Guiding Principles for Ontario's Culture Strategy
Ontario's first culture strategy will identify priorities and set out a vision for culture in Ontario that reflects what is important to all Ontarians. The strategy will be guided by the following principles:
Culture exposes us to new ideas, inspires new ways of thinking and fosters creativity and innovation. Support for culture should help enrich our lives, animate our communities and build a dynamic business environment in Ontario.
Quality of life and economic development
Culture contributes significantly to both quality of life and economic development in Ontario. Support for culture should maximize both the social and economic benefits of culture for individuals and communities.
Diversity and inclusiveness
Ontario's rich diversity is one of our province's greatest strengths. People in all parts of Ontario, and from all of our communities, broadly defined, should have the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from cultural experiences according to their individual interests and abilities.
Respect for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples
First Nations, Métis, and Inuit culture and heritage represent distinct identities, languages, histories, and ways of life. Ontario is committed to strengthening and transforming its relationship with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples and to implementing changes that reflect First Nations, Métis and Inuit priorities.
Public value and accountability
Government investment in culture will be guided by what Ontarians value and what makes a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, its agencies and the organizations it funds are accountable for achieving the best possible outcomes within available resources.