12. The relevance of the framework to public policy

The framework reflects the role of public policy in the culture sector. Historically, the objectives of culture policy have been to develop national policies and programs that promote Canadian content, foster culture participation, encourage active citizenship and participation in Canada's civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians. The framework provides the necessary structure to support policy makers in developing and monitoring cultural policy.

Since its creation in 2004, the Canadian Framework for Culture Statistics (CFCS) has provided a measurement framework to support public policy related to the creation, production, dissemination and use of culture products. Much government support for culture focuses on encouraging economic development of the Canadian supply chain through grants, contributions, and tax credits or regulation to ensure the availability of products that reflect the diversity and originality of Canadian creators. Other policies encourage modification of the behaviour of consumers to achieve certain social outcomes such as supporting minority language communities through targeted funding of minority language culture production, or encouraging a greater sense of national identity through Canadian content products.

Information gathering is an essential part of the proper management of programs and the development of public policies. The CFCS provides a common conceptual tool to support public policy and decision-makers, businesses, researchers and the interested public in understanding, developing, assessing, and evaluating programs and policies.

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