Cultural planning is a place-based approach to planning and development.
It is a process for identifying and leveraging a community's cultural resources, strengthening the management of those resources, and integrating those resources across all facets of local planning and decision making.
The process takes into account how culture supports four essential pillars of sustainability:
It is led by the group in charge of local planning decisions. This means that the municipality leads municipal cultural planning, while the Indigenous governing authority leads Indigenous cultural planning. Broad community engagement and endorsement is key to its success.
This is a map showing the 69 approved municipal cultural plans in Ontario. The key below indicates whether a plan is for a lower-tier municipality, an upper-tier municipality, a single-tier municipality or for a combination of these. You can access information on each municipality or group of municipalities and the year the plan was approved by clicking on the icons. Click the name of the municipality for a link to the plan, if available.
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Download the Cultural Planning Map data as an .XLSX file.
While no one model is suitable for all cultural planning, the process, in general, has five important and distinct phases. Indigenous cultural planning is still evolving; it may eventually require additional or specific phases.