1st Edition

Canadian Cultural Policy in Transition

Edited By Devin Beauregard, Jonathan Paquette Copyright 2021
    296 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers a comprehensive overview of Canadian cultural policy and research, at a time of transition and redefinition, to establish a dialogue between conventional and emerging foundations. Taking a historical view, the book informs insights on current trends in policy and explores global debates underpinning cultural policy studies within a local context.

    The book first acknowledges what Canadian cultural policy research conventionally recognizes and refers to in terms of institutions, values, and debates, before moving on to take stock of the transformations that are continuing to reshape Canadian cultural policy in terms of values, orientations, actors, and institutions. With a focus on all levels of government-- federal, provincial, and local -- the book also centers on Indigenous arts policies and practices.

    This systematic and inclusive volume will appeal to academic researchers, graduate students, managers of arts and culture programs and institutions, and in the areas of cultural policy, public administration, political science, cultural studies, film and media studies, theatre and performance, and museum studies.

    Introduction: Policy and perspectives in transition – Canadian cultural policy

    Devin Beauregard and Jonathan Paquette

    PART I - Situating Canadian cultural policy – Classic and conventional conceptions of Canadian cultural policy

    1. Arts policy, heritage policy, and the construction of a Canadian identity (1840–1949)

    Carl Dholandas and Jonathan Paquette

    2. Culture in transition: The cultural policy legacy of the Massey Commission

    Devin Beauregard

    3. Canada at 100, Canada at 150: The challenge and legacy of commemorating a nation built on colonialism

    Devin Beauregard

    4. Cultural policy in Canada: An institutional perspective

    Jonathan Paquette and Carl Dholandas

    5. Canadian cultural policy: Policy rationale, values and debates

    Jonathan Paquette, Carl Dholandas, and Devin Beauregard

    6. Canadian cultural policy and Indigenous arts: Taking stock

    Aurélie Lacassagne

    PART II - Social justice and diversity – The changing landscape of Canadian cultural policy

    7. Policy performance: Disciplining artists in the #MeToo era

    Lowell Gasoi

    8. Representing the marginalized public: How the Workers’ History Museum challenges the heritage policy landscape

    Christopher Gunter

    9. Cultural participation through digital technology: A puzzling issue for cultural governance

    Guillaume Sirois, Nathalie Casemajor, and Guy Bellavance

    10. Promoting the cultural expressions of migrants through education and public awareness programs: The crucial role of the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

    Ivana Otasevic

    11. The contribution of international forums apart from UNESCO in achieving the objectives of the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in the digital environment

    Clémence Varin

    12. Analyzing Canadian third language media policy: Carving a path for the future of Canadian ethnic media

    Geneva Alexandria Nam

    PART III – Cultural and creative industries – Innovation and industrialization of Canadian culture

    13. Digital cultural industrialism and the arts: A critical look at Creative Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital Strategy Fund

    Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte

    14. Understanding the instrumentalization of creativity in provincial cultural policies: The creative economy project in British Columbia

    Taeyoung Kim

    15. The "New Main Street": Reshaping the Canadian creative ecosystem

    Mary Elizabeth Luka

    16. From all directions: Responses to changes in environment and government direction at FACTOR, 2005–2020

    Richard Sutherland

    17. Quality over Quantity: The role of the Ontario Museum Association in community museum governance

    Robin Nelson

    18. Experimentation in federal cultural policy

    Kate Mattocks


    Devin Beauregard is a policy analyst and cultural policy researcher. He is an affiliate researcher at the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa.

    Jonathan Paquette is a full professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies. He is director of the cultural policy research network at the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa. Since 2014, Jonathan has served as the executive editor of the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society.