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March 3, 2008
Toronto City Council endorses plan to build a creative city
Today, Toronto City Council adopted the Creative City Planning Framework, a plan to increase economic competitiveness through adopting a Cultural Planning model and by developing ‘Creative Toronto.’

“The Planning Framework shows how investing in Toronto’s $9 billion cultural economy is an important part of the City’s strategy for achieving economic competitiveness and long-term prosperity,” said Councillor Kyle Rae, Chair of the Economic Development and Culture Committee (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale).

Cultural Planning seeks to leverage the connections between place, culture and the economy. “Creative Toronto” - one of the four pillars outlined in the Agenda for Prosperity: a Prospectus for a Great City, states that Toronto can compete in sectors that add value, increase productivity and grow the economy through research, development and commercialization of ideas.

The Creative City Planning Framework was developed in conjunction with The Agenda for Prosperity and supports its priority actions. City Council adopted the Agenda for Prosperity at its January 2008 meeting. The report will be used to guide major strategic policies impacting Toronto’s economic competitiveness and growth.

“In adopting a cultural planning model, the City of Toronto is showing leadership in its commitment to putting creative and cultural industries at the centre of city building,” said Rita Davies, Executive Director of Toronto Culture.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Rita Davies, Executive Director, Toronto Culture 416-397-5323,



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