Following an extensive consultation process that began in 2010, MCC launched Quebec's Digital Cultural Plan in September 2014. Prepared in conjunction with the network of agencies and Crown corporations affiliated with MCC and with stakeholders in the cultural and communications sectors, the plan has the following objectives:
* Provide the means for players in the cultural sector to create and innovate in a rapidly evolving technological context;
* Raise the profile of Quebec culture by promoting its dissemination to as many people as possible on local, national and international markets;
* Create synergy between the various stakeholders to make Quebec cultural products accessible;
* Facilitate access to culture and the dissemination of culture with a view to democratization.
In view of the importance of listening to the community in order to remain as active as possible in response to the extremely rapid evolution of new digital practices, MCC decided to focus the plan on major issues starting in 2016. For the moment, there are two major concerns:
Support and appropriation
In its first few years, the plan focused on the importance of raising the level of digital skills and literacy in the cultural sector. It seemed necessary to promote the assimilation of new digital practices in order to set up winning conditions to ensure the sustainability of all the actions in the plan.
Cultural visibility and outreach
To maintain and increase the vitality and visibility of Quebec culture, it is essential to adopt practices characteristic of digital technology. The digitization, documentation and public availability of works and content is a first step. At the heart of actions promoting the visibility and discoverability of culture, working with data on cultural content is key.
In addition to these major concerns, the plan also has six thematic components:
* Experimentation, research and development: Support innovative projects, the development of new business models, and expertise-sharing and partnerships with the academic and business communities.
* Infrastructure and equipment: Modernize equipment and update the digital networks of Quebec's cultural venues in order to optimize their presentation role.
* International: Support the dissemination of our culture abroad and foster partnerships leading to exchanges of expertise and international collaboration.
* Youth and education: Stimulate young people's interest in culture by creating tools and content and encouraging their use in education and cultural leisure activities.
* Cultural memory: Ensure the sustainability of Quebec cultural and heritage content and its archiving and digitization.
* Programs, policies and directions: Update the financial assistance programs, action plans and regulations administered by MCC and its Crown corporations to reflect new digital practices.
The number of measures announced publicly since the QDCP's inception stands at 121. The QDCP's achievements can be found on the website and are identified in section 5. In general, since 2014 there has been a notable increase in the level of digital literacy in the culture network as a whole and, more specifically, in data culture.
This plan initially called for an investment of USD 80 million (CAD 110 million) over seven years. The action plan for Quebec's cultural policy put an additional USD 11 million (CAD 15 million) into the QDCP and extended it for two additional years, bringing the total investment to USD 91 million (CAD 125 million) over nine years (2014-2023).
For the 2019-2020 fiscal year, USD 13.2 million (CAD 18.2 million) was invested.
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Several government ministries and agencies are involved in implementing the QDCP, along with a number of private sector and civil society organizations.
The implementation is currently being evaluated.