Ottawa is a vibrant, cultural capital city with a unique identity and a colourful history – a dynamic place in which to live, work, and play. The local arts, heritage, and culture scenes reflect, in both official languages, the vitality of Ottawa’s communities: exceptional homegrown festivals, fairs, and events; emerging and established artists in all disciplines, diverse cultures, historic rural communities and landscapes; and engaging street culture. In 2012, City Council approved the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa, a six-year strategy (2013-2018) that recommended strategic actions and investments to make local cultural organizations more sustainable, thus attracting talent, tourists, and business. “Culture plays a central role in cities, contributing positively to economic indicators, social cohesion measures, environmental initiatives, quality of life, prosperity, happiness, and health.”
The City of Ottawa values the contribution that local not-for-profit cultural organizations, professional artists and heritage workers make to our community; and annually invests in arts, heritage, and culture through its 18 Cultural Funding and Awards Programs. These programs are managed by the Cultural Funding Support Section and use a peer assessment model in the evaluation process, involving professionals who are active within their cultural community. This Council-approved process is a nationally-accepted best practice and is credible to the arts, heritage, and cultural communities.
 A Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa (2013-2018)