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The City of Waterloo is rich in cultural opportunities, from dance and music, to art and theatre, crafts, sports, gardening and much more!

In 2013Waterloo council voted unanimously to approve the City of Waterloo's 10 year culture plan. Download the full culture plan for more information.

Council's decision is the culmination of a two year project focused on broad public consultation. Project staff heard from more than 700 community members about the important role of culture in Waterloo today and in the future. The culture plan depicts the community's vision for culture - a vision that proposes to make Waterloo an even more vibrant and creative city in which to live, work, learn and play.

Containing 37 recommendations to achieve six goals, the culture plan explores the city's role in local cultural development. These goals are:

1. Uncover and build community capacity for creativity, expression and cultural engagement;

2. Strengthen the community's cultural heritage identity by uniting Waterloo's past with its present and future through management and education;

3. Enliven streets, neighbourhoods, public and green spaces;

4. Enhance engagement of community diversity to build a stronger, shared sense of belonging;

5. Expand community awareness and appreciation of culture; and

6. Foster collaborations in the culture sector.

More information

Download the project overview about the stages of culture planning in Waterloo.

Learn more about the culture plan implementation work that is underway.

Some funding for the culture plan project was received through a grant from the Government of Ontario's Creative Communities Prosperity Fund.

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Funding provided by the Government of Ontario