Advocacy Resources

We encourage you to download the PDF of this brief and to share it with your MP. Download Brief PDF A template for a cover letter email is also available for your use here: Download Cover Letter Summary Orchestras Canada/Orchestres Canada is pleased to participate in this consultation. We represent the perspectives of 130 Canadian […]


Download Letter PDF Sent by email to the Honourable Lisa Macleod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries. Dear Minister Macleod: I am writing to thank you most sincerely for your advocacy on behalf of your Ministry’s many and varied stakeholders: as you’ve emphasized in your town hall meetings, Ontario’s heritage, sport, tourism, and […]


We encourage you to download the PDF of this letter and to share it with your MP. Download Letter PDF A template for a ‘cover letter’ email is also available for your use here: Download Cover Letter Sent by email to: The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage; The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of […]


As part of our advocacy work, we’ve prepared a leave-behind document, useful for meetings with federal and provincial members of parliament, or indeed for any meeting where you’re hoping to demonstrate the value of orchestras to a decision-maker. This document also highlights some key facts about orchestras in Canada, and summarizes our four most recent […]


With the 2019 federal election behind us, and the new cabinet recently announced, now is a good time to reach out to your Member of Parliament to make them aware of the important work that your orchestra is doing in their riding. In consultation with out government relations advisor, Éric Dubeau, we’ve prepared a template […]


As part of Orchestras Canada’s ongoing advocacy work on behalf of Canadian orchestras, we asked our government affairs consultant, Éric Dubeau, to prepare an analysis of the major Federal parties’ electoral platforms, with a specific focus on arts and culture commitments. You can find the analysis here. (Updated October 17th) Here in Peterborough-Kawartha, Orchestras Canada […]


Advocacy Checklist Download (DOC) Advocacy Checklist Download (PDF) Making Friends and Building Allies at your Orchestra Fostering and strengthening support with all levels of government – municipal, provincial and federal – is important for all orchestras. Having knowledgeable friends and allies is helpful at the best of times; when you really need them, it’s good […]


In November 2018, members of Orchestras Canada’s Advocacy Committee met with their Members of Parliament to deliver a united message for Canadian orchestras. These meetings were the first phase of an ambitious effort to engage as many of you as possible in meeting with your MPs to share collective messages about the value of orchestras, […]


From OC Calgary 2018: How can orchestras best communicate their needs and issues with funders, government and other organizations? An advocacy panel discussion with moderator Micheline McKay and guest speakers Jean R. Dupré (Orchestre Métropolitain), Allan Northcott (Max Bell Foundation) and Patti Pon (Calgary Arts Development).