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Where we are

From its heritage and black history, immigrants from around the world, and to ancient First Nations; this community is culturally rich.

Where we want to be

Within one generation, our community is recognized as the best place to live in Ontario and a destination of choice to experience arts and culture.

Why it matters

Strengthening our cultural assets will help to improve our economic, social and environmental health. It is born out of the growing recognition that culture enriches people’s lives and creates a sense of “place” and belonging. A vibrant cultural scene generates economic activity, creates prosperous cultural industries, and attracts tourists, major employers and new residents.

How we will get there

Promoting culture through engagement, cultural diversity and an atmosphere of inclusion in a creative economy.

 

What we are working towards:

To be recognized as the best place to live in Ontario and to be a destination of choice to experience arts and culture, we need to:

  • Promote Culture: Our community promotes cultural engagement, inclusion and a culturally 
    diverse community  

  • Diversity: Our community strengthens culture in communities and maintains programs to recruit 
    and retain residents

  • Creative Economy: Our community fuels the creative economy and promotes the value of the arts 
    throughout Chatham-Kent

 

   

Note:  CK Plan 2035 is a  living or dynamic document that will be continually edited and updated.  If you know of a project or plan that you are or community groups is working on that will help our community achieve our goals, please let us know.

                                                www.chatham-kent.ca519-360-1998ckplan2035@chatham-kent.ca 

3.1  Promote Culture

We promote cultural engagement, inclusion and a culturally diverse community. 

We will maintain and preserve our current cultural assets through the advancement of community heritage conservation and develop plans to promote the re-purposing of existing heritage assets.

We will use culture and creativity as a prosperity tool to attract and retain labour force and business investment.

We will recognize and celebrate the contributions of indigenous communities in our shared cultural heritage.

We will build awareness through education, celebration and promotion of Chatham-Kent’s vast array of cultural programming, assets, and quality places

 

What the Community is doing to achieve this goal:

  • Organizations in similar tourism field working together to develop sites (i.e. Black History)
  • Services provided by Sports groups and facilities– eg. minor sports organizations, YMCA, St. Clair College Health Plex, Running groups, school gym facilities
  • Art groups and facilities – eg. Mary Webb CentreTilbury Arts Council, Kent 1874, Capitol Theatre, Wallaceburg Gordon Centre


What is the Municipality of Chatham-Kent is doing to achieve this goal:

  • Maintain, leverage, preserve and celebrate our community’s cultural and natural heritage assets to allow current and future generations the opportunity to value and experience all that Chatham-Kent has to offer.
  • Recognize and celebrate the contributions of indigenous communities in our shared cultural heritage.
  • Use culture and creativity as a prosperity tool to attract and retain labour force and business investment.
  • Develop strategies to promote the re-purpose of existing heritage assets.
  • Build awareness through education, celebration and promotion of Chatham-Kent’s vast array of cultural programming, assets, and quality places
  • Plan for, enhance, conserve and maintain our cultural assets and public spaces.
  • Protect and celebrate our community’s cultural and natural heritage resources to allow current and future generations the opportunity to identify with and enjoy the cultural experiences and spaces Chatham-Kent has to offer.
  • Engage the advancement of community heritage conservation.
  • Promote and encourage conservation of heritage neighbourhoods by developing a heritage conservation strategy. (Note:  I think we already have this)


For more information:

  • Ontario Culture Strategy   PLAN

  • Municipality of Chatham-Kent Culture Implementation Master Plan   PLAN 

  • Tourism Destination Master Plan  (Link to document will be created once accessible version of document is completed)

 3.2 Diversity

Our community strengthens culture and maintains programs to recruit and retain residents in the understanding that we are stronger together.

As Canada’s first designated Welcoming Community we support new Canadians and make plans and take actions to support immigrant populations.

We celebrate the community of cultures within our community by providing public facilities, programs, and spaces that foster inclusiveness and appeal to a diverse population within our neighbourhoods.

We ensure parks and public facilities are accessible and attractive for of all ages, lifestyles, and abilities.


What the Community is doing to achieve this goal:

  • Realtors Association is actively promoting the community
  • Ethnic and faith-based cultural groups welcome and assist in retaining new residents
  • Employers are recruiting talent from around the world


What is the Municipality of Chatham-Kent is doing to achieve this goal:

  • Make plans and take actions to attract and support immigrant populations.
  • Provide for public facilities, programs, and spaces that foster inclusiveness and appeal to a diverse population within our neighbourhoods.
  • Provide accessible public facilities, programs, and spaces that foster inclusiveness and appeal to a diverse population within our communities.


For more information:


 3.3 Creative Economy

Our community supports the people who are involved in the creative economy and promotes the value of the arts with the knowledge that economic development can be directly linked with culture through the economic impact tourism has on a local economy. 

We support cultural programming to create a community that projects innovation, vibrancy, creativity, and entrepreneurialism.

We are implementing a comprehensive tourism destination management approach to support existing tourist facilities and the establishment of new attractions, facilities and services.

We are developing ongoing marketing and communications plans to promote Chatham-Kent’s cultural sector to both visitors and residents.

 

What the Community is doing to achieve this goal:

  • New arts Councils are being created on an ongoing basis
  • New trail developments
  • Community theatre and events (eg. Mary Webb Centre; Kent 1874)

 

What the Municipality of Chatham-Kent is doing to achieve this goal:

  • Implementing a comprehensive tourism destination management approach to support existing tourist facilities and the establishment of new attractions, facilities and services to serve both existing tourist demand and emerging demand
  • Encouraging tourism by building community awareness of our cultural assets.
  • Developing a comprehensive marketing and communications plan to promote Chatham-Kent’s cultural sector to both visitors and residents.
  • Promoting marketing and communications of the cultural sector through traditional an innovative means.
  • Enabling local food producers to get food from the field, to the truck, to our tables.
  • Protecting our built and cultural heritage to promote our unique identity and develop links to arts and eco-tourism in the region
  • Recording and celebrating our community’s history through appropriate archives facilities
  • Building upon our cultural strengths to attract and retain the best and brightest.
  • Support cultural programming to create a city that projects innovation, vibrancy, creativity, and entrepreneurialism.

 

For more information:

  • Chatham-Kent Tourism Destination Master Plan   PLAN

     

Note:  CK Plan 2035 is a  living or dynamic document that will be continually edited and updated.  If you know of a project or plan that you are or community groups is working on that will help our community achieve our goals, please let us know.

                                        www.chatham-kent.ca519-360-1998ckplan2035@chatham-kent.ca