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The Canada Council for the Arts, a federal Crown corporation, is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage and is governed by an 11-member Board.

Our Mandate

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate :

To foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts

The Council champions and invests in artistic excellence through a broad range of grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. Its work ensures that excellent, vibrant and diverse art and literature engages Canadians, enriches their communities and reaches markets around the world.

The Council also raises public awareness and appreciation of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO in Canada to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.

See the Canada Council's Corporate Policies.

Board Members

The Board consists of a Chair, Vice-Chair and nine other members from across Canada. Along with the Director and CEO, they are appointed by the Governor in Council for fixed terms. The Board meets at least three times a year and is responsible for the organization's policies, programs, budgets and grant decisions.

Chair, Pierre Lassonde C.M., O.Q.
Vice-Chair, Nathalie Bondil, C.M., C.Q.
Beverley K. Foy
Isabelle Hudon
Cheryl Sharfe

Learn more about our Board members

Director and CEO: Simon Brault

The Canada Council for the Arts is organized in four main divisions, led by Director Generals that form the Executive Management Committee and report directly to the CEO. They are: Arts Granting Programs, Communications and Public Engagement, Corporate Services and Strategy and Public Affairs. The CEO also oversees the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

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Strategic Plan 2016-21

Shaping a New Future

Annual Report

2015-2016

Annual Public Meeting

The public is invited to attend the Council’s Annual Public Meeting (APM) each year. The meeting is livestreamed on the Council’s website and the public can also participate through social media.

Learn more about the APM