Government of Quebec Cultural Policies and Measures

Public Agencies and Crown Corporation under the responsibility of the Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women
Key objectives of the measure:

The objectives undertaken by the Government of Quebec through its Cultural Policy (1992) are to contribute to asserting Quebec’s cultural identity, stimulate the development of artistic creation and promote access to and the participation of citizens in cultural life. Moreover, one of the objectives of Quebec’s International Policy (2006) is promoting Quebec's identity and culture abroad.

Scope of the measure:
Local, Regional, National, International
Main feature of the measure:

In Quebec, the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine (MCCCF) [Quebec Ministry of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women] coordinates application of its 1992 Cultural Policy. It is supported by thirteen government corporations, including two funding agencies: the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) [Quebec Arts and Letters Council] and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)  [Quebec Corporation for the Development of Cultural Industries]. The MCCCF had a total budget of CA$659.2 million ($US678.1 million) for the fiscal year 2010-2011.

Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure:

Quebec faces two strategic challenges, issues associated with the rapid evolution of digital technologies, and demographic changes (aging and diversification of the population), which change expectations and behaviours regarding culture and communications.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:


Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

In Quebec, the MCCCF provides a transparent system of assessments and evaluations of its financial support programs. It publishes an annual management report, including indicators, emphasizing results related to the objectives of its multi-year Strategic Plan. Statistical analyses prepared by MCCCF and by the Observatoire de la Culture et des Communications du Québec (OCCQ) [Quebec Observatory on Culture and Communications] track the evolution of Quebec’s cultural situation.

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)