Opening doors to Canadian art data

Opening doors to Canadian art data

Posted 18 February 2016 by Canada Council Research Team
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What is Open Data?

Open Data, Open Information, and Open Dialogue – these are all ways of saying that you can have access to our data. More access to data means more transparency and accountability, more citizen engagement, and greater innovation and economic opportunities. Sharing information is directly in line with the Government of Canada’s initiative to work with the national and international open government community. And we’re happy to say that the Canada Council is giving better access to its information to engage dialogue on arts in Canada!

Your access to our information

We can now offer the public detailed statistical data regarding our grant recipients in formatted Excel documents and in a machine readable format (.csv). This means the data can be sorted by programs, regions (e.g. community and federal riding) and can also be added to other databases on arts and culture activities and organizations in Canada. This is exciting news for researchers, arts organizations, funders and many others: this information will help them to have a better picture of a specific reality, activity or practice. This is also exciting news for us: we are better able to respond to your demand for funding data.

Capturing our impact your way

Our downloadable tables Stats and Stories align with international open data standards and include information on each grant recipient, including geography, program, discipline and equity groups for organizations. In addition to grant figures, you can find information on Canada Council Art Bank purchases, Canadian Commission for UNESCO and Special Funds (endowed prizes, Killam Research Fellowships and Prizes and the Japan-Canada Fund). The data, success stories and arts data go