A New Cultural Roadmap for Ottawa!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

A new generation of cultural planning has arrived.  Ottawa is ready to join it.

The Ottawa Cultural Alliance is pleased to release A Liveable City for All: A New Cultural Roadmap for Ottawa 2019-22.  The Roadmap maps out the path to an Ottawa where all citizens can take part in the social and economic benefits of culture.

Members of Ottawa’s cultural sector and Ottawa citizens contributed significant time, thought and effort to its development.  Thanks to the dedication of our community, we can be confident that the Roadmap reflects community needs and wants for the future of culture in Ottawa.

The Ottawa Cultural Alliance especially wishes to thank the following people who played a key part to ensure that the voices of our cultural community were included, and helped guide and shape the Roadmap:

The Advisory Committee of community representatives strengthened the consultation and Roadmap development processes:

  • Barbara McInnes, community foundations, philanthropy - Chair
  • Nicole Fortier, Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans - Vice Chair
  • Alexandra Badzak, Ottawa Art Gallery
  • Julea Boswell, Propeller Dance
  • Christos Pantieras, visual artist, educator, cultural events
  • Nik Ives-Allison, Ottawa Music Industry Coalition
  • Christopher Blake, theatre, management and administration
  • Kelly Neal, Ottawa International Animation Festival
  • Christina Ruddy, Algonquin Way Cultural Centre
  • Julie Harris, historian, cultural heritage
  • Laila Djiwa, heritage, cultural development
  • Chantal Nadeau, La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins

Rigorous requirements for independent research, community input, subject matter expertise, writing, editing and project management were met by a roster of contributing consultants:

  • Margery Leach, Project Manager for the Ottawa Cultural Alliance
  • Lord Cultural Resources, Nordicity Group Limited and associates - Brad King, Sarah Hill, Eric Dubeau, Christine Tremblay, Mila Dechef-Tweddle
  • Hill Strategies Research Inc. - Kelly Hill, Alix MacLean
  • Synapcity - Laine Johnson, Ariela Summit, Stephane Pressault, Laurel Mackenzie, Taylor Howarth, Tyler Boyce
  • CAM Consulting - Brian McCurdy
  • A. Adair and Associates - Annalee Adair
  • Village PR - Heather Badenoch
  • Proctor Group Consulting - Cate Proctor
  • Deanna Young, Editor
  • Kate Cartwright Designs - Kate Cartwright

The reports of the Ottawa Cultural Research Group (‘Counting on Culture: Impact and Indicators in Ottawa’), and the Ottawa Cultural Tourism Working Group (Cultural Tourism Pilot Project) were also important sources of information.
The Steering Committee that oversaw the work was comprised of the Ottawa Cultural Alliance member organization leaders and board members:

  • Arts Network Ottawa
    Victoria Steele, Cassandra Olsthoorn, Stella Ronan
    Kim Lymburner, Lisa Cruickshank 
  • Capital Heritage Connexion
    Catherine Lindquist
    Kelly Eyamie 
  • Heritage Ottawa
    David Jeanes
    Carolyn Quinn
  • Ottawa Arts Council
    Peter Honeywell
    Georgette Houle 
  • Ottawa Festival Network
    Carole Anne Piccinin
    Peter MacDonald 
  • Ottawa Museum Network
    Diana Carter
    Tracey Donaldson


The Ottawa Cultural Alliance gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa for this Roadmap. We extend thanks for the support, input and flexibility of staff from the City of Ottawa, especially members of the Arts Heritage and Development Unit. 

Respectfully submitted by the Ottawa Cultural Alliance Steering Committee.

For more details visit the Ottawa Cultural Alliance website.