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Feedback Wanted: Ontario’s New Culture Strategy

The Province of Ontario is developing the first ever culture strategy for the province. This strategy will set a vision for culture in Ontario, identifying principles and priorities to guide the government’s support to culture for the next five years. 

Through the discussion paper (available here) the Province seeks 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 OAA has read through the discussion paper and is disappointed that the word architecture is not even mentioned, only referenced as built heritage and landscape. We believe this view to be rather limiting, failing to recognize our profession as both culture, and a significant generator of Ontario’s culture through the spaces we create.
The OAA is currently preparing a response to the discussion paper, but also wants to encourage our members and affiliates to participate in the public consultation process. Deadline to provide feedback is December 8, 2015.
Members can directly submit their ideas and recommendations through Ontario’s interactive platform, through mail or the online submission system, or by attending a town hall (upcoming dates and locations available below).  
If you participate in this consultation, the OAA would love to hear about what you’ve shared. Please let us know either by cc’ing or sending a message to

Town Hall Dates and Locations

City Date  Venue   Time
London Nov19 Museum London, Lorraine Ivey Shuttleworth Community Gallery   7:00pm - 9:30pm
Toronto Nov23 Toronto Reference Library, Bluma Appel Salon   7:00pm - 9:30pm
Kingston Nov25 Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Malting Tower   7:00pm - 9:30pm
Mississauga Dec1 Mississauga Civic Centre, Great Hall   7:00pm - 9:30pm
Windsor Dec3 Art Gallery of Windsor, Rodzik Gallery   7:00pm - 9:30pm