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June 27, 2003
Council approves new Culture Plan for Toronto
Toronto City Council today approved a bold new blueprint to position Toronto as
an international cultural capital and define culture's role as an engine of
economic and social development.

The Culture Plan for the Creative City met widespread acclaim when it was
released earlier this month. Supporters of the plan say it will bolster
Toronto's status as a world city and sustain its high quality of life.

"The Toronto Culture Plan gets a standing ovation," said Karen Kain, National
Ballet of Canada spokesperson. "It masterfully choreographs a cultural
renaissance for this city!"

"It's a great plan and it couldn't come at a better time," said Canadian
Filmmaker Atom Egoyan.

The Plan reflects extensive consultations with members of the public and
Toronto's cultural industries. During consultations, Torontonians told city
staff that:
* arts, culture and heritage are central to their perception of a high quality
of life;
* they want their families to enjoy a wide diversity of cultural and artistic
* Toronto's cultural services and institutions should be top-quality; and
* city streets, public spaces and buildings should be vital, interesting and

In response, the Culture Plan proposes 60 recommendations that will allow
Toronto to fulfill its potential as a 'Creative City', or global cultural
capital, including:
* developing University Avenue as an Avenue of the Arts, linking cultural
showpieces along this corridor from the new Opera House to the Royal Ontario
* building a landmark cultural and historical showcase that will tell the story
of Toronto to residents and visitors from around the world;
* turning Toronto into a global cultural magnet by capitalizing on $233 million
in new federal and provincial funding for major cultural projects;
* beautifying Toronto by committing one per cent of the budgets of major public
and private developments for public art;
* providing Torontonians from all walks of life with new opportunities to
participate in community cultural activities; and
* introducing new measures to preserve and promote Torontonians' most beloved
heritage buildings.

At Council's direction, staff will now begin work on an implementation plan for
presentation and discussion in the fall of this year. To view the plan, visit

Media contact:
Rita Davies, Managing Director, Culture Division, 416 397-5323



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