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  • “CCNC incites creative discourse, participates in national cultural partnerships, such as the Cultural Statistics Consortium, and shares best practices in Canadian cultural development in Canada and abroad. CCNC aims to facilitate positive change and create culturally vibrant and engaging communities of all sizes throughout Canada. We encourage you to join us in the process of inspiring creative communities across Canada.”
    - Kelly Jerrott, Past President, Creative City Network of Canada

2021–2025 Summit Host Cities

Announcing the feature Creative Cities for 20212025!

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Creative City Network of Canada is postponing the Creative City Summit planned to take place in the fall of 2020 in Calgary, Alberta to October 27–29, 2021. This has affected the subsequent host city schedules. We thank all of the designated host cities for their flexibility, understanding, and collaboration in coordinating the necessary changes.


Being a featured Creative City is a source of pride for the local community in addition to being an inspiration to all. 

The CCNC is pleased to announce the following feature Creative Cities to host upcoming summits:

Calgary, AB

NOTE: The Creative City Summit originally scheduled for 2020 in Calgary, AB has been postponed to October 27-29, 2021

“The City of Calgary is excited to be named Canada’s Creative City of the Year in 2020. We look forward to showcasing the unique, home grown initiatives and partnerships that have built a culturally vibrant and thriving city, with incredible things happening everywhere you go.  As Mayor, I look forward to welcoming the Creative City Network and our municipal colleagues from across Canada to Calgary so you can experience first-hand the energy of this amazing place.”
– Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Waterloo, ON

NOTE: This Creative City Summit was originally planned for 2021
“Creativity is an essential part of our community’s success,” says City of Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “The Creative City Network Summit is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the amazing work being done locally and to be inspired by stories from other communities. We look forward to welcoming culture workers from across Canada to Waterloo in 2021.”
- Mayor Dave Jaworsky

St. John’s, NL
“St. John’s is a city that prides itself on the astounding cultural talents and successes of its people, and as a long time member of the Creative City Network of Canada, we’re delighted to welcome the Creative City Summit and its delegates to St. John’s in 2023, twenty years after we first hosted in 2003. In Newfoundland, a term we use often is “a time,” which the Dictionary of Newfoundland English defines as “a party or celebration, esp. a communal gathering with dancing, entertainment, etc.” Well, we can’t wait to have a time with you in 2023!”
- Mayor Danny Breen


Vancouver, BC

NOTE: This Creative City Summit was originally planned for 2022
“The City of Vancouver is proud to welcome delegates to the Creative City Summit in 2022—marking 20 years since we hosted the Network’s inaugural annual meeting. Looking back, cultural development colleagues can celebrate the creativity, growth and impact that the CCNC has achieved since its humble beginnings in Vancouver’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Looking ahead, Vancouver is excited to program study tours to share how we have been mindfully building a culture of reconciliation and redress throughout the City to strengthen relations with our Host Nations: the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ / sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh).”
- General Manager, Arts, Culture and Community Services, Sandra Singh

Kingston, ON

NOTE: This Creative City Summit was originally planned for 2024
“The City of Kingston is proud to be a member of the Creative City Network of Canada and is thrilled to be able to host the 2024 Creative City Summit. The arts, heritage and culture have always been integral to Kingston’s character and they have become even more important and celebrated in recent years thanks to a combination of strategic work and investment. Here in Kingston history and creativity exist side-by-side. We have exceptional character and an atmosphere that residents and tourists have come to love and enjoy. We look forward to sharing our accomplishments with colleagues from across Canada.”
- Mayor Bryan Paterson

Background Photo Credit:
Corus Quay building, Toronto, ON - Photo by Christopher Jones