Sector Priorities


Building on the overarching strategic enablers and recognizing that each sector has a unique opportunity to contribute to the health and vibrancy of Ontario, sector priorities guide and focus decision-making to help achieve the highest impact for every OTF investment. There are four priorities for each sector.

Investing for Impact
In addition, to know that OTF investments are making a difference across the province and to ensure they have an impact, we have identified desired outcomes to measure the changes that will help us achieve our mission. Each sector priority has one or two associated desired outcomes.

Arts and Culture

Preserve, promote and celebrate diverse cultures and heritages
  • More and better activities that celebrate the diverse cultures of the province
  • More heritage sites preserved and promoted

Broaden participation and engagement in arts and culture

  • More people participating and engaged in arts and culture, especially those who would not otherwise have access

Foster and strengthen the capacity, vibrancy and growth of the artistic and cultural community

  • Better skills, talent, leadership and collaboration in arts and cultural communities
  • More and better physical spaces where arts and cultural activities can take place

Leverage the power of the arts for positive social change, community building or economic impact

  • More arts and cultural activities that transform communities and lives in positive ways

Environment

Build the capacity of communities to develop local and sustainable food systems

  • More local and sustainable food systems are accessible in Ontario
  • Local and sustainable food systems have led to improved community well-being

Engage Ontarians in initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and increase energy conservation

  • Increased energy conservation
  • More people and organizations are engaged in initiatives that reduce GHG emissions, particularly those who have not traditionally been a part of the sector

Support innovative initiatives that protect and build green infrastructure

  • Green infrastructure is maintained and developed in communities

Build the capacity of the sector to safeguard and restore ecosystems

  • Ecosystems are restored and safeguarded
  • More people and organizations are working to restore and safeguard ecosystems, particularly those who have not traditionally been a part of the sector

Human and Social Services

Support initiatives that remove barriers and promote or increase equitable access to social and economic participation in community life

  • Greater civic engagement (and economic participation) in community life, particularly for those who would not otherwise have access
  • Greater access to community activities or volunteer initiatives, particularly for those who would not otherwise have access

Support the capacity of organizations to adapt, innovate, collaborate and embrace sustainable ways of working together in order to achieve better outcomes

  • Organizations are working together in creative ways to respond to community issues or issues identified by communities
  • Better skills, talent, leadership, collaboration and sustainability in the not-for-profit sector

Foster networks and intermediary organizations that strengthen the sector overall

  • More and better intermediary organizations and networks that affect change on issues identified by communities

Support projects that engage Ontarians in developing more resilient communities

  • More initiatives that mobilize communities to affect positive change

Sports and Recreation

Strategically renew infrastructure, with an emphasis on multi-use facilities, shared space and equipment

  • Strengthened and renewed sports and recreation physical infrastructure
  • Greater use and planning for multi-use facilities by sports and recreation organizations or activities to increase capacity of the sector

Broaden access to, and improve quality and safety of active living programs

  • Higher quality active living programs
  • More people participating in quality and safe active living programs, especially those who would not otherwise have access

Improve the social and economic well-being of Ontarians and their communities by leveraging the benefits of sports
and recreation

  • More people are connected to their community as a result of sports and recreation
  • More sports and recreation and physical activities that transform communities and lives in positive ways

Strengthen sector capacity and leadership by increasing knowledge and improving skills of volunteers and staff

  • Better skills, talent, leadership and collaboration in sports and recreation communities
  • More knowledge sharing to support evidence-based decisions and best practices