On February 8, 2012, Ottawa City Council approved a Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa (2013-2018). This new 6-year action plan builds on Ottawa’s strengths, reflects its unique and authentic identity, aims to build pride in Ottawa as a vibrant, cultural city, and sets out a path aimed at leveraging opportunity.
A 13 member Arts and Heritage Plan Renewal Steering Committee, chaired by Dr. Lily Koltun and Jacqueline Pelletier, guided, advised and provided support to the renewal process which brought together First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals and communities, representatives of the Anglophone and Francophone cultural mosaic, diverse citizenry from rural, suburban and urban neighbourhoods, new Canadians and arts, heritage, festival and fair representatives as well as business, political and government leaders.
The plan includes four strategies:
- Celebrate Ottawa’s unique cultural identity and provide access to culture for all
- Preserve and develop cultural and creative places and spaces
- Get the word out about Ottawa’s vibrant local culture and unique identity
- Invest in local culture and build cultural leadership
A recent economic study reported that Ottawa-Gatineau’s cultural industry (non-profit and for-profit) represented approximately 4.1 per cent of GDP, totalling $1.98 billion. In 2010, attendance and participation in local cultural activity totalled 4.1 million, and 21,861 volunteers provided 519,755 volunteer hours (valued at $9.1 million) to the local cultural sector.
Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture [ PDF 1.6 MB ]