Creative Economy Strategy

In 2014, Premier Christy Clark directed the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to develop a plan to grow the creative economy.

In recognition of the importance of arts and culture in the overall economy and quality of life in B.C., the government recently announced a provincial strategy to help grow this thriving sector.

Launched in February 2016, this three-year Creative Economy Strategy shows government’s commitment to connect in a new way with people who work in the arts and culture sector to help enrich the lives of British Columbians. It recognizes the importance of arts and culture in the overall economy.

The strategy focuses on four key areas:

  • Leveraging talent and creative clusters.
  • Accessing new markets.
  • Maximizing investment.
  • Enriching communities.

The initiatives within the strategy build on the Creative Futures programs, launched in 2013/14, and continue to focus primarily on artists, cultural organizations and B.C. communities.

As a first step in activating the Creative Economy Strategy, the BC government will:

  • Target $1.5 million over three years towards collaborative spaces.
  • Invest a further $300,000 over two years in artsVest British Columbia, a training and incentive program designed to spark new business sponsorship of arts and culture. This funding will be matched federally.

Other key tactics include:

  • Reviewing the Creative Futures funding and programs.
  • Increasing the creative sector’s international presence.
  • Ensuring that arts and culture contribute to destination development in B.C.
  • Supporting artists and cultural workers to be successful in their careers.
  • Demonstrating the value of arts investment.
  • Continuing to invest in major arts and cultural festivals and events.
  • Launching a province-wide consultation process with indigenous artists.

This plan is a framework that will guide the Ministry’s focus over the next three years.

Partnerships have been developed across government with Ministries like Jobs, Tourism, Skills Training, Aboriginal Relations and International Trade to implement the plan.

We look forward to engaging with the arts and culture sector in the coming months on several new initiatives.

The goal is to support artists and cultural workers do what they do best: create new work, inspire audiences, and spur growth.

View news release from the Feb. 4 launch

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