At a special meeting on June 28, members of the public had an opportunity to hear about a new Cultural Plan that’s been developed for Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
The Cultural Plan is an extensive document that contains a series of recommendations aimed at furthering cultural development in the Cornwall region. Residents were invited to take part in the planning process through public consultation meetings and an online survey.
The plan was prepared by Sierra Planning and Management. Funding partners included the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture (Creative Community Prosperity Fund), the City of Cornwall, the S, D & G Community Futures Development Corporation and the Eastern Ontario Training Board.
“The Cornwall region has a diverse mix of heritage and culture amenities, and it presents a tremendous opportunity for the future,” said Jonathan Hack, Director of Sierra Planning and Management.
The Plan recommends the following:
- Support the development of an independent Regional Arts Council.
- Develop policies describing the role of local municipalities in cultural development.
- Develop the cultural tourism sector and support the development of new tourism experiences that showcase and celebrate culture.
- Develop an arts and culture facility.
- Maintain an online Cultural Asset Inventory.
As part of the project, the consultants undertook a cultural mapping exercise that saw the collection of information on over 500 cultural assets in the region. The report recommends that this information be further developed and made available to visitors.
The report can be found in its entirety at www.sdgculture.ca.