• Important Dates
    The Call for Nominations for the 2018 Awards of Excellence is now closed. Award receipts will be announced at the 2018 Summit in Mississauga, ON, November 6-8, 2018. 
    Please contact
    Diane Thorpe
    Awards Consultant

Cultural Planning Award

Award Description:

The Award of Excellence – Cultural Planning recognizes a Canadian municipality* that has developed, adopted, and implemented an excellent Culture Plan with a process that demonstrates outstanding visionary leadership and best practices in cultural planning or a Canadian municipality that has reviewed, revitalized and implemented a previously adopted Culture Plan.

Eligibility for Award:

This Award is open to a Canadian municipality* that developed, adopted and implemented a Culture Plan within 36 months of the Awards Program submission deadline. (This Award is also open to a Canadian municipality that has reviewed, revitalized, and implemented a previously adopted Culture Plan within 36 months of the Awards Program submission deadline).

Award Criteria:

  1. Demonstrates excellence in cultural planning practice;
  2. Demonstrates the collaborative processes of public engagement using creative engagement tools and techniques; and shows the integration of the information gathered from the public process;
  3. Embodies accessibility, diversity and inclusivity;
  4. Identifies, assesses, and leverages the municipality’s cultural assets and resources;
  5. Demonstrates a strategic integration with local government services;
  6. Demonstrates an effective implementation strategy, including monitoring and evaluation, where applicable;
  7. Contributes to vitality of the community through integration of all aspects of sustainability (cultural, social, economic and environmental);
  8. Encourages an innovative approach and a vision relevant to the community.

∗ Includes eligible organizations as outlined in General Eligibility for all Awards.

  • Municipal Governments
  • Regional Governments
  • Arts Councils
  • Band Councils


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School of Contemporary Dancers performs, Winnipeg, MB - Photo by Robert Barrow