Our Programs and Initiatives

Projects In Progress

Creative Industries Employment Numbers

Opportunity: There is a lack of accurate PEI culture sector labour market data at the industry/discipline level. Statistics Canada provides excellent sector level data through its Cultural Satellite Account. However, there are serious granularity issues with their industry-level numbers. This project is to create accurate culture sector employment numbers for PEI at the industry level to facilitate more effective program and policy development.

Initiative: The project is to engage with PEI industry organizations (Music PEI, the PEI Crafts Council, the Island Media Arts Co-op and others) to gather their employment data and analyze how it relates to Statistics Canada’s numbers. The goal is to gather existing numbers by industry, identify gaps, and design a process for addressing those gaps in a future project.

Status: In Progress

Videogames Industry Strategic Planning

Opportunity: The Videogames industry is an amazing success story on PEI and it still has a lot of room to grow.

Initiative: The project is to engage with VideogamesPEI, Innovation PEI and other stakeholders to develop a new strategic plan to take the industry to the next level.

Status: In Progress

Theatre Production Mentorship Program

Initiative: The Theatre Production Mentorship Program provided providing on-the-job mentorship to recent theatre graduates to round out their training. This will allow them to be hired by PEI theatres addressing the critical shortage of job-ready backstage workers in the industry.

Outcome: The program was run as a pilot project in the 2016 and 2017. 32 participants have successfully completed the program.

Status: In Progress

Film Industry Training Development

Opportunity: The rapid growth of the Film industry in PEI has led to an urgent need for skilled workers.

Initiative: The project is to work with FilmPEI and educational institutions such as Holland College to develop training opportunities to address the skills gaps in the industry.

Status: In Progress

Organization and Leadership Skills Development

Creative PEI works with not-for-profit organizations in the arts, culture and creative sectors to strengthen their capacity in governance, program development, financial administration and evaluation.

Status: In Progress

Youth and Newcomer Career Engagement

Opportunity: Youth and newcomers would make valuable additions to the sector if they were aware of the opportunities.

Initiative: The project is to work with the PEI Department of Education and the PEI Association of Newcomers to Canada to ensure that youth and newcomers are aware of career opportunities in the creative sector and the pathways to those careers.

Status: In Progress

Creative Hubs Planning and Development

Opportunity: This is a top priority for many people working in arts, culture and creative industries in PEI. A creative hub would allow for access to specialized facilities and equipment. But, most importantly, it would create a mutually-supportive community of practitioners, learners and businesses.

Initiative: The project is to create a detailed business case for a sustainable creative hub in PEI.

Status: In Progress

Creative Sector Forum

Opportunity: Appropriate education and training is critical for the growth of the creative industries on PEI and to allow sector workers to find employment opportunities. Current creative sector education and training is not meeting the needs of industry. This gap has been identified by the PEI Film Summit, Island Media Arts Coop Strategy, Artisans on Main Strategy, Culture Sector in PEI: A Labour Market Study and others. It is also regularly reported by Culture PEI’s board members, industry organizations and individual workers and business owners.

Initiative: The Creative Sector Forum on Education will gather together people from industry and education (K-12, postsecondary and private) to do some creative thinking on creativity education. They will develop a shared vision of what an amazing educational ecosystem would look like on PEI and some action steps to get there from here.  The date of the Creativity Education Summit is still to be determined.

Status: In Progress

Creative Sector Online Opportunities Directory

Opportunity: Creative industries workers and businesses have no organized online marketplace for their products and services so business opportunities are missed. In 2015, Culture PEI partnered with the Fédération culturelle de l’ÎPÉ to conduct a study to develop a platform concept, conduct a needs assessment and validate the concept, and develop platform specification.

Initiative: Creative PEI is developing an online opportunities directory to be house on its website.

Status: In Progress

Workplace Harassment and Violence Policies Implementation

Opportunity: The Cultural Human Resources Council has developed an excellent template policy on workplace harassment and violence.

Initiative: The project is to work with a wide range of creative sector organizations in PEI to adapt this template policy to their specific circumstances and to implement it.

Status: In Progress

Doors Open PEI

Opportunity: Doors Open is a worldwide phenomenon that is well-suited to be adapted to PEI. Doors Open provides the opportunity for community members to go behind the scenes at arts and culture facilities and explore spaces that are normally off limits.

Initiative: The project is to launch Doors Open PEI and develop it into an annual event.

Status: In Progress

Learn More:   doorsopenpei.ca

Ongoing Projects

I Choose Arts

This is an exceptional online tool for young people considering a career in the arts. Working professionals from PEI’s arts sector deliver the straight goods about what to expect from your career: the good and the bad.

Status: Ongoing   

Learn More:   ichoosearts.com

2013 Careers in Culture Videos

In 2013, Culture PEI launched a video series and booklet outlining 13 careers in the Culture Sector. This is still an excellent resource.

Status: Ongoing

Learn More: Careers in Culture Videos

Academy Diploma Program in Arts and Culture

Creative PEI is the PEI Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture’s industry partner in its innovative Academy Diploma Program for Arts and Culture. The program, offered at Bluefield and Colonel Gray High Schools, enables students to gain arts and culture sector-specific skills and knowledge in the context of engaging, career-related learning environments. Creative PEI advises on the program and helps the students make industry contacts for specific training and co-op placements.

Status: Ongoing

Recent Projects

HIVE Cultural Entrepreneurship Incubator

Opportunity: A major stumbling block for young arts and culture workers entering the workplace is the lack of business skills. Over 70% of culture sector workers are self-employed. This is the reality of the gigging economy. Young arts and culture workers need to be able to set themselves up as businesses to position themselves for sustainable success.

Initiative: The HIVE is a 12-week program that hires young people (under age 30) to focus entirely on designing and launching their careers. The program includes a Business of Art Bootcamp, mentoring and peer support. Creative PEI has run 6 cohorts of the HIVE. 40 young people have gone through it and all are still in business, are employed in arts and culture or are advancing their education. This program is currently on hold. Creative PEI is looking to reactivate it in the coming months.

Status: Recent

Future Projects

Arts & Creativity Learning Community

Opportunity: The fact that PEI does not have an existing art school creates an opportunity to develop a new approach to post-secondary arts and creativity education. Developed in conjunction with a Creative Hub, a new Learning Community could use mentorships, master classes, residencies, hackathons and other methods to deliver lifelong professional education more effectively and efficiently than conventional models.

Status: Future

Status of the Artist Legislation

Opportunity: Now in place federally and in many provinces, Status of the Artist legislation recognizes the important role of the creator in society and promotes an understanding of the unique manner in which artists work. Having this legislation in place in PEI will place artists on an equal footing with other professionals in the labour market and to earn a more equitable share of the profits on their work within the public art economy.

Status: Future

PEI Public Broadcaster

Opportunity: PEI does not have a TV broadcaster that can license original programming and trigger federal production supports. The CRTC allows for each province to have a public broadcaster. TV Ontario and BC’s Knowledge Network are examples. A proposed national consortium of provincial public broadcasters could provide a cost-effective opportunity to make this a reality.

Status: Future


Creative PEI is funded in whole or in part by the Canada/Prince Edward Island Labour Market Agreements.

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