2018 City of Ottawa Municipal Election
Festival Industry Candidate Questionnaire

Your vote counts!

On Monday, October 22, Ottawa goes to the polls to vote in a new council.

Now is an important time for exceptional elected champions for our industry!

OFN sent a questionnaire to Certified Candidates with five key questions of importance to our industry.

See what’s on your candidate’s mind about our industry:  » Festival Industry Candidate Questionnaire: Overview

The questionnaire also provided current and potential new councilors with insight about the industry and our impact on the economic well-being and quality of life of Ottawa’s residents and businesses.


Keep culture a term of council priority – #ottawaculturecounts

Festivals, fairs and special events are important drivers of Ottawa’s cultural sector and scene.

Our industry is an essential part of our cultural sector – we contribute in a big way our city’s economy and our quality of life.

From major world class events, to international cultural festivals and neighbourhood celebrations – and everything in between – our local, authentic festivals, fairs and special events take place in every city ward.

Ottawa’s cultural sector matters to business leaders: They know that culture contributes to the vibrancy of the City’s brand and its development goals.

  • City of Ottawa investment in Ottawa’s festival industry is approximately $1.65 per resident
  • The City’s investment in our cultural sector is $10 per resident, which comprises only 0.003% of the City’s total budget
  • The festival, fair and special event industry is our City’s cultural sector leveraging leaders

Ottawa’s cultural sector is under-resourced to take advantage of the enormous potential that exists to create the world-class City we all desire.

In 2012, City Council unanimously approved a City-led A Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa (2013-2018) with 57 recommended Actions based on community consultations to build a strong cultural sector. This Plan expires at the end of 2018. Only 26% of Actions have been achieved. The Plan was under-resourced. This gap is a real concern. Sustained and strategic investments are needed. Multi-year operational and capital investments are critical to ensure that cultural organizations/workers are viable and competitive.

Read more about why #OttawaCultureCounts and why we need our city council to keep culture as a Term of Council priority.