ways is certainly to make sure to invest in arts and culture.
Why? Well, you have to generate innovation. Innovation doesn't just happen with a snap of the fingers. You need to have the right ecosystem in order for different ideas to emerge and become business ideas or research ideas. The flora and the fauna of that innovation ecosystem are the people, all our stakeholders who are in the arts and culture world. This is why for us it was so strategic to invest $1.9 billion over five years.
I would add to this that when you look at the impact of arts and culture and in general of creative industries, you see that they amount to $47.7 billion of our GDP. That's more than agriculture, forestry, and fisheries all together. This is why we see our role as key to the economy and key to generating innovation and generating growth. Ultimately it will better the lives of Canadians.
The other reason we think that Heritage has never been so strategic is that we think there's an important digital shift happening, affecting all the different parts of our portfolio, including media, entertainment—