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Shoshana Wasser

Associate Director of Public Affairs and Communications
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Province Undertakes First-Ever Strategy on Arts and Culture in Ontario

October 1, 2015

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

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

Date1 Date 2
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
Monday, November 23, 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. A Culture Strategy Advisory Group will provide expertise and diverse perspectives on the role of culture in Ontario and the development of the culture strategy.


Ontario currently supports four culture sectors: arts, cultural industries, cultural heritage(including community museums, heritage buildings, cultural heritage landscapes and archaeology) and public libraries. Over the years, demographic and technological changes have had a profound impact on the culture sector. Supporting arts and culture in the province is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario.