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  • January 18, 2013


Gravelle announces funding for cultural mapping, digitizing projects

January 18, 2013 - Ontario is helping two area municipalities and two Aboriginal organizations tap into cultural creativity to generate opportunities for economic growth, create new jobs and increase access to historical information.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport will provide a total of $156,328 through two separate programs: the Creative Communities Partnership Fund and the Museums and Technology Fund. The projects are:

  • Municipality of Greenstone’s Cultural Plan, including an asset inventory and cultural mapping project - $42,240
  • Keewaytinook Okimakinak’s Keewaytinook Culture Project, to include cultural mapping and strategies to pass on and preserve traditional teachings to young people and future generations - $51,648
  • Matawa First Nations Management Inc.’s Matawa Community Cultural Portal, to launch a new website portal to promote unity between the nine member First Nations and promote their communities to create economic development opportunities - $47,440
  • Red Rock Historical Society’s Archival Project, to digitize, catalogue and make available electronically the society’s collection of historical photos, movies, slides, audio tapes, print and non-print items - $15,000

Supporting growth in the culture sector is part of the government’s plan to create jobs for Ontarians and strengthen the economy.

"Cultural planning is an important tool to harness innovation and ideas that help communities prosper. I'm pleased that our government supports our unique cultural diversity in this region and recognizes that it brings with it unique opportunities for bridging distances and creating prosperity." -- Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

"Ontario is proud to support municipalities and cultural organizations that are making culture part of their strategy for growth. Creative and cultural industries are among the fastest growing sectors in the economy today which create jobs and contribute to the social and economic developoment of this province." -- Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport


This year, the Creative Communities Prosperity Fund will provide support to 47 municipalities and cultural organizations, while the Museums and Technology Fund will support 58 digital technology projects across Ontario.

Culture is one of Ontario’s fastest growing sectors, employing over 250,000 people and contributing approximately $20 billion annually to Ontario’s economy.


Read more about government programs that help to grow the culture sector

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