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Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
July 2017

In this issue!

CHRC Annual General Meeting welcomes new Board members

CHRC held its AGM in Toronto in June and officially welcomed 2 new Board members: Janis Lundman from the Film and Television industry, and Carly Beath from the Digital Media Content Creation industry. These Board members continue the CHRC tradition of establishing and maintaining links to the cultural industries through their own networks, organizations and practices.

At a meeting of the new Board which followed the AGM, the Executive was elected from the Board members, as follows:

Chair - Richard Hornsby
Vice-chair – Kathleen Delong
Secretary – Parise Mongrain
Victoria Steele was reappointed as Treasurer.

In his report to the meeting, Richard said that “CHRC continues to carve out its unique place in the sector as a leader in human resources, and a cohesive and coherent voice for artists, cultural workers and cultural organizations across the country.”

PATAC reports – cross country round-up

A very important function of CHRC is to convene cultural partners from across the country and the sector. One of our most valued and vital networks of this kind is our Provincial and Territorial Advisory Committee (PATAC). We are devoting the bulk of this newsletter to some of the highlights of their news – what is going on in the provinces and territories – as shared with us in a late June meeting. (With regrets from our partners in Yukon, Nunavut and Newfoundland who couldn’t make the meeting.)

Nova Scotia (Mary Elizabeth Luka, Arts Nova Scotia)

As the film industry hemorrhages: Two years after the radical change to the NS tax credit levels and regulations, several small or mid-size companies have folded or moved, including at least one full A-crew membership. As this is an industry that is built on trust and confidence to realize financial commitments, the impact has been significant on the local productions. Animations and video games are still operating under the old tax credit system, and have not been affected. A few large service productions have found ways to work with the new system. Unfortunately, the consequence has been loss of employment overall (not just in direct film & tv jobs), a decrease in local production, and much more money spent by the government than was originally budgeted (in order to make sure the industry didn't collapse here).

Prince Edward Island (Mark Sandiford, Culture PEI)

A provincial cultural strategy: The PEI Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture has finally launched its long-awaited ten year provincial cultural strategy consultations. The strategy is on a fast track and is due to be delivered in the fall. Some changes are already being made, with part of the Culture Department being shifted to Innovation PEI, a crown agency under the Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

And a great mentorship program: Culture PEI is running the second edition of its Theatre Production Mentorship Program. The program places recent graduates of theatre programs into small theatres where they are mentored. The goal is to expand the pool of qualified backstage professionals to address a looming succession problem not only at the small theatres but also at the Confederation Centre Theatre. About half of the participants of last year’s program have found work this year in theatres on PEI. The others have found theatre work outside the province.

New Brunswick (Debborah Donnelly, Culture Plus)

The President and Executive Director then did a quick visit to our PATAC partner counterparts in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario to learn about their experiences..

CulturePlus has been very busy analyzing the results from the Cultural Training and Career Development survey which was conducted in Nov/Dec 2016. The results were presented in a Forum on March 1st in Fredericton, which included government partners, representatives from the major post-secondary educational institutions and a cross-section of members from the arts, culture & heritage sectors in the province. The idea was to have this broad group of participants take the data from the survey and come up with priorities for the Cultural Sector, for the Educational Sector and for CulturePlus for the coming period. The final report was published (in English and French) and is available at - We hope to make CHRC’s The Art of Managing Your Career modules available to people in NB soon.

Susan Annis was guest speaker at CulturePlus’s first AGM.

Quebec (Louise Boucher, Compétence culture)

Compétence Culture (formerly le Conseil québécois des ressources humaines en culture) celebrates its 20th year –Congratulations!

Shaping cultural policy: La politique québécoise de la culture (Québec’s cultural policy), which is now 25 years old, did not refer to human resources at all; Compétence Culture, during public consultations held a year ago, insisted that Québec’s new cultural policy include the area of HR (New Brunswick’s culture policy includes 2 pages on HR). The consultation paper does include two pages on the socio-economic conditions of the artist, the evolution of occupations in digital media, the necessary reinforcement of training programs and the access to life-long training. The job count and the contribution to the GDP are taken from the Cultural Satellite Account (CSA).

Ontario (Diane Davy, WorkInCulture)

Training and mentoring: WorkInCulture continues to focus on delivering training opportunities in a variety of formats, including its BizSmARTS (artists) and WorksmARTS (arts managers) webinar series, working with communities around the province. They have recently launched their seventh mentorship program – this one is aimed at arts managers and addresses opportunities and challenges in growing earned revenue. Called the Growing Earned Revenue Mentorship (GERM!) program, it has matched 21 arts managers with mentors and will run for the upcoming year. WorkInCulture will also be working with the Toronto Arts Foundation on a mentorship program for newcomer artists. They recently concluded a very successful workplace program (funded by Service Canada) and are hopeful we will be successful in getting support for another round.

Manitoba (Thom Sparling, Creative Manitoba)

Creative Manitoba: ACI Manitoba. The Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba undertook strategic and rebranding plans and has changed its name to Creative Manitoba. It continues to provide the same professional development, mentorship and networking opportunities for artists and cultural workers across Manitoba.

Budget woes: Film and Digital Media Tax credits were not touched in the recent provincial budget, but Manitoba Film and Music was cut significantly; all cuts are to come from administration and travel budgets. This may cause problems in promoting the tax credit. Manitoba Arts Council’s funding was cut as well – all cuts are to be made up through staff and administration savings – no program cuts. Similarly, the funding for Manitoba Centennial Centre Corp – the body that manages the Concert Hall and other provincially owned cultural buildings was cut by $500,000 – this will impact large arts organizations.

