Help Develop Ontario's First Culture Strategy

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has launched a province-wide consultation to develop the first Culture Strategy for Ontario.

Ontario is seeking input from across the province to develop its first culture strategy, which will set out a vision for arts and culture in Ontario to build healthier, more vibrant and prosperous communities. 

Culture in Ontario can include everything from our heritage, traditions, and identity, to creative arts including music and film, to public spaces including libraries, museums and historical sites. Culture is also continuously evolving. Changing demographics, the economy and the influence of digital technology are having a profound impact on culture in Ontario. The new culture strategy will help ensure that support for culture reflects these changes, while giving Ontarians a chance to tell their stories and share what arts and culture mean to them.

From October through December, people in Ontario can participate in the consultation in various ways:

  • At town hall sessions in 11 communities (listed below) from October 13 to December 3, 2015
  • By sharing ideas via the Culture Talks website or on Twitter using #ONCulture. 
  • By responding to a discussion paper by December 7, 2015 (further details on how to submit comments on the discussion paper are posted on the government’s online Environmental Registry)

Consultations, which will include conversations with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, will run until December 7, 2015.

Cultural Strategy Town Hall Schedule – Venues and Times TBC

Cultural Strategy Town Hall Schedule Online

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 – Barrie 
Thursday, October 15, 2015 – Hamilton     
Thursday, October 22, 2015 – Thunder Bay
Thursday, October 29, 2015 – Sudbury
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – Ottawa 
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 – Markham

Thursday, November 12, 2015 – Toronto
Thursday, November 19, 2015 – London
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 – Kingston
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 – Mississauga
Thursday, December 3, 2015 – Windsor

The culture strategy developed through this process will set the government’s priorities and provide the plan to support the culture sector over the next five years.

The government has also brought together a Culture Strategy Advisory Group, which will provide expertise and diverse perspectives on the role of culture in Ontario and the development of the culture strategy.

Supporting arts and culture in the province is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.