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Sector News - March 2018

Sector News - March 2018

12 March 2018  

Round The Block Public Round Tables

Groundstory is a cross-sectoral effort to identify and address the effects of gentrification on the arts in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and across Canada through a deep commitment to shared learning online.  

Facilitated by ArtsPond with generous funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation, upcoming activities include Round the Block public roundtables in Toronto (May 3) and Hamilton (May 7). At these free events, vulnerable arts and culture workers impacted by the lack or loss of affordable and accessible spaces and housing are invited to share their perspectives in an open community dialogue.  Learn More

Ontarians for the Arts

Ontarians for the Arts is an inclusive non-partisan movement intent on promoting the benefits of the arts in every city, community and reserve.

A discussion paper was developed in consultation with leaders from across Ontario to encourage dialogue on a range of relevant issues with various stakeholders in the arts and culture sector, including everyday Ontarians and politicians of every stripe. The final version was released in February.

Arts Days Across Ontario: In the lead-up to the provincial election on June 7, Ontarians for the Arts will engage with as many MPPs and Candidates as possible, in as many ridings as possible. Click here to learn more. 

Monitoring and Evaluation in Art for Social Change

This toolkit is for anyone interested in evaluating a community-based health promotion or social equity initiative, whether you are a member of a community organization, an artist, a community organizer, an advocate, an activist, a health promotion practitioner, a community development planner, a funder, or a researcher. Click here to learn more.

OAAG at the Ontario Pre-Budget Consultation

OAAG attended the Ontario Pre-Budget Consultation at the Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives with Ontario's Minister of Finance Charles Sousa and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Amrit Mangat.

OAAG also submitted written budget recommendations addressing three common financial concerns that members shared with them. OAAG asked the Provincial Government to:

  • Reaffirm the intrinsic value of the arts by adequately funding key agencies such as Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation;
  • Develop a long-term infrastructure strategy that invests in cultural facilities; and

Financially support the effort to make the arts accessible to all people across Ontario. Learn More

New Tax Sub-Class For Creative Co-Location Facilities

On February 12, Toronto City Council approved the creation of a new property tax sub-class for "creative co-location facilities" which will mean that eligible art and cultural hubs will have their property taxes reduced by 50%. The change will not only impact Torontonians but has the potential to set a precedent for other cities across Ontario and the country. Learn More 

Federal Budget 2018 Summary

The federal budget Equality+Growth: A Strong Middle Class was released on February 27. In regards to the cultural sector, investment will target promoting official bilingualism in cultural, artistic, and heritage activities. This includes:

  • $400 million in new funding over five years in support of the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023.
  • $35 million in operational funding for he Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg over the next six years.

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Ontario Boosting Tourism through Festivals and Events​

Ontario is investing in a record number of festivals and events to boost the growing tourism sector, create jobs and offer residents and tourists more reasons to discover and explore the province.  ​ Learn More



The York Region Arts Council is a non-profit, charitable umbrella organization that serves to advance, promote, represent and connect the arts community across the region.


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York Region Arts Council, YRAC

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd., Unit 200
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 7B3

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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