Combining creativity and the citizen cultural experience in the age of digital technology and diversity:

This is the challenge the city has set for itself in its new cultural development policy, adopted on June 13th, 2017 for a period of five years.

The city has made a commitment to action based on three actions — to unify, stimulate and promote — so that arts and culture can remain at the heart of Montréal’s soul and identity, ensuring a quality living environment for residents by emphasizing:

  • A stimulating living environment nourished by artists, craftspeople, workers, companies and arts/culture organizations and industries.
  • Promoting winning conditions for an environment that is favourable to creation.
  • Flourishing creativity thanks to its strength and excellence, Montréal’s signature, creating wealth and pride.  

This policy, which is a continuation of the city’s first cultural policy 2005-2015, had four principles: 

A cross-cutting approach that builds on the power of culture to powerfully leverage social cohesiveness and economic development under three major projects: 

  • Cultural and creative entrepreneurship with the aim of sustainable creation
  • Digital technology serving the citizen cultural experience
  • Living together, embodied in cultural districts 

Inclusion and fairness, to ensure that all professional artists in Montréal, especially those from culturally diverse backgrounds, can contribute fully to the city's cultural development. 

The High Tech/High Touch principle, which aims to ensure balance between technological innovation and residents’ encounters with culture. 

Sustainable development, which includes cultural development in Agenda 21 principles. 

Diverse areas of action 

A broad and diverse array of areas of action are affected by this policy. They cover the following fields:

  • The Accès Culture network
  • Public art
  • Cultural neighbourhoods
  • Libraries
  • Conseil des arts de Montréal
  • Cultural recreation and amateur arts activities
  • Cultural facilities
  • Cultural and creative companies
  • Cultural mediation
  • Festivals and events
  • The audiovisual industry
  • Design and fashion
  • Museums
  • Material and immaterial heritage
  • Culinary arts
  • Cultural tourism
  • Quartier des spectacles
  • Space for Life
  • Old Montréal and Mount Royal 

The development of the 2017-2022 Cultural Development Policyis the result of a participatory and federating process that began in fall 2015 and a major public consultation in spring 2017.

This consultative approach will continue with the implementation of the policy, which will be the subject of a five-year action plan to be updated each year.   

Photo : Avudo - Jimmy Hamelin





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June, 2017