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The Mississauga Culture Master Plan, adopted by Council on June 10, 2009, is the foundation for policy decisions and strategic investments in culture for the city of Mississauga. The Plan specifically directed the Culture Division to establish strategic partnerships with key community stakeholders that are important to shaping the growth of culture in the city. MCRP was established in 2010 based on this specific recommendation.

The objective of the partnership is to create an informal forum where key cultural organizations, community associations, educational establishments, other levels of gevernment and business affiliates can meet regularly, learn and share useful information  that is relevant to Mississauga cultural development.

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE

TERMS OF REFERENCE

1.0 Goals and Objectives The MCRP is a high-level, ongoing cultural resource and information exchange group with the following key goals and objectives:
  • Creating a high-level forum for Mississauga-area organizations and institutions that engage in culture-related research, policies, projects, programs and initiatives, to meet formally as needed and share useful information that could be of collective interest;
  • Creating an organizational-based, Mississauga-focused resource group that could provide formal/informal feedback or contribute to each other's projects, programs and initiatives;
  • Creating a cultural resource group classifiable according to areas of interests such as research, policies, projects, programs and initiatives, etc., with a view to fostering relationships between organizations of similar interests.
2.0 MCRP Members and Selection Criteria The MCRP members are selected based on the strategic directions provided by the Culture Master Plan. Principally, MCRP members are umbrella organizations, policy/research institutions and other establishments whose major focus is to nurture, produce, develop and promote the growth of culture in Mississauga. MCRP members currently comprise of the following five sectors:
  • Government (Federal, Provincial, Regional, Municipal - departments responsible for culture)
  • Education (Post-secondary and School Boards)
  • Culture Organizations (Umbrella organizations and other institutions)
  • Community Associations (BIAs, Ratepayers and other related groups)
  • Business and Private Enterprises (Business/private enterprises of cultural importance)
2.1 Members' Representatives on the MCRP The MCRP is a high-level, "big picture" resource and information exchange group. Because of the nature of this big-picture focus, representatives from selected organizations serving on the MCRP are expected to occupy senior or managerial capacities in their organizations such as directors, executive directors, managers, project leaders and other individuals with direct managerial/supervisory responsibilities. 2.2 How MCRP Will Operate The MCRP operations will focus on three areas: Agenda Items, Yearly Initiatives and Opportunities for Collaborations. 2.2.1 Agenda Items for MCRP Meetings Members will submit formal agenda items to the MCRP project leader ahead of the MCRP meeting. Agenda items can be informational or requiring discussion within the MCRP. Preference will be placed on agenda items that fall under the following categories:
  • Your organization's new project/program, major milestones or a key deliverable requiring collaboration, or some "external" high-level feedback (i.e. invitation to focus group, surveys, comments, etc)
  • Useful information (for MCRP members and/or cultural groups)
  • Best practices - Canada or international
  • New insights, innovation or technologies
  • Cultural breakthroughs
  • New opportunities
2.2.2 Submission of Yearly Initiatives Upon request, MCRP members will submit their high-level/major yearly initiatives, projects, programs, policies, research and other related activities using the appropriate template that will be provided. Submitting this document when required will help provide a single collective document showing various MCRP member activities and initiatives, and foster opportunity for collaboration. 2.2.3 Opportunities for Collaboration Through the agenda items, discussions at meeting and submission of yearly initiatives, members will have opportunities to identify and understand areas of possible formal/informal collaborations, as well as identifying various members who could provide feedback on their various projects and initiatives. 2.3 Meeting Schedules The formal MCRP meetings will be scheduled as follows:
  • Two times a year, depending on agenda items, and pre-booked at the beginning of each year
  • Meetings will be scheduled for 2 hours, usually between 10:00am - 12:00 Noon
  • Individual MCRP member organizations can host meetings
Informal meetings, collaborations and correspondences between individual MCRP members are ongoing based on members' interests, requirements and specific nature of business. 2.4 MCRP Success Criteria The success of the MCRP will be determined by the following:
  • Number of meetings per year
  • Number of attendance at meetings
  • Number of members submitting agenda items
  • Number of major projects, programs and initiatives members submit every year
  • Number of initiatives that MCRP members work collaboratively on, or requiring members' feedback
  • Number of new organizations identified in lines with the MCRP goals and objectives
  • Feedback from individual members
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