Members of the Municipal Cultural Planning Incorporated (MCPI) have come together out of a shared belief in the power of culture to transform local economies and communities. It began with a small working group led by the Ontario Ministry of Culture in 2003 that set out to organize a series of Municipal Cultural Planning Forums. Ten Forums took place between 2005 and 2007 attracting almost 1800 people, with strong representation from senior municipal leaders.

MCPI was subsequently formed as a coalition of provincial government agencies, municipalities, cultural service organizations, post-secondary institutions and others dedicated to promoting MCP across the province