Culture, Government and the Arts: Public Policy Resources

The arts and culture are recognized as important contributors to economic vitality and quality of life. This guide presents resources useful for those in business and public pollicy


Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage is the principal federal department responsible for cultural matters. From its website: "Canadian Heritage is responsible for national policies and programs that promote Canadian content, foster cultural participation, active citizenship and participation in Canada's civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians."

Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

Canada Council for the Arts

Usually referred to as the Canada Council, this is a national arm's length agency which fosters the development of the arts in Canada through grants, services, and awards to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations

Canadian Commission for UNESCO

Canadian Commission for UNESCO acts as a forum for governments and civil society to mobilize the participation of Canadian organizations and committeed individuals in UNESCO's mandated areas: education, natural and social sciences, culture, communication and information.

Destination Canada (Formerly the Canadian Tourism Commission)

Parliament of Canada

The Parliament of Canada has a searchable site for Senate and House of Commons debates, committees, reports and proceedings including the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Library of Parliament
Research publications on Arts, culture and entertainment issues prepared for parliamentarians to review topical issues e.g. Federal government policy on arts and culture by Michael Dewing (2013) and Canada's National Museums by Marie-Claude Langlois (2013). See also the Archives

Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Science (also known as the Massey Commission)

Report of the Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Science
The Commission made recommendations upon the principles which should govern broadcasting and television policies in Canada, upon federal cultural agencies, establishment of a national library, aid to research, and Canada's relations with UNESCO

Canadian Conference of the Arts - a national forum for the arts and cultural community in Canada

Policy Resources


British Columbia


Sport, Culture and Heritage

New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia


Department of Culture and Heritage


Prince Edward Island




Department of Tourism and Culture





United Kingdom

United States


Council of Europe

Compendium: Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe

European Union

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

An international non-governmental organization that works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places which has a Canadian arm: ICOMOS Canada

International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies

World CP: International Database of Cultural Policies
for similar information see also - Cultural Policy Database (Culturelink Network)

United Nations



Art Bridges - social impact and statistics

Canada Council for the Arts

Statistics Canada

Hill Strategies

Resources on the arts

Council of Europe

Compendium: Cultural statistics in Europe (Includes funding information)

European Union - Eurostat

Cultural statistics

UNESCO Institute for Statistics

Cultural statistics

Content last reviewed: January 29, 2021