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May 18, 2012
Public consultations on cultural spaces in Toronto
From May 22 through June 27, an initial series of 10 public consultations in Toronto will help to identify affordable and sustainable cultural spaces for not-for-profit and community groups.

Funded by a grant from the Province of Ontario, these consultations will address one of the recommendations of the Creative Capital Gains Report, endorsed by Toronto City Council in 2011.

The goal of the consultations is to give councillors a ward-specific priority list for cultural infrastructure as defined by their constituents and community cultural stakeholders.

"There is a need to develop and enhance the city's neighbourhood cultural spaces to ensure that all Torontonians can access and create arts and culture," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee. "These consultations will provide councillors, and those investing in cultural infrastructure, with invaluable insight about the needs and preferences of each community."

This year, consultation sessions will be held in 20 wards. Consultation will be undertaken in the remaining 24 wards beginning in 2013.

An online survey will be available as of May 28 for those who cannot attend the consultations. The survey, along with a complete list of current consultation locations and additional consultation information, can be accessed at

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