A Strategic Plan for the Ontario Arts Council 2022–2027
Members of the Reign Yash Dance Academy perform during monstrARTity’s #BollywoodMonster Mashup in Mississauga’s Celebration Square. (Photo: Captive Camera)
Right across Ontario, from large urban centres to close-knit rural communities, the arts exemplify the qualities that give this province its richness and diversity. They enable us to express ourselves and forge connections, exchange ideas and access opportunities to learn, gather, celebrate and be challenged. Prior to the pandemic, 86 per cent of Ontarians indicated that they were attending live arts events or performances annually.1
Prior to the pandemic, we saw steady growth in the number of artists and arts professionals paid fees or salaries through OAC-funded activities (from 57,001 in 2014–15 to 69,201 in 2018–19, a 21 per cent increase) as well as encouraging growth in public participation in the arts. The number of public events and activities produced by OAC-funded artists and arts organizations in their home communities grew 16 per cent, from 37,037 in 2014–15 to 43,104 in 2018–19, while total audience rose 25 per cent, from 17.1 million in 2014–15 to 21.4 million in 2018–19.3
Elder Richard Meilleur engages with children from one of Collège Boréal’s early childhood centres in Sudbury. (Photo: Ariane Clément)
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Ontario is Canada’s most populous and culturally diverse province. Guided by this plan, OAC will ensure that equity is embedded at the heart of everything we do: our policies, programs, operations and practices.
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The strategic planning initiative began in January 2021, with the design of the stakeholder engagement process. The OAC’s approach to engagement has been collaborative and iterative, aiming to place stakeholders at the centre of the process. The main components included external consultations with key stakeholders and internal consultations with staff and board members.
Guest artist Shakura S’Aida rehearses with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. (Photo courtesy of Windsor Symphony Orchestra)
Ontario is Canada’s most populous and culturally diverse province, with 14.2 million residents.4 Ontario has more than 250 ethno-cultural communities and half of Canada’s newcomers live in this province.