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Play your part in the next stage – Comment on the Ministry's draft Culture Strategy for Ontario by May 13, 2016

Toronto, April 27, 2016 – Last fall, Ontario’s arts community came out in force to participate in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS)'s consultation to develop a Culture Strategy for Ontario. Now is your chance to review the draft Culture Strategy and provide further input. This document will influence the province’s vision for arts and culture, define priorities and guide government support for the sector in the years ahead.

You can participate in the next stage of consultation and provide feedback on the core elements of the draft Culture Strategy until Friday, May 13, 2016.

Core elements in the draft Culture Strategy:

  • Vision statement
  • Guiding principles for arts and culture in Ontario
  • Goals and strategies
  • Actions and expected results

How to comment on the draft Culture Strategy

Below are questions to help gather your feedback on the core elements of the draft Culture Strategy. Feel free to answer any or all of the questions or share your general feedback.
As outlined in the draft Culture Strategy:

  1. Do the vision for culture in Ontario and principles to guide government support for culture reflect what is important to you? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think that the three overarching goals will help to grow and strengthen the culture sector in Ontario? Why or why not?
  3. Do you have any feedback on the proposed initiatives outlined in the document?

You can provide feedback in the following ways:
Fax: 416-212-1802
Mail: 401 Bay Street, Suite 1800, Toronto, Ontario, M7A 0A7

Click here if you require alternative formats of the document or assistance in providing feedback on the draft strategy.

We understand that the final Ontario Culture Strategy will contain additional context on the importance of arts and culture, and more detail on Ontario’s vibrant culture sector.


From September to December 2015, the Ontario government, through MTCS, consulted with people across the province about the value of culture in their lives and communities.

MTCS engaged Ontarians in the following ways:

Culture Strategy community
consultation November 4, 2015,
in Ottawa.
  • in-person at 11 local town halls, during conversations with more than 20 community groups, and at 12 meetings with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and organizations
  • online through Culture Talks, an interactive forum to discuss and vote on ideas
  • by inviting written responses to the Culture Strategy discussion paper

More than 2,800 people participated in the consultation:

  • approximately 2,000 attended in-person sessions
  • more than 200 online submissions were received and more than 30,000 votes were cast
  • approximately 600 discussion paper responses were received

Click here to read the Ministry’s Environmental Scan of the culture sector.

Click here to read the summary of consultations.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport will post the final Ontario Culture Strategy in June. The Ontario Arts Council is happy to pass on news about this important Government of Ontario initiative.

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