The City of Thunder Bay has begun the process of developing a new municipal Culture Plan. This Plan will replace the Inspire Thunder Bay Culture Plan that was adopted by the City in 2011, and will identify current priorities, provide direction, and anticipate challenges ahead to ensure community access to, and necessary support for, the arts, culture and heritage sector to thrive in Thunder Bay over the next decade.

"Arts, culture and heritage are vital to our community,” said Louisa Costanzo, Supervisor of Cultural Development, Community Programming and Events. “They help foster a sense of community and place and contribute to our economy in many ways, including employment, tourism, and more. The new Plan will help the City and sector partners focus work and resources where they are needed to make sure our community remains a vibrant and unique place to live, work and visit." 

The City is working with Nordicity, a consulting firm that specializes in arts, heritage and culture development. To help inform the Plan, the project team is beginning stakeholder and public engagement this week, seeking input and feedback about culture through sector roundtables, an online survey and community engagement pop-up booths.

Community pop-up locations:

  • August 30 - Goods & Co., 251 Red River Rd., from 12 - 2 pm
  • August 30 - Live on the Waterfront Summer Send-Off, Prince Arthur’s Landing, from 6 - 9 pm
  • August 31 - Live on the Waterfront Summer Send-Off, Prince Arthur’s Landing, from 6 - 9 pm

To take part in the online survey, please visit The survey will be available until September 27.

For general information about the Culture Plan, visit

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Contact: Louisa Costanzo, Cultural Development, Community Programing & Events Supervisor, 807-628-5250,