Measure 3 of the 2018–2023 government action plan for culture: Expand the range of activities and services offered by cultural Crown corporations that address the needs of people with disabilities, immigrants and people living in poverty

Where
Canada
When
2020
Who
Ministère de la Culture et des Communications (MCC) du Québec [Québec Ministry of Culture and Communications]
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Measure 3 of the 2018-2023 government action plan for culture will expand the range of activities and services offered by cultural Crown corporations that address the needs of people with disabilities, immigrants and people living in poverty.

The planned actions for this measure are as follows:
* Acquire specialized equipment and cultural products with a non-standard distribution format;
* Design tailored activities;
* Hold extramural activities, e.g., in public places;
* Adapt spaces to allow universal access when renovation projects are planned.

A number of measures by cultural Crown corporations facilitate participation in cultural life and access to diverse cultural expressions and infrastructure, including by addressing the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. For example:

From 2018 to 2020, the Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal (MACM [Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art]) implemented various programs through this measure, including the Inclusion in Action program, which specifically targets Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, immigrants or people in vulnerable situations, giving them the opportunity to discover a cultural place and occupy it in a unique and highly creative way. As part of Inclusion in Action, the MACM offers a range of services and programs, including Inclusion in Action -- Making Connections, which specifically addresses the social engagement of Quebec's Indigenous youth.

The Musee de la civilisation (MCQ [Quebec Museum of Civilization]) has made accommodations for people with physical, hearing, visual or intellectual disabilities (e.g., adjustments to the reception desk and ticket office, improved signage). In addition to these accommodations, there is a policy of free admission for individuals or groups and educational activities for groups or individuals with special needs. In 2019, the MCQ also established an organization-wide committee on the issue of universal accessibility. The committee will propose and prioritize various initiatives with the ultimate goal of improving access to the MCQ for people with disabilities and, more generally, for anyone who may encounter an obstacle in their visit experience. It should also be noted that in 2019, the MCQ began the Sesame project, which will make culture accessible and open to people from the cultural communities, marginalized groups and persons with disabilities. The Sesame project includes a component for immigrant francization students.

Bibliotheque et Archives nationales du Quebec (BAnQ [Quebec Library and Archives]) has developed various activities to promote the cultural participation of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups:
* A series of cultural mediation workshops for people who are homeless or very vulnerable, combining lessons in photography with the discovery of BAnQ's collections and public expression. The results of these workshops take the form of exhibitions in BAnQ buildings, on the Internet and in exhibition spaces outside BAnQ;
* A series of introductory workshops on BAnQ's collections in areas frequented by disadvantaged and/or homeless people, specifically for those groups;
* A series of poetry-writing workshops for vendors of L'Itineraire magazine, with public presentation of their work;
A personalized invitation to community organizations in the Grande Bibliotheque district (Ville-Marie borough of the City of Montreal) to participate in their free cultural programming.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

At the MACM, Measure 3 has made it possible, via the Inclusion in Action - Making Connections program, to carry out the following activities:
* Develop tailored communication strategies to connect with First Nations, Metis and Inuit people;
* Host Indigenous groups and organizations, or groups and organizations dedicated to Indigenous communities;
* Build positive relationships with First Nations, Metis and Inuit people;
* Raise staff awareness of the cultures, realities and issues of Indigenous peoples;
* Create project continuity tools for the Indigenous component, Making Connections;
* Maintain the positive relationship between Indigenous people and the Museum.

BAnQ:
* Fourteen participants from 3 community organizations (Accueil Bonneau, La Rue des Femmes, L'Itineraire) in the photo exhibition Vues de la rue;
* Eight young participants from the downtown youth employment centre's Focus program in the photo exhibition Focus Montreal;
* Three seasons of introductory workshops on BAnQ's collections in the Jardins Gamelin adjacent to the Grande Bibliotheque (approximately 300 participants from disadvantaged groups);
* Three seasons of haiku poetry workshops (poems exhibited for three years as part of an art installation entitled "structure Poemes d'un jour" at the Grande Bibliotheque);
* A season of participation in "self-service poetry" workshops (as public poets interacting with the general public);
* A season of participation in the writing workshops entitled "La ruche de poesie" (with the creation of a published magazine): 30 vendors of L'Itineraire magazine participated;

A dozen community organizations contacted through the St-Laurent district consultation table, with quarterly meetings, to strengthen ties with the community and its various groups (homeless, disadvantaged, addiction, mental health).

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

A total of USD 1.8 million (CAD 2.5 million) over the 2018-2023 period is earmarked for the implementation of this measure, for all of the Crown corporations involved.

BAnQ:
* Three cycles of photography workshops and exhibitions: USD 21,759 (CAD 30,000)
* Introductory workshops in the Jardins Gamelin: USD 725 (CAD 1,000)
* Haiku workshops and the art installation entitled "structure Poemes d'un jour" (3 years): USD 54,398 (CAD 75,000)
* "Self-service poetry" workshops: USD 2,176 (CAD 3,000)
* "La ruche de poesie" workshops: USD 2,901 (CAD 4,000)

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal (SPDAM)
Public Sector
Société du Grand Théâtre de Québec (SGTQ)
Public Sector
Musée de la civilisation du Québec (MCQ)
Public Sector
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MACM)
Public Sector
Musée national des beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ)
Public Sector
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ)
Public Sector
Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) [Québec Ministry of Immigration, Francization and Integration]
Public Sector
Office des personnes handicapées du Québec [Québec Office of People with Disabilities]
Public Sector
Accueil Bonneau
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
La Rue des Femmes
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Groupe communautaire L’Itinéraire
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi Montréal Centre-Ville
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Dîners St-Louis
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Partenariat du Quartier des Spectacles
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
La poésie partout
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Debout : Actes de paroles
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Table de concertation du Faubourg St-Laurent
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
NO
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Multi-domain