The Quebec government announced Saturday that it is providing $ 1.5 million in funding to the Just for Laughs Festival, confirming what a minister said last March.
Most of the $ 1 million in financial support for the event will come from the Department of Tourism, through the Festivals and Tourism Events Funding Program.
The Metropolitan Secretariat of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy will contribute the rest, a sum of $ 500,000 from the Greater Montreal Initiative and Outreach Fund.
In the press release announcing this financial assistance, it is also mentioned that “the Cultural Enterprise Development Corporation, a Crown corporation under the Ministry of Culture and Communications, is also an important partner of this event and has been supporting it since many years “, but no amount of financial assistance is specified in this chapter. The Cultural Enterprise Development Corporation, perhaps better known by its acronym SODEC, had helped the Just for Laughs Festival to the tune of $ 300,000 in 2017.
Last March, Minister of Tourism Julie Boulet confirmed that the new owners of Just for Laughs, the American group ICM Partners – which subsequently joined Bell Media and Groupe CH – would be entitled to the Ministry of Tourism because the event meets the conditions set by the Government of Quebec.
The federal government, through Canadian Heritage – Melanie Joly’s department – also confirmed (last May) that it would continue to subsidize $ 1 million a year just for laughter despite allegations of aggression forced the resignation of its founder Gilbert Rozon last year.