Culture contributes significantly to quality of life. It has been linked to improved health, skills development and learning, and social inclusion. At the community level, culture has been shown to have significant economic benefits, attract tourism, and enhance sense of place.
In order to build on the social and economic benefits of culture, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) is developing the first ever culture strategy for the province. The strategy will set the government’s priorities and actions to support the culture sector over the next five years. To help inform the development of the culture strategy, MTCS is engaging the public, stakeholders and communities across Ontario.
This discussion paper provides background on the culture sector and outlines key principles of government support, to help begin this dialogue. The paper also describes three factors having a profound impact on the culture sector in Ontario: demographic changes, digital transformation, and the fiscal environment.
Through the discussion paper we are seeking your feedback on:
• The value of culture;
• The ways that people are participating in culture;
• Ways to inspire more youth to participate in Ontario’s culture;
• How government can best meet the needs of the culture sector, and what could be improved in order to strengthen and grow the sector.
The purpose of this discussion paper is to invite comments through a series of questions. Your answers will help to inform the development of a culture strategy for the province to be released in 2016.
This proposal was posted for a 75 day public review and comment period starting September 24, 2015. Comments were to be received by December 08, 2015.
All comments received during the comment period are being considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry.
Please Note: All comments and submissions received have become part of the public record.
If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments, please do so by December 7, 2015 online, or to the individual listed under “Contact”.
MTCS will also engage the public online through the Culture Talks consultation tool, through social media by using the hashtag #ONculture as well as through town hall meetings across the province. For specific information on town hall locations and dates, please visit: www.ontario.ca/culturetalks.