The City of Waterloo is rich in cultural opportunities, from dance and music, to art and theatre, or crafts and gardening.
City staff are making culture planning a priority with a focus on supporting cultural development in this community. The goal is to make Waterloo more vibrant and an even better place to live, work and play.
Download an information sheet for more details about the importance of culture planning in Waterloo.
We are working on a culture plan that will guide how we can support local cultural development during the next 10 years. The plan will look at how to make culture a priority in city planning, decision-making and service delivery. Download a list of culture planning resources for more information.
Development of the culture plan is a five step process:
Step 1 - Background research – January 2012 to August 2012
Staff have reviewed how the city currently supports culture and looked at what other communities are doing to create a more vibrant community. Download a copy of the planning context report, current context report or SWOT report for more information.
Step 2 - Public consultation – September 2012 to December 2012
A series of public consultation sessions were held throughout the fall of 2012. The public consultation process started at Fair in the Square and culminated at the Culture Plan Summit. Download a full list of public consultation for more information. Download the summit report for more information. A copy of the community art project and a scavenger hunt are available.
Step 3 - Developing a draft culture plan – anticipated January 2013 to June 2013
Staff and community members are reviewing and analyzing the information collected during public consultation. This analysis will help shape draft recommendations for what the city can do to help support the community's vision for culture. A presentation of what was heard from consultation was made to council download a copy of the presentation slides for more information.
The draft culture plan will be presented to council in advance of a final round of public consultation.
Step 4 - Public review of the culture plan – anticipated fall 2013
Another round of public consultation will happen once the draft culture plan has been completed. The community will have the opportunity to comment on the vision, goals and recommendations in the plan. Revisions to the culture plan will be made based on public input and a final version will be presented to council for approval.
Step 5 – Implementation – anticipated fall 2013 to winter 2014
The culture plan will outline priorities and activities to be implemented over the 10 years that will contribute to making Waterloo a more culturally vibrant community.
We are receiving some funding for the culture plan project through a grant from the Government of Ontario's Creative Communities Prosperity Fund.
Funding provided by the Government of Ontario