Current Priorities

PASO strives to strengthen the environment for the individuals and institutions that create and disseminate the arts in this province and for public access to the arts. Our collective memberships are made up of individual artists as well as the performance and exhibition organizations that create and support artistic expression.

Informed by our observations as Executive Directors of Arts Service Organizations, the coalition actively advocates for changes in legislation that will benefit the cultural sector’s organizations, artists, performers, as well as for making the arts more accessible for all Ontarians.
PASO calls on the provincial government to:

1. Confirm its commitment to the sector by increasing investment in the arts through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport and key agencies such as the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

2. Strengthen cultural policy framework in Ontario through a consultative process in order to better address the challenges of artistic creation.

3. Support youth employment in the province through a robust community-driven training/internship strategy.

4. Invest in adequate and affordable facilities for artists and arts organizations.


 Our History

PASO is Ontario’s Coalition of Provincial Arts Service Organizations. The PASO Coalition is comprised of 22 provincial arts service organizations that collectively represent artists and organizations working in the performing and visual arts and crafts in Ontario.

Inspired by the work of Le Mouvement pour les arts et les lettres (Le M.A.L.), the Coalition works together to build a stronger profile for the arts and help increase funding to the arts in Ontario. All of the PASO Coalition’s participating member organizations work in collaboration to identify and address such issues of collective interest through

  1. Sharing resources, information and expertise.

  2. Planning and implementing collective action, through research, letter writing and attending meetings.

  3. Participating in and collaborating with other networks working in areas of mutual interest.

The PASO Coalition has been successful in supporting advocacy campaigns and continues to meet with key decision makers to discuss and address timely and important issues facing the arts in Ontario. The coalition has met on a regular basis by teleconference since January 2007 and maintains ongoing communications through both in-person and online channels.