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May 2, 2011
Culture action plan to be presented to Toronto's Economic Development Committee
Following two months of intensive public consultations, the findings and recommendations of the Creative Capital Initiative will be presented to the Economic Development Committee at its May 4 session by initiative co-chairs Robert Foster (CEO, Capital Canada), Karen Kain (Artistic Director, National Ballet of Canada), and former federal Cabinet Minister Jim Prentice (Vice-Chairman, CIBC) for discussion and consideration.

Date: Wednesday, May 4
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Committee Room 1, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

The initiative's report, entitled "Creative Capital Gains: An Action Plan for Toronto," can now be accessed by visiting

Initiated by Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee, the Creative Capital Initiative engaged the arts, culture and business communities to provide expert advice and recommendations to update the City's 2003 Culture Plan for the current term of Council. The initiative considered new ideas and reassessed long-standing principles in order to enhance Toronto's role as a regional, national and international culture centre while amplifying the sector's economic and social contributions.

The Creative Capital Initiative hosted 13 consultation sessions with more than 500 participants in Etobicoke, downtown Toronto, North York and Scarborough. More information about some of those sessions is available at

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