• In 2014 CCNC expanded its membership beyond municipalities to include a non-voting membership category for organizations and individuals. If you are an individual, organization or municipality interested in nurturing and supporting cultural development in your community, join us!


  • 2018-2020 STRATEGIC PLAN
  • By-Laws

About The Network

Municipalities, arts organizations and individuals are playing a growing role in the development of arts, culture and heritage in Canada. The Creative City Network of Canada (CCNC) is a national non-profit organization made up of municipalities, arts organizations, and individuals working to support cultural development in their communities. CCNC facilitates knowledge-sharing professional development in the field of local cultural policy, planning, and research.

CCNC exists to connect and educate the people who do this work and share this working environment so we can be more effective in cultural development in our communities. By sharing experience, expertise, information, and best practices, members support each other through dialogue, both in person and online.

Our goals are:

  • To provide paths for communities, large and small, to access each other's experiences and expertise.
  • To develop tools and resources for the community of practice in community development across Canada.

Through its work, the Creative City Network of Canada helps build the capacity of local cultural planning professionalsand by extension, local governmentsto nurture and support cultural development in their communities. By doing so, CCNC aims to improve the operating climate and conditions of artists, arts, heritage, and cultural organizations across the country, as well as the quality of life in Canadian communities of all sizes.

Culture is a core pillar of sustainability, facilitating positive change through creativity and innovation, and creating healthy, vibrant, and engaging communities in Canada.

The Creative City Network of Canada connects and supports cultural leaders, celebrates cultural excellence, and nurtures cultural development in local communities throughout Canada.


  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Advocacy
  • Inclusiveness
  • Respect
  • Excellence

"CCNC has been foundational for me in 15 years of municipal cultural management. There is always someone in the network who is ahead of what we're doing so I can pick their brain and borrow their documents...It's the perfect network of cross-country colleagues!"

— Rebecca Cann, Cultural Services Supervisor, City of St. Catharines

Visit the Get Involved section for more information on how your municipality can benefit from joining the Creative City Network of Canada.

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Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, Brantford, ON
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