In March 2010 Regional Council approved the Niagara Culture Plan. The plan works to enhance and coordinate many existing cultural assets and activities in a shared vision and action-plan for culture in Niagara.
The plan identifed four major areas of focus:
The plan outlines strategic actions and directions that will guide the Region as it works to advance cultural assets throughout Niagara.
Niagara Culture Plan - Economy, Places, People, Identity.
Appendix 1 - Cultural mapping summary report.
Appendix 2 - Planning context reports.
Appendix 3 - Ideas for implementation.
Appendix 4 - Glossary of terms.
This program invests in Niagara municipalities and non-profit cultural organizations to help deliver innovative Niagara-based projects.
An economic impact study was done in 2013 to better understand the cultural sector. The study involved an online survey, workshops, community engagement sessions and background research.
For the purposes of this assessment, the culture sector includes: people, places, history, expression and play. Project participants came from all 12 local municipalities and represented a full range of organizations and individuals in the sector.
The Niagara region was designated a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2012, an honour awarded by the Department of Canadian Heritage based on a community’s achievements and ongoing commitment to culture and the program of cultural celebration it proposes.