The Canada Council for the Arts is entering a new era - one that promises to transform its relationship with artists and arts organizations across the country for the better, and that will scale up the impact of the arts for all Canadians.
Over the next five years, the Canada Council will be strengthening its support for the arts community by fostering a culture of participation, inclusion, and diversity.
The Canada Council’s vision for the future is also a vision for the future of our country, a response to our changing social environment and an expression of our shared values.
This vision is set out in our 2016-21 Strategic Plan.
The 2016-21 Strategic Plan is structured around four commitments. Each commitment includes strategies for meeting our equity objectives and supporting next-generation artists and audiences.
These four commitments will be achieved primarily through our six funding programs.
Here’s our plan to optimize the federal government's $550 million dollar investment.
We commit to supporting the ongoing relationship between Indigenous artists, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences, for a shared future. The Canada Council is adopting an approach that respects and acknowledges First Nations, Inuit and Métis artistic expression, cultural protocols, rights, traditions, and worldviews. We will support projects that stimulate Indigenous artists, enrich their artistic practices, and inspire their communities. This new approach represents a transformation of the way the Council funds, supports and acknowledges the Indigenous arts and cultures of Canada. It recognizes the cultural rights of Indigenous peoples and respects the principle of First Nations, Inuit and Métis self-determination.
We will amplify the quality, scale and sharing of art through digital technology, which is changing the way we relate to the arts and culture, and how we connect with each other and the world. Artists and arts organizations need to be able to thrive in this radically changing environment. Increased financial support will help them take advantage of technology to create new artistic visions and experiences, to reach new audiences and to transform their organizations and ways of working.
We will raise the international profile of Canadian artists and arts organizations, giving them the opportunity to share the best of the arts created in Canada with global audiences. With the help of partners here and abroad, we will help grow Canada’s international presence and complement the efforts of other federal funders to support Canadian artists abroad. We will also foster reciprocity by welcoming international artists to Canada, and by supporting bilateral and multilateral co-productions and artistic residencies and exchanges.
We will invest in artistic research and development, and help next-generation artists to build sustainable careers. We will increase support to artists, collectives and organizations striving for artistic excellence and greater engagement in the arts. And we will measure our impacts to demonstrate results to Canadians.
In addition to the four commitments in the Strategic Plan, the Canada Council will continue to deepen its longstanding commitment to equity and inclusion.