The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is a world in itself, with 180 cities in 72 countries. These cities place creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their local development plans and actively cooperate with other cities in the Network.
The Network in Canada
The Network's cities are organized into seven categories: crafts and folk arts, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts and music. Three Canadian cities are part of UNESCO's Creative Cities Network, in three different areas:
Montréal, Creative City of Design since 2006
Quebec City, Creative City of Literature since 2017
Toronto, Creative City of Media Arts since 2017
Their sustainable urban development projects include international conferences and competitions, financial support to creators and designers, and collaboration with other creative cities around the world.
The role of design in Montréal
How design shapes everyday life in Montréal, a UNESCO Creative City of Design since 2006.
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s offices, located in Ottawa, are on the unceded, unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation whose presence here reaches back to time immemorial. Read the full statement.