In order to best maintain and evolve Toronto’s identity and international reputation as one of the world’s most multicultural cities, City Council approved the creation of a Cultural Districts Program in Toronto at its November 2021 meeting.
A Cultural Districts Program will allow for more flexibility and opportunities for the City to engage in economic and cultural initiatives that can help communities thrive. Cultural district programs are well established in the United States and in 2020, Mississauga City Council introduced six distinctly themed cultural districts.
The creation of a city-wide Cultural Districts Program follows multiple 2020 and 2021 Councillor motions endorsed by City Council calling for recommendations and plans for the City of Toronto to provide ongoing support for multiple cultural communities and their businesses. City Council approved the creation of the program at its November Council session with the following parameters for City staff:
In addition to these parameters, City Council recommended that broad engagement occur with local City Councillors, community members, stakeholders, BIAs and relevant Council Advisory Bodies, prior to providing final recommendations for the program design and implementation in a 2022 staff report.