Oshawa is looking to its cultural community for feedback regarding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City of Oshawa and the Cultural Leadership Council are inviting the local cultural community to provide input on the impacts of COVID-19 on culture in Oshawa.
The consultation aims to capture the experiences and feedback from individuals and organizations within Oshawa’s cultural sector, as well as provide insight into how the pandemic has affected various areas within the cultural sector and identify what supports are required for resiliency and recovery.
Feedback will be received until noon on Monday, Dec. 14, and will be compiled and summarized by city staff. A summary of the consolidated findings may be made public as part of ongoing consultations on how COVID-19 is impacting the local cultural community and/or used for regional, provincial and national analysis as needed.
As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, the economic repercussions continue to grow. The arts and culture sector has been recognized globally as being severely impacted by the pandemic, with concerns about what recovery and resilience may entail. Recent data from Statistics Canada reports that the arts, culture and heritage sector in Canada contributed over $56 billion in the Canadian economy and close to 666,500 jobs, with the performing arts, festivals and events sectors contributing almost $3 million and over 70,000 jobs.
The work of Oshawa’s arts, culture and heritage organizations, artists, creative industry workers and entrepreneurs play an important role in creating urban vibrancy and identity, and contributes to economic growth and tourism as well as supporting the wellbeing of residents.
This consultation supports the implementation of Culture Counts: Oshawa’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan. The initiative also aligns with the work of the Mayor’s Economic Recovery Task Force, which identifies actions to support the needs of Oshawa businesses and organizations impacted by COVID-19, including advocating the federal, provincial and regional governments to financially assist cultural organizations affected by COVID-19.
Individuals and cultural organizations are invited to provide their feedback online by visiting Connect Oshawa (www.connectoshawa.ca/CultureImpacts). An online feedback form is available for both individuals and organizations to complete. Those who prefer to complete a feedback form on paper or an alternate format are asked to call Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311 during regular business hours.