The Department of Canadian Heritage welcomes numerous delegations from various countries every year to share and exchange on good practices and experience on a wide variety of issues and topics, including multiculturalism, aboriginal policies and programs, broadcasting policies, cultural industries policies and programs, and support for cultural activities such as theatre and the visual arts. In 2007, Canadian Heritage officials met with government representatives from countries such as China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom and Brazil. Other examples include:
- South Africa: Canada and South Africa have engaged in various areas of cultural cooperation over recent years, including but not limited to the digitalisation of cultural heritage, policy exchange on copyright, audiovisual cooperation and the development of an art bank. In May 2007, in the context of the Fourth Annual Canada-South Africa Bilateral Consultations, PCH hosted a delegation of representatives from the Department of Arts and Culture of South Africa to further discussions on the next areas of cultural cooperation. Agreement was reached on the following initiatives: heritage training in areas of preservation and conservation, performance management and governance including best practices for cultural institutions, and the promotion of audio-visual co-productions. Both departments have been in contact to define and put in place the activities that will fall under these three areas of cooperation.
- Jamaica:In November 2007, Canadian Heritage welcomed a delegation from Jamaica to participate in the Cultural Information Systems and Cultural Portals Knowledge Exchange Session to support their efforts in creating a Cultural Information System for Jamaica. Although Jamaica is a leader in its region with regard to digitisation of cultural information, the Jamaican representatives approached Canada to discuss the department’s experience and best practices in the creation of Culture.ca and Culturescope.ca. Jamaica plans to share the knowledge obtained in Canada during the five-day programme to assist fellow counterparts in the Caribbean in the development of their own systems.