Ontario-Québec Cultural Exchange Program

Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
Québec ministère de la Culture et des Communications
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

This program, which ran for two years (2017-18 and 2018-19), aimed to strengthen the cultural dialogue and foster greater cultural collaboration between Ontario and Quebec.

The program was part of the joint action plan under the Agreement for Cooperation on Culture, which was renewed by Ontario and Quebec in October 2016.

Priority was given to projects that supported the co-creation or co-dissemination of digital cultural content, or innovative initiates allowing the cultural sectors adapt to new digital realities. Special consideration was given to projects involving partners from communities located outside major urban centres.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

Six projects were funded in the first year of the program (2017-18) and another five in 2018-19. Initiatives supported by the program include:
* A market development project, promoting the creation and presentation of dance works by Indigenous and pluralistic dance artists among performing arts presenters in both Ontario and Quebec;
* Co-creation between a Franco-Ontarian theatre company and an Indigenous theatre company of a play for children between the ages of two and six years-old that explores Indigenous cosmogony (theory of the origins of the universe), to be presented in both provinces;
* A one-day conference bringing together artists, cultural workers and organizations from both provinces to consider the challenges of the digital revolution;
* A multi-faceted project exploring ways to integrate cultural diversity into theatre creation, involving a theatre laboratory, a practitioner symposium and a digital portal (postmarginal.ca);
* A crossover creation residency for Quebec and Ontario storytellers to acquaint themselves with each other's storytelling canons with the goal of re-interpreting the stories and legends to new audiences; and
* "LIBLAB bilingue", an inaugural partnership between Opera de Montreal and Tapestry Opera (Toronto), bringing together four composers and four librettists to create 16 operas over a 10-day period, with performance to take place in Montreal and Toronto in 2020.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

USD 44,715 (CAD $60,000) per year for each of 2017-18 and 2018-19

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
Public Sector
Québec ministère de la Culture et des Communications
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
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