Creative Communities Prosperity Fund 2012-2013 Recipients

The Creative Communities Prosperity Fund helps municipalities and Aboriginal communities use their cultural resources to generate opportunities for economic growth. This is known as cultural planning. Cultural resources such as public art, performing arts, festivals and events, museums and architecture within a community help to engage residents, draw tourists and attract new businesses. In 2012-13, the Creative Communities Prosperity Fund will provide $2 million to support 47 municipalities and cultural organizations across Ontario.

Aboriginal Communities

Bearskin Lake First Nation - $42,312
Cultural mapping
The Bearskin Lake First Nation will build upon past cultural studies by documenting traditional values through map surveys with elders. Students in Grades 7 and 8 will help to verify data through GPS training and field trips with elders out on the land. Students will also hear stories and see locations that bind their community. Poster maps, a GIS cultural database, videos of elders relating stories and digital photographs will be produced.

Chippewas of the Thames First Nation - $67,200
Community development and cultural mapping
The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation will develop a master archaeological plan in order to determine appropriate land use development within Chippewas of the Thames, and within the treaty and traditional territory. A GIS database will be developed to catalogue the information to run scenarios and develop plans.

Garden River First Nation - $45,920
Cultural prosperity profile
Garden River First Nation will create a comprehensive inventory of its tangible (facilities, organizations, people, festivals) and intangible (community histories, traditions, stories) cultural assets. A database will be created to allow residents and visitors to locate and use the resources.

Kasabonika Lake First Nation - $29,582
Place name mapping: linking land, language, and oral history
Kasabonika Lake First Nation will map local indigenous place names to guide land use planning. The project will generate maps, engage elders and youth, raise community awareness, help guide economic development, and strengthen long-term cultural identity.

Keewaytinook Okimakanak - $51,648
Keewaytinook culture
Keewaytinook Okimakanak will partner with First Nations to conduct baseline cultural mapping activities that strengthen cultural planning and ensure that Elders can pass on traditional teachings to youth. Elder and youth circles will provide cultural sharing times on the land. This information will be stored in a GIS database and shared online and in other formats.

Matawa First Nations Management Inc. - $47,440
Cultural portal
Matawa First Nation Management, a Tribal Council with nine member First Nations in Northern Ontario, will launch a new cultural website to mark its 25th anniversary. The portal will be a meeting place for communities and the Tribal Council and will promote interest in Matawa communities and culture. The portal will also enhance unity between Matawa First Nations, leading to collaboration and more regional opportunities for economic development.

Métis Nation of Ontario - $89,500
Cultural portal
The Métis Nation of Ontario will develop a cultural portal and app to distribute information on Métis history, culture, genealogy and root families in Ontario.

Sandy Lake First Nation - $29,584
Cultural mapping
Sandy Lake First Nation will build upon past cultural studies by documenting traditional values through map surveys with elders. Students in Grades 7 and 8 will help to verify the data through GPS training and field trips with elders out on the land. Students will also hear stories and see locations that bind their community. Poster maps, a GIS cultural database, videos of elders relating stories and digital photographs will be produced.

Serpent River First Nation - $46,400
Cultural mapping
Serpent River First Nation will map community cultural resources, including assets that make Chi Genebebek Ziibibg Anishnabek unique.


Billings - $55,104
Cultural planning
Manitoulin Island will undertake cultural planning to define, inventory, map and assess the region's cultural assets. The aim of the project is to increase collaboration within the cultural community. To achieve collaboration, initiatives will be developed, such as an arts space in the local newspaper and a Manitoulin Arts and Culture Facebook page.

Elizabethtown-Kitley - $22,400
Cultural mapping
The Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley will complete a cultural mapping project to discover, identify, record and analyze local cultural assets. The project will include the development of a GIS map to visualize cultural assets throughout the township.

Elliot Lake - $49,652
Cultural mapping
The City of Elliot Lake will undertake a cultural mapping and community engagement project to identify local cultural assets and create a cultural map. This map will act as a directory for all cultural assets, and will be widely available to residents, local businesses and visitors.

Gananoque - $16,400
No batteries required: community inspiring places and places inspiring communities
The Town of Gananoque will involve the community in opportunities to promote the town's rich cultural heritage as a way to foster greater awareness and understanding of the importance of culture. Through creative, innovative and interactive initiatives, residents will play a critical role in attracting people, businesses, and investment to Gananoque.

Goderich - $85,000
Heritage conservation district planning
The Town of Goderich will complete a Heritage Conservation District Study and Plan for its historic downtown core to update and consolidate the two existing Heritage Conservation District Plans and potentially expand the district into other areas of the downtown.

Gravenhurst - $29,852
Culture plan: phase 2
The Town of Gravenhurst will complete the final step in the municipal cultural planning process. Following the completion of the town's cultural mapping project in February 2013, the development of the culture plan will begin.

