Massey Report - 1951

Policy/Act Date: 
January 1, 1951

The Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences 1949-1951, commonly referred to as the Massey Commission, was appointed in 1949 to examine the state of culture in Canada. The Massey Report, issued in 1951, focused little on film development in Canada, except to recommend that the mandate of the National Film Board be expanded (Chapter XIX). The Report was instrumental, however, in the creation of a National Library (1953) and expanded archival services to preserve Canadian historical and cultural public records; the Canada Council for the Arts (1957), a national funding body established to support and promote the arts and culture; the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (1968); and the introduction of federal funding for higher education.