Arts, Culture & Heritage Strategic Plan

Arts, Culture & Heritage Strategic PlanThe City of Coquitlam has completed a draft 2015 – 20​30 Arts, Culture & Heritage Strategic Plan (ACHSP) which included widespread community engagement, including a telephone survey, stakeholder meetings, and a community forum.

The ACHSP will provides an overarching vision and strategic planning framework to guide the City and its partners in organizing, coordinating and prioritizing cultural programs and services that respond to current and future community needs.

The ACHSP will build on the broad analysis and recommendations set out in the draft Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan released in 2014. 

Where We Are

Coquitlam recognizes the increasingly important role played by arts, cultural and heritage programs and experiences in:

  • engaging residents;
  • enhancing civic pride;
  • celebrating culturally diverse populations; and
  • contributing to the quality of life needed to attract people and investment in local economies.

The City provides facilities and annual operating funding and delivers a broad range of such services through direct delivery, partnerships with societies and non-profit providers, and via programming and other service offerings. Some of the cultural programming and events are supported through partial funding grants or other City actions.

Examples include:

While the City's strongly supports service in arts, culture and heritage, a single overarching plan to define and fully coordinate all arts, culture and community heritage goals, initiatives and priorities, has never been developed.

The draft 2015 - 2030 Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategic Plan (ACHSP) is a major milestone in the process to complete a long-range vision and implementation strategy that will raise the profile and enchance the arts, culture and heritage programs and services delivered in Coquitlam.

Where We Are Headed

The ACHSP has enabled Coquitlam to define its arts, cultural and heritage aspirations and priorities, and develop detailed long-term service objectives for arts, culture and heritage over the next 15 years.

The ACHSP outlines five Strategic Goals with recommendations for a number of future actions to support the achievement of these goals. Moreover, to deliver some early meaningful improvements, the ACHSP highlights top ten priorities as a short-term focus, followed by further actions to be pursued over time.  It expands on the vision outlined in the Cultural Services Strategic Plan (2010) by including goals, priorities and concrete actions to provide rich cultural experiences for all.​ ​

Defining Arts, Culture & Heritage

The illustration below provides a preliminary definition of some of the major categories and the associated resources that pertain to the overall makeup of Coquitlam’s arts, culture and heritage assets.

Community Engagement

There will be ample opportunities for community members to provide feedback on the draft Arts, Culture & Heritage Strategic Plan through an online survey. Please continue to visit this page or follow the City of Coquitlam on Facebook and Twitter or sign up for our Direct Email Service for project updates and information on how you can participate.

Parks Recreation and Culture Services


Phone: 604-927-3556
Email: achsp@coquitlam.ca