This ministry provides leadership within the arts and culture community to support a strong and stable culture sector that will help to build vibrant and liveable communities and a creative and innovative knowledge-based economy in Ontario.

We work with the culture sector to develop and implement policies, programs and services that enhance the contribution of cultural industries, arts, heritage, archaeology, libraries, museums and cultural agencies to Ontario's quality of life.

Among our activities, we:

  • Provide leadership in developing innovative and globally-competitive content for the film, television, interactive digital media, recorded music, book and magazine publishing industries
  • Invest in Ontario's cultural agencies to support innovative programming and collections that showcase the best of our cultural diversity and creativity
  • Administer the Public Libraries Act and the Ontario Heritage Act, license archaeologists in the province, provide funding support, advice and outreach to public libraries, community museums and heritage organizations.

Ontario’s Culture Strategy

In July 2016, Ontario launched its first Culture Strategy, which establishes goals and actions to promote participation in arts and culture, build on the sector's economic impact in communities across the province and help Ontarians tell their stories and express themselves.

The strategy reflects the input of nearly 3,000 people who provided feedback during Culture Talks — a three-month public engagement process on the value of culture in people's lives.

Read more about the strategy.