The Manitoba BOLD campaign is calling on the provincial party leaders in the 2011 Election to provide leadership and direction to further enhance and build the creative industries in Manitoba by encouraging creative planning principles and the development of a creative campus. 

Dave Angus

“Manitoba has tremendous assets in the creative industry with world renowned artists, performers, filmmakers and new media companies,” said Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave Angus. “We see a terrific benefit and opportunity for Manitoba to be a leader in bringing creative minds and entrepreneurs together to innovate.” 

In an effort to achieve this The Manitoba BOLD platform recommends: 

  • That the Province of Manitoba identify the area of the West Exchange district as a tax increment finance zone to attract developer investment in residential and commercial property in the creative industries establishing a Creative Campus.
  • That the Province of Manitoba establishes a “Creative Planning Council” made up of artists, architects, technology entrepreneurs, planners and others that would be engaged in the development of image projects that provide a creative return on investment (CROI).
  • That the Province investigates the establishment of a Performing Arts Centre in Manitoba.
  • That the Province of Manitoba encourages greater arts involvement in youth through a multi-year “Arts Participaction” program.
  • That the Province if Manitoba works with the creative industries and other stakeholders to promote the Manitoba creative sector with the goal of increasing demand for local creative products and services. 

“We live in a province that has many advantages.  A productive workforce, a diverse economy, a transportation and cost advantage, and clean energy to name just a few,” concluded Angus. “What we are missing is a commitment to competitiveness and the development of world class sectors such as the creative industries that would put us on the international map. The Manitoba BOLD campaign is providing recommendations to achieve that.” 

For more information on the Manitoba BOLD platform please visit www.manitobabold.com

POLICY BACKGROUNDER 

Manitoba: Canada’s Creative Capital 

Where creative minds innovate – Where art and technology connect  

Think BOLD: Build a Creative Campus

  • That the Province of Manitoba identify the area of the West Exchange as a Creative Campus and designate it as a tax increment finance zone to attract developer investment in residential and commercial property in the creative industries.
  • That the Province of Manitoba creates special tax-incented enterprise zones to attract and build high-tech companies.
  • That the Province of Manitoba in conjunction with the City Of Winnipeg develops a secondary plan for the area that defines the elements needed for the Creative Campus to flourish. 

Think BOLD: Encourage Communities to Adopt Creative Planning Principles

  • That the Province of Manitoba establishes a “Creative Planning Council” made up of artists, architects, technology entrepreneurs, planners and others that would be engaged in the development of image projects that provide a creative return on investment (CROI). 

Think BOLD: Commit to Developing and Attracting Creative Talent

  • That the Province of Manitoba establish a target of artists per thousand (populations) that would set us apart from other jurisdictions.
  • That the Province of Manitoba investigates the establishment of a Performing Arts Centre for Manitoba.
  • That the Province of Manitoba increase arts involvement in youth through the development of a multi-year “Arts Participaction” program.
  • That the Province of Manitoba develop the next generation of entrepreneurs through required entrepreneurship training at both the high school and post-secondary levels. 

Think BOLD: Build the Creative Sector

  • That the Province of Manitoba works with the creative industries and other stakeholders to promote Manitoba’s creative sector with the goal of increasing demand for local creative products and services.
  • That the Province of Manitoba develops an aggressive start-up capital program called Start-up Manitoba to provide entrepreneurs with capital needed to grow and develop their business.
  • That the Province of Manitoba aggressively imports Intellectual Property from other countries to be commercialized in Manitoba. 

Live Better: Creating jobs, supports a growing sector, keeping our youth, attracting people and entrepreneurs 

For more information on the Manitoba BOLD campaign please visit http://www.manitobabold.com/