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:
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
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.