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The Time is Now


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The Time is Now


Toronto's star is rising. The time to actualize its creative and cultural potential is now.

Development

Toronto is experiencing a once-in-a-century explosion of real estate development, with over 200 new towers planned for the next decade and beyond.

Culture

Toronto has undergone a massive cultural renaissance in the last decade that is showing no signs of slowing down. The city’s full-blown transformation is laying the groundwork for its future as a premiere international destination and market for art and culture.

Arts Funding

Securing funding for the arts, however, is notoriously challenging. Our city could benefit from greater—and more strategic—investment in growing our creative and cultural capacities.


What mechanisms can we leverage and create to draw and retain world-class creative talent with an eye toward developing a profitable, sustainable, and sophisticated artistic vision for the city?

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Existing Bylaws


Existing Bylaws


 
"Mitosis", Pierre Poussin

"Mitosis", Pierre Poussin

Existing Programs

Toronto’s Section 37 and Percent for Public Art Program are two important mechanisms that ask big condominium developers to redirect a minimum of 1% of their gross construction costs into public realm improvements and public art. In recent years, these two programs have helped the City of Toronto allocate a portion of funds from big developers toward improving local infrastructure and the pedestrian experience in and around ultra-dense high-rise areas.


Existing City of Toronto bylaws that redirect corporate money into the arts are vital, but perhaps not living up to their full potential


Missed Opportunities

At present, the scope and impact of these public projects are not being maximized. There is no coordinated program that helps harness the enormous creative capital that these bylaws are intended to unleash and grow. We believe that there is a place for harmonized, bigger-vision initiatives that help deploy these funds more effectively and ambitiously in service of Toronto’s citizens and international reputation as a world-class purveyor of arts and culture.