Creative Saskatchewan was established as a Crown Agency in 2013 to provide support to the creative industries in Saskatchewan. Its purpose is to raise the profiles of creative industries and assist them in becoming a more dynamic creative force locally, nationally, and internationally and to make a significant contribution to the Saskatchewan economy through the commercialization of their products. The creative industries include: music and sound recording, film and television, interactive digital media, visual arts and craft, writing and book publishing, and live performing arts.
After nearly 20 months in operation, government decided it was time to conduct a review to determine if Creative Saskatchewan was fulfilling its mandate. This review was co-ordinated by the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, and involved two streams of inquiry: background research and consultation. In the first stream, government officials conducted summaries of previous studies related to Creative Saskatchewan, the agency's legislation, strategic plan, annual report and Creative Saskatchewan's achievements so far, including grant dispersals. In the second stream, facilitators were hired to conduct consultations with Creative Saskatchewan's board and staff, creative industry associations, applicants, non-applicants, trade contacts and event clients.
This report is a summary of the above-mentioned historical studies and consultations. It is intended to illuminate Creative Saskatchewan's strengths and areas for development going forward.