Arms-Length Cultural Development Feasibility Study – Get Involved!


Be part of the Community Feedback Session June 20

If you work in, support or enjoy Ottawa’s vibrant cultural scene – help chart the future!

The Research Phase of the Arms-Length Cultural Development Feasibility Study is complete, and the Analysis Phase is getting started. 

There are some preliminary results to share, including a short-list of potential options for advancing Ottawa’s cultural sector more effectively. 
What’s next? 
Attend the Community Feedback Options Review Session led by the independent study team of Lord Cultural Resources and Nordicity!

When: Wednesday June 20, 7PM-9PM
Where: Saint Paul University - 110 Hazel Street, Ottawa - G1124 Amphitheatre

May 2018: Be part of the Community Feedback Session May 10

A foundation of the Arms-Length Cultural Development Feasibility Study is community consultation.
Your views are important! Please participate in the study’s first community feedback session -  and share this invitation widely.
Date: Thurs, May 10, 2018
Time: 7:00PM-8:30PM
Location: Impact Hub Ottawa, 123 Slater Street, 6th floor
To register:

We will share information about the study and research so far, learn more about our cultural sector’s needs and priorities and gather input from the cultural community about some of the options for advancing Ottawa’s cultural sector more effectively.

April 2018: Your opinion matters – take the survey!

Click here to respond to this important online survey about the needs of Ottawa’s arts, heritage and festival and fair communities. It should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

What it is

Over the last two years, the Alliance has advocated to Ottawa City Council on the importance of continued investment in the City’s Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Culture and Heritage in Ottawa (2013-18). As a direct result of this advocacy, Ottawa City Council approved as part of the 2017 City budget, funding to be applied to complete a community-driven, community-wide Arms-Length Cultural Development Feasibility Study.

This initiative is a key component of the Action Plan, with an aim to sustain and further advance the capacity of our dynamic cultural sector*.  It is an independent, community-driven, community-wide initiative to assess the current state of Ottawa’s cultural sector, and identify and evaluate the practicality and viability of potential models and/or solutions for more effective cultural sector advancement.

Informed by research on leading practices from other communities; and consultations with the Ottawa community, community leaders, City cultural and other staff, and others, it will recommend approaches to fostering a thriving cultural sector whose potential, and whose contribution to the creative economy and livability of our city, can be fully realized.

*Our sector includes organizations and individuals involved in art, heritage, festival and fair communities, and is inclusive of Ottawa’s diverse communities, including people from diverse ancestries, geographic locations, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, income, languages, races and sexual orientation.

What’s next?

From December 2017-August 2018, the Study will be led by an independent consultant, and will include research on best practices from other communities; consultations within the Ottawa cultural community, with community leaders and City staff; and will recommend potential models and/or solutions towards collectively advancing Ottawa’s cultural sector.

In year two, (Fall 2018 – Fall 2019 – subject to City Council approval), select studyrecommendations are to be implemented.  A summit will also take place, (another key Action Plan component) bringing together funders and other cultural community representatives to address ways to better resource local culture.

Get involved!

As a member of or key stakeholder in Ottawa’s cultural community – YOUR VOICE counts!

We want YOUR IDEAS on how to strengthen and advance our cultural community.  To participate in the study get on the Study consultation list



February 28, 2018:

 Implementation has started and community consultations are being planned. A project status update is coming soon!


About the Arms-length Cultural Development Feasibility Study

December 11, 2017 : Project launch announcement



Find out more about the study!

The Ottawa Cultural Alliance gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa for this study