Despite this…the film industry is booming in MB – one TV series is being shot and a number of features continue to roll through – at a pace of 2 or 3 shooting concurrently across the Province.

Saskatchewan (Dennis Garreck, SaskCulture and Karen Henders, Saskatchewan Arts Board)

2017-2018 Provincial Budget: Arts and Culture in Saskatchewan saw reductions in the 2017-2017 provincial budget including: suspension of the Main Street Saskatchewan program and elimination of the Culture on the Go and Community Infrastructure programs. Both Creative Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Arts Board received about 5% cuts to their budgets. Community Sport, Culture and Recreation Programs saw a 51% reduction and the Heritage Foundation a 40% reduction.

Saskatchewan Arts Board:

Entrepreneurial Training: The Arts Entrepreneurship & Business Development Course, delivered in partnership with Creative Saskatchewan, will offer its new online component starting in October 2017. The classroom course will be delivered in Saskatoon and Regina starting in January 2018. is being developed to increase access to this training for artists and arts entrepreneurs living outside of the major centres.


Receives Canada 150 Grant: Resilience and Respect: Canada 150 and Beyond brings together Buffalo People Arts Institute, Gabriel Dumont Institute, Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre, Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers’ Circle, SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Arts Board to work on creating long-term partnerships that focus on the resilience of Indigenous peoples, cultures and languages, opportunities for partnership and growth, and supporting positive changes needed in communities and cultural organizations in this province.

“As partners we are contributing to an ongoing journey - one that engages the spirit and strength of those working toward a new era of Resilience and Respect”.

Alberta (Carol Holmes, Alberta Partners for Arts and Culture)

Although the APAC is not a formal body it is getting some recognition from government. It is a coalition comprised of Alberta’s eight Provincial Arts Service Organizations and four Cultural Industry Associations: Alberta Craft Council; Alberta Dance Alliance; Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society; Alberta Media Production Industries Association; Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta; Book Publishers Association of Alberta; Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta; Theatre Alberta; Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC; and, Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

British Columbia (Brenda Leadley, BC Alliance for Arts and Culture)

Budget promises: The good news is that the new government has pledged to double the budget of the BC Arts Council over the next four years.

A call to include Indigenous communities: The data being used by the Cultural Satellite Account to measure the economic value of culture in Canada (in terms of jobs) does not include Indigenous communities. PATAC partners were encouraged to ask their respective ministers of culture to discuss this issue at the upcoming meeting of provincial cultural ministers in Quebec this August.

NWT Karen Wright-Fraser, NWT Government)

“Culturally one of the most exciting things that is taking place is that the whole Department of Education, Culture and Employment has been taking the BLANKET EXERCISE – All the Teachers, New to the North Teachers, Students grades 10, 11 & 12 and all Employees are mandated to take this training. See

From Karen Wrigtht Fraser: “If any of you has not already had a chance to take part in this exercise - I strongly urge you to take advantage of the opportunity to get some awareness of the history of Indigenous Peoples in this Country and work towards Reconciliation.”

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Of good report: Ontarians value the positive impact of arts on quality of life

Survey Highlights

Arts and quality of life

  • 93% of Ontarians agree that arts activities help enrich the quality of our lives.
  • 90% of Ontarians say that the arts are important to improving the quality of life in their communities.
  • 85% say that the arts are important to improving the quality of their own lives.

Arts and identity and belonging

  • 91% of Ontarians agree that the arts help us to understand other cultures better.
  • 88% agree that participating in arts activities builds a shared sense of community identity.

Arts and community well-being

  • 90% agree that an active local arts scene helps make a community a better place to live.
  • 97% agree that engaging children in the arts is important to their overall development.
  • 80% of Ontarians agree that an active local arts scene helps communities attract businesses.

Government investment in the arts

  • 82% of Ontarians agree that helping make the arts available to people in Ontario is an important government investment.
  • 79% agree that government should spend public dollars to invest in the arts.

Positive views toward the arts across all regions and demographic groups

The survey also shows that regardless of the respondent’s region, gender and age, a majority of Ontarians had positive views about the arts and all of the following aspects: quality of life, community well-being, identity and belonging, and government investment.


Looking for a job? Looking for talent?

Current Job Postings

Title Organisation City, Province
Curator, Exhibitions and Collections Art Gallery of Grande Prarie Grande Prairie, Alberta
Stagiare en marketing artistique AOE Arts Council Ottawa (Orléans), Ontario
Arts Marketing Intern AOE Arts Council Ottawa (Orléans), Ontario
Coordinateur administratif CulturePlus Moncton, New Brunswick
Adminstrative Coordinator CulturePlus Moncton, New Brunswick
Public Art Coordinator The City of Red Deer Red Deer, Alberta
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir - Development Director Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates Toronto, Ontario
General Director Calgary Opera Calgary, Alberta
Community Investment Coordinator Edmonton Symphony Orchestra & Francis Winspear Centre for Music Edmonton, Alberta
Coordonnatrice.eur de conférence en arts médiatiques Independent Media Arts Alliance / Alliance des arts médiatiques indépendants Winnipeg, Manitoba
Media Arts Conference Coordinator Independent Media Arts Alliance / Alliance des arts médiatiques indépendants Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Featured Organisation Plus Member


The Cultural Human Resources Council of New Brunswick (CulturePlus) is a not-for-profit, bilingual organization committed to ensuring the vitality of New Brunswick’s cultural sector workforce through life-long career development and training.

Susan Annis, Executive Director
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Annalee Adair, Project Manager Talent to Lead

Erma Barnett, Finance Officer

Lucie M. D'Aoust, Sr. Project Manager
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Michael Lechasseur, Webmaster

A list of Board members can be found on CHRC's web site.


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