Results-based Plan Briefing Book 2011-12 arrow Agencies, Boards and Commissions (ABCs)

Agencies, Boards and Commissions (ABCs)

Tourism's agencies, boards and commissions are:

Name

Description

Metro Toronto Convention Centre Corporation (MTCC)

Governed by the Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre Corporation Act, MTCC manages a world-class convention facility in Toronto. The Centre has more than 600,000 square feet of exhibit space, meeting rooms, ballroom space and a 1,330-seat theatre to host international and national conventions, trade and consumer shows.

Niagara Parks Commission (NPC)

Established in 1885, governed by the Niagara Parks Act, NPC is mandated to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of Niagara Falls and the Niagara River corridor for the enjoyment of visitors and future generations while maintaining its self-sufficiency.

Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC)

Established by regulation under the Development Corporations Act, OTMPC promotes Ontario as a travel destination in cooperation with the tourism industry, governments and agencies and supports or jointly undertakes marketing initiatives with the tourism industry.

Ontario Place Corporation (OPC)

Governed by the Ontario Place Corporation Act, OPCis mandated to operate Ontario Place as a provincial exhibit and recreational centre, developing special programs to enhance the image of the province.

Ottawa Convention Centre Corporation (OCC)

Governed by the Ottawa Convention Centre Corporation Act, OCC manages a world-class convention facility in Ottawa. Following extensive redevelopment, the Ottawa Convention Centre re-opened in April 2011.  The 200,000 square foot facility will host international and national conventions and consumer and trade shows.  

St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC)

Governed by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission Act, SLPC provides a range of recreational, cultural and heritage and tourism opportunities at its various attractions along a 200 km stretch, between Kingston and the Quebec border. The Commission develops, operates and promotes 12 parks and campgrounds, scenic parkways, marina, golf course, extensive biking and recreation trails, in addition to the award-winning heritage attractions of Upper Canada Village and Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada, a recently-designated UNESCO World Heritage Site (in conjunction with the Rideau Canal). 

Tourism Attractions:

 

Fort William Historical Park (FWHP)

Established by regulation under the Historical Parks Act, FWHP operates a premier tourism attraction in Thunder Bay. FWHP stimulates investment, job creation and economic development in Northern Ontario by developing, managing and promoting a range of historic, cultural and tourism experiences. 

Huronia Historical Parks (HHP)

Established by regulation under the Historical Parks Act, HHP manages two historic tourist attractions – Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland, a National Historic Site, and Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene. Both heritage sites have cultural and archaeological resources that are significant to the people of Ontario and Canada.

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Governed by the Art Gallery of Ontario Act and mandated to cultivate and advance the cause of visual arts in Ontario, AGO is one of the largest art museums in North America with more than 79,000 works in its collection. 

Centennial Centre of Science and Technology (Ontario Science Centre)

Governed by the Centennial Centre of Science and Technology Act, Ontario Science Centre depicts, educates and stimulates interest in science and technology and its relationship to society, and Ontario’s role in advancing science and technology.

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Governed by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Act and based on a 1965 donation by the McMichael family of their Canadian art collection, home and land in Kleinburg, the McMichael is the only major public art gallery devoted to the collecting and exhibiting of Canadian art.

Minister’s Advisory Council for Arts and Culture

Established in 2004 as an advisory agency, the Council advises the Minister of Tourism and Culture on policies and programs that support strong and vibrant communities through the arts, cultural industries, heritage, and library sectors.

Ontario Heritage Trust (OHT)

Governed by the Ontario Heritage Act, OHT is mandated to conserve, protect and preserve Ontario’s heritage, including properties of historical, architectural, archaeological, recreational, aesthetic and scenic interest.

Ontario Library Service – North (OLS-N)

Established by the Public Libraries Act as a special library service board, OLS-N is a non-profit corporation incorporated under the Corporations Act. It ismandated to provide public library boards with services and programs that reflect their needs and to increase cooperation and coordination among public library boards and other information providers to promote the provision of library services.

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)

Governed by regulation under the Development Corporations Act, OMDC stimulates employment, investment and original content creation in Ontario’s cultural media cluster, including book and magazine publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, and music industries.

Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)

Established as a corporation under the Corporations Act, OTF makes strategic investments of government funding generated through Ontario’s charity casinos to build healthy and vibrant communities through the arts, culture, sports and recreation, human and social services and the environment.

Province of Ontario Council for the Arts (Ontario Arts Council) (OAC)

Governed by the Arts Council Act as Ontario’s primary funding body for professional arts activities, OAC provides grants, scholarships and awards for the creation of art to benefit and enrich the lives of Ontarians.

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG)

Governed by the Royal Botanical Gardens Act, 1989, this National Historic Site features 2,700 acres of gardens and nature sanctuaries. RBG is mandated to develop, document, protect, research and exhibit living collections of plants and animals and act as an information and educational resource centre.

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Governed by the Royal Ontario Museum Act, the ROM promotes education, teaching, research and publication and collects and exhibits objects, documents and books to illustrate the natural history of Ontario, Canada and the world, and human history in all the ages. It is one of the largest museums in North America,

Science North

Governed by the Science North Act, this agency features several attractions, including a science centre and model mine. It also conducts public programming throughout Northern Ontario in the origins, development and progress of science and technology and their relationship to society.

Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS)

Established by the Public Libraries Act as a special library service board, the SOLS is a non-profit corporation under the Corporations Act. It is mandated to provide public library boards with services and programs that reflect their needs and to increase cooperation and coordination among public library boards and other information providers to promote the provision of library services.

Summary of ABCs’ Financial Data:

Summary of ABC's Financial Data

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