Arts & Culture Master Plan

What is this Project About?

The City of Port Colborne is rich in heritage and culture. The City’s forthcoming Arts & Culture Master Plan will profile the community’s rich cultural resources and identify better ways to coordinate, align and promote these resources to both residents and visitors. The project will also broaden the recognition of Port Colborne as a creative and vibrant municipality where the growth of the cultural sector is fostered as a vital component of the community’s social and economic well-being.

To support the development of the Arts & Culture Master Plan a community engagement process is being used to seek ideas and input from residents across the city.

The final Arts & Culture Master Plan will include an overarching vision and guiding principles, a definition of the City’s role and partnership opportunities, strategic actions and initiatives, and a detailed implementation plan designed to assist in monitoring progress and deliverables.

The Arts & Culture Master Plan is being undertaken with funding support from Ontario Trullium Foundation, Friends of Roselawn Centre (FORC) and City of Port Colborne.

What is Municipal Cultural Planning?

Municipal Cultural Planning is a priority for the Government of Ontario. In 2011, Municipal Cultural Planning Inc. with support from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport produced Municipal Cultural Planning: A Toolkit for Ontario Municipalities. The Toolkit defines Municipal Cultural Planning as:

“A municipal government-led process approved by Council, for identifying and leveraging a community’s cultural resources, strengthening the management of those cultural resources, and integrating those cultural resources across all facets of municipal government planning and decision making.”

Municipal Cultural Planning is part of an integrated, place-based approach to planning and development that takes into account four pillars of sustainability: economic prosperity, social equity, environmental responsibility and cultural vitality.

In this video, Greg Baeker discusses the importance of municipal cultural planning as an essential tool for Ontario municipalities in rediscovering the wealth of place


 Culture Led Economic Development

Creativity, culture and quality of place have become major drivers in growing local economies. One reason for the increased focus on culture-led economic development is a basic shift in assumptions about what drives local economies. A traditional economic growth model in which the attraction of large-scale business investment attracts jobs and people is being turned on its head. Instead, we understand that if we build communities with strong quality of place where people want to live and work, business and investment follow people, not the other way around. Places with strong community amenities and a range of cultural assets and entertainment options attract people, which in turn attract business investment. A second factor driving increased attention to culture is rapid growth in the creative cultural industries, one of the fastest growing sectors in the emerging creative economy.

With these conclusions comes the need for new strategies to cultivate cultural resources to drive economic and business development.

In this video, Gord Hume discusses the importance of municipal cultural planning as an essential tool for Ontario municipalities in reinventing and regenerating local economies.

Contact Details

If you wish to learn more about the Arts & Culture Master Plan please view the definitions tab under Arts & Culture Master Plan, or if you have questions or comments, please call or email

Harry S. Hakim
Manager of Community Services
City of Port Colborne
T:905-835-2900 ext. 531 or 532