Greater Napanee - $44,000
Culture plan
The Town of Greater Napanee will develop a culture plan to leverage local cultural assets and support economic and broader community development. The project will map all cultural assets, identify and record physical resources and explore and record stories and traditions that help define the community’s unique identity.

Greenstone - $42,240
Culture plan
The Municipality of Greenstone will develop a culture plan, including an asset inventory and cultural mapping project. The cultural map will use GIS technology and will be available through the municipality's website. The map will be used to identify and develop cultural projects in the community.

Hastings Highlands - $32,626
Toolkit for developing rural economies
The Municipality of Hastings Highlands and the North Hastings region will research and develop a place-making toolkit designed to strengthen the creative economy by capitalizing on sense of place in rural Ontario. This toolkit will be based on the North Hastings Culture Plan.

Highlands East - $44,302
Culture plan
The Municipality of Highlands East will create a culture plan to guide municipal decision-making. The municipality will catalogue tangible and intangible cultural assets, identify opportunities for collaboration and mutual support, identify needs for cultural facilities, and develop opportunities to leverage cultural assets to attract tourists and contribute to economic development.

Huron County - $48,920
Culture plan
Huron County will develop a new cultural plan, which will aim to increase economic prosperity, integrate culture into the municipal decision-making process and improve access and participation in cultural activities by both residents and visitors.

Innisfil - $29,000
Cookstown heritage conservation district
The Town of Innisfil will create a Heritage Conservation District Study and Plan for the Village of Cookstown.

Midland - $40,000
Culture plan
The Town of Midland will develop a culture plan, which will provide direction for cultural initiatives, along with additional cultural mapping information. Identifying social, economic and tourism benefits of cultural development will be priorities along with highlighting opportunities for partnership and collaboration among existing stakeholders.

Minto - $38,680
Creative community development project
The Town of Minto will research the development of creative business incubators with a specific focus on whether this concept can be successful in rural communities. A Rural Creative Communities Summit will then bring experts and rural communities together to share successes and challenges in initiating and implementing cultural planning in a rural setting. Finally, a promotional strategy will be implemented to highlight the town's creative workers in an effort to attract more creative workers and entrepreneurs to Minto.

Mississauga - $13,696
Meadowvale Village: review of Heritage Conservation District Plan
The City of Mississauga will update the Meadowvale Village Heritage Conservation District Plan, created in 1980, to ensure that it conforms to the current Ontario Heritage Act legislation as well as current cultural heritage conservation principles and practices.

Mississippi Mills - $26,924
Culture plan
The Town of Mississippi Mills will develop a municipal cultural plan, providing strategies to strengthen and enhance the resources identified through the Town's cultural mapping project, completed in 2012.

Newmarket - $18,542
Downtown arts cultural heritage and economic strategic action plan
The Town of Newmarket will develop a community economic development action plan for the arts, cultural and heritage district of downtown Newmarket.

North Dumfries - $31,180
Heritage conservation district project
The Township of North Dumfries will continue to expand its inventory of cultural heritage resources to include the character and special attributes of the Village of Greenfield, a 19th century mill community that is a rarity in Ontario. The Township plans to conserve the area by designating the village as the municipality’s first heritage conservation district. The Township will undertake research and develop a conservation plan and guidelines for the area, which is necessary to support Council’s designation.

Orangeville - $48,666
Cultural planning
The Town of Orangeville will engage community partners and stakeholders to develop the Town's first comprehensive culture plan. The project will include mapping Orangeville's arts and culture assets to develop strategies to strengthen the town's culture resources and activities. The plan will be used as a guide to support the development of cultural policies, programs, partnerships and initiatives.

Oshawa - $50,700
Culture plan
The City of Oshawa will identify and map its cultural resources, and engage the community and cultural stakeholders in the development of the city's first culture plan, enabling the City to further integrate culture into community building, municipal planning and economic development initiatives.

Pembroke - $41,825
Leading Ottawa Valley entrepreneurs to success
The City of Pembroke will build on the recently completed cultural asset inventory of Pembroke and the Ottawa Valley. A creative cultural business attraction and retention strategy will be developed. A creative entrepreneurs' toolkit will also be developed to help start-ups and existing businesses maximize their efforts to build capacity within the culture, heritage and tourism sectors.

Richmond Hill - $25,000
Festivals and events strategy
The Town of Richmond Hill will develop a festival and events strategy to shape the development and delivery of local festivals and events.

Selwyn - $29,942
Cultural mapping
The Township of Selwyn (formerly Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield) will identify and create an inventory of cultural and heritage resources. The resulting database will be sharable and compatible with existing GIS software. It will enable the development of maps and web pages that share cultural and heritage information and may potentially be used to develop a cultural plan to inform future land use policy.

Simcoe County - $45,365
Culture plan
The County of Simcoe will complete a GIS-based cultural mapping exercise and direct the preliminary research for a culture plan for the county, including the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. The culture plan seeks to determine the role the County government, amongst a number of other stakeholders and local governments, should play to support the culture sector.

St. Thomas - $28,525
Culture plan: phase 1
The City of St. Thomas will map the city’s cultural assets, which will lay the foundation for the development of a culture plan. The information will be used as an inclusive planning tool for building community awareness and engaging stakeholders and the community in a dialogue on the value of culture to the quality of life and sense of community in St. Thomas.

Thunder Bay - $40,333
Culture plan: phase 1 implementation
The City of Thunder Bay will implement phase 1 of the Inspire Thunder Bay Culture Plan. The City will form a culture plan implementation team, develop simplementation plans, research and develop an annual cultural report card, and begin first steps towards the creation of a public portal for culture in Thunder Bay.

Timmins - $38,750
Culture plan
The City of Timmins will create a municipal cultural plan to strengthen the local economy by building, enhancing and integrating cultural values in the community. The plan will address not only the arts, but also the values, customs and other aspects of living in Timmins that make the city unique. 

Wellington North - $46,000
Culture plan
The Township of Wellington North will develop a comprehensive municipal cultural plan to support its strategy of creating a creative rural economy. A cultural mapping process and profile of the township's cultural resources will be undertaken. Broad community engagement will occur through cultural forums to assist in building a shared vision for the township.

Windsor - $40,688
Cultural mapping
The City of Windsor will create a cultural map, including natural spaces, cultural corridors, neighbourhood identities, employment statistics for the cultural sectors, partnership opportunities, cultural businesses, public art, educational centres, and historic settlements. All of this information layered into a cultural map will provide a tool to help make business, planning, settlement and entertainment decisions.

Not-for-Profit Organizations

Canadian Urban Institute - $50,810
Municipal training on the information technology underpinnings of cultural planning
The Canadian Urban Institute will develop, test and convene a series of workshops on geographic information technology. The workshops will be geared to staff of municipal culture departments, libraries, arts councils, Business Improvement Areas, other community data sharing partners and senior municipal decision-makers.

Council for Business and the Arts in Canada - $150,000
artsVest Ontario 2013-14
The Council will take artsVest to five new communities in 2013 with a deepened multi-module sponsorship training component. artsVest is a matching incentive grant and sponsorship training program that stimulates business investment in the arts, strengthens municipal cultural plans and fosters creative communities on a local level.

Creative Waterloo Region Services Organization - $62,317
Cultural asset data collection
This project will build on the Waterloo Region's earlier efforts in cultural asset data collection. Creative Waterloo Region Services Organization (aka Creative Enterprise Institute) will develop a tool to store information on all cultural assets within the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo and the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich.

CoBalt Connects Creativity (formerly Imperial Cotton Centre for the Arts) - $68,750
Expressing cultural vibrancy
CoBalt Connects and its partners will develop tools and platforms for expressing cultural vibrancy and valuing post-cultural planning that connects the three audiences of municipal cultural planning – local government, cultural practitioners and the public.

MaRS Discovery District - $39,782
Centre for Culture and Creativity
MaRS will begin the first phase of establishing a Centre for Culture and Creativity, which will serve and enhance Ontario's cultural communities. A series of workshops will bring together stakeholders from the cultural and arts communities and other sectors. Out of the workshops, MaRS will outline an action plan to accelerate creativity, culture and innovation to create jobs, increase the display of creative works in public spaces and develop a centralized digital "home" for the centre.

Mattawa-Bonfield Economic Development Corporation - $14,050
Cultural mapping and planning
The Mattawa-Bonfield Economic Development Corporation will analyze and recommend how the region's cultural assets and resources can benefit from economic development through holistic, location-based cultural tourism mapping and a strategy.

Norfolk Arts, Culture and Heritage Alliance - $18,000
Cultural map and municipal cultural forum
The Norfolk Arts, Culture, and Heritage Alliance will oversee the development of a cultural map of Norfolk County. The aim is to build community support for municipal cultural planning and to encourage Norfolk County Council to begin the planning process. 

Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres - $39,455
Urban aboriginal communities thrive
The Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres will help the communities of North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins to identify and leverage their existing cultural assets at a local and regional level through capacity-building initiatives at local Friendship Centres. These communities will be better equipped to establish cross-sectoral collaborations and models that will improve the cultural vitality of the region, and to identify public and private sector opportunities that support cultural inclusion and economic development.

OurDigitalWorld - $36,734
Cultural resources toolkit reVITAlization project: phase I
Our Digital World will enhance its cultural resources toolkit (VITA) for cultural mapping initiatives. Changes include: multilingual screens with additional customization options; enhancements to the public exhibits and sub-collections; and additional ways to identify and map cultural resources VITA is unique in enabling cross-sector collaborations and partnerships. This resource-sharing approach builds sustainable community collections in the online environment, and is already used by 100+ organizations and partnerships.