Nouvelle politique culturelle du Québec - Enraciner davantage la culture dans la vie de la population - Mieux soutenir les artistes, les organisations et les entreprises
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June 12, 2018

Québec’s new cultural policy – Making culture more rooted in everyday life

Nouvelle politique culturelle du Québec - Enraciner davantage la culture dans la vie de la population - Mieux soutenir les artistes, les organisations et les entreprises

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Better support for artists, organizations and businesses

MONTRÉAL, June 12, 2018 – Québec’s second cultural policy, Partout, la Culture, was unveiled this morning, along with an action plan and a historic budget of $600.9 million. The main goals are to make culture accessible to everyone so that it remains at the heart of Québec’s development and our youth can find ways to learn and express themselves positively, to anchor our diverse population, to ensure that Québec’s artists and creators shine both here and online, and finally, to ensure that culture is fully involved in the growth and the economy of Québec.

This policy was created after a long process of public consultation with the population, the cultural milieu, Indigenous communities, ministries and public organizations throughout Québec. The policy is guided by four main goals:

  1. To find individual and collective fulfilment through the medium of culture;
  2. To shape an environment that is conducive to the creation and promotion of arts and culture;
  3. To enhance the relationship between place and culture;
  4. To focus on culture and communications for Québec’s economy and development.

The 2018-2023 culture action plan that accompanies the policy was created with the participation of 34 ministries and government organizations. It has 41 measures, including the following:

  • An important investment to promote and highlight the French language;
  • Support for the cultural sector in its appropriation of digital technology and the creation of a strategy to promote the visibility and discoverability of Francophone content from Québec across digital networks;
  • An investment of $50.2 million in SODEC to support cultural creation, production and diffusion, as well as the development of cultural entrepreneurship in the digital age, and $30 million in the investment bank;
  • An investment of $65.9 million in the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec for cultural creation, production and diffusion;
  • An investment of $65.5 million to create a new alliance between culture, education and families;
  • An investment of $5 million to offer Quebecers throughout the province free access to museums one Sunday per month;
  • Ensuring that the tax system for cultural industries is effective and fair;
  • Implementing important measures to improve the socio-economic conditions of professional artists and cultural workers;
  • Revising the two acts on the status of the artist and the Act respecting the SODEC;
  • An investment of $14.3 million in order to offer artists and cultural workers access to professional training and continuing education;
  • Creating Québec’s very first government strategy on architecture;
  • An investment of $35.5 million in the Québec Cultural Heritage Fund to help support knowledge and to protect, develop and pass on our heritage;
  • An investment of $25 million to help protect, develop and pass on our religious heritage.

Quotes:

Our culture, like our nation, is unique. It is a great asset for the safekeeping and promotion of our French language, our heritage, our history and our values. It plays a determining role in our quality of life and our sense of belonging in the community. We have a wealth of creators whose talents are a calling card that is recognized throughout the world. Today, with this new policy, we want our culture to be highlighted in all aspects of our daily life, so that every Quebecer can feel like they are a part of it. In the midst of a changing world and a changing Québec, we are giving our culture its rightful place in the 21st century.

– Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec

Whether onscreen, on the internet, in music, circus, books, museums or orchestras, our creativity has been our success, our pride and our reputation, both at home and abroad. Québec’s new cultural policy is built to let our creators shine, and along with them, every person who feeds Québec’s enormous potential for creativity. The aim is for culture to be at the heart of our daily lives from childhood onwards, and for it to be accessible everywhere, throughout our regions.

– Marie Montpetit, Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language

Key points:

  • Our cultural sector contributes to Québec’s economic development. It represents 3.4% of our GDP and creates 176,000 jobs.
  • Québec’s first cultural policy was created in 1992. It was the first time that culture was deemed the responsibility of everyone in government.