Abbotsford is the fifth largest City in BC with a population of 141,395 (Stats Canada, 2016 Demographic Profile) and is rapidly growing. We are one of the most ethnically diverse communities in Canada, and are home to a variety of rich natural, arts and heritage assets. The City of Abbotsford aimed to develop a Strategy that would strengthen these areas, embrace our diverse cultural heritage, and identify new opportunities to grow our cultural ecosystem. While the process was led by the Parks, Recreation & Culture Department, it was developed based on input and involvement from key cultural stakeholders and the broader community.
Ultimately, the Strategy establishes the vision for culture in Abbotsford - not only what we want our programs, services and places to look like, but what we want our cultural identity to be. It aligns aspirations and resources around key goals, objectives and actions providing a roadmap that will enable Abbotsford to realize this vision in a fiscally responsible way.
While the Strategy is intended to cover a 20 year planning horizon, times are more uncertain than ever before. This will be a living document that is updated at regular 5 year intervals to ensure the objectives and actions remain relevant and responsive to community needs.