Growing the international export market for cultural businesses, organizations and artists was a key issue discussed at a national meeting of culture ministers this week.
Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister, Leo Glavine, attended the meeting in Yellowknife from June 19 to 20.
“One of my top priorities is to work with our creative industry sector to build an export strategy that will help them grow and prosper,” said Mr. Glavine. “This work has begun, and we have a strong partner in the federal government to help set us up for success. Creating a robust export strategy for Nova Scotia’s creative industries will help create new jobs, strengthen our economy while also providing significant social benefits for all Nova Scotians.”
In 2016, Nova Scotia’s culture sector was valued at $874 million and supported almost 14,000 jobs. Nova Scotia exported $141.5 million worth of culture products in the same year. This represents a 61 per cent growth in culture product exports since 2010.
At the meeting ministers also:
— agreed to establish Canada Historic Places Day, which will take place on Tuesday, July 7. This national event will raise awareness about the importance and diversity of historic places and work to increase visitation
— discussed how digital transformation is impacting cultural industries and content creators, and that a legislative and regulatory copyright framework is needed to protect and manage copyrights
— agreed to work together to promote safe workplaces in the arts, culture and heritage sectors and to strengthen collaboration through sharing models and approaches
— agreed to monitor progress of the federal Copyright Act review.
Nova Scotia will host the next ministers meeting in June 2019.