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Province Proclaims Ontario Culture Days 2016

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Province Proclaims Ontario Culture Days 2016

Celebrating Cultural Diversity Across Ontario

Ontario is officially proclaiming September 30 to October 2, 2016 as Ontario Culture Days, to recognize and celebrate cultural diversity across the province. 

This annual province wide arts and culture celebration offers free, interactive cultural activities in every corner of the province. Ontario Culture Days celebrates Ontario's diverse stories, including Indigenous peoples' distinct identities, histories and cultures.

Nearly 200 communities take part, offering over 2,000 activities to get residents and visitors engaged in and excited about culture in Ontario.

Supporting arts and culture is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement. 

Quick Facts

  • Ontario Culture Days began in 2009 as a volunteer initiative to increase awareness, accessibility and engagement of Canadians in the cultural lives of their communities.
  • The culture sector adds more than $25 billion to Ontario’s economy each year and generates about 280,000 jobs.
  • In July 2016, the province launched its first Culture Strategy, promoting participation in arts and culture, building on the sector's economic impact and helping Ontarians tell their stories and express themselves.

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“Ontario Culture Days is an important initiative that celebrates diverse cultural events taking place in every corner of Ontario. The events highlight the importance of our local museums and galleries, while shining a bright light on Ontario’s diverse artist community. The government is delighted to proclaim Culture Days 2016 and officially recognize the vital role it plays in the cultural life of our province.”

Eleanor McMahon

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“We’re thrilled to have the Ontario government officially proclaim Culture Days in Ontario. Alongside more than 20 flag raisings, proclamations, declarations and launch events at the community level, this provincial proclamation recognizes the significance of Culture Days as a celebration of all the creativity Ontario has to offer!”

Warren Garrett

Chair, Ontario Culture Days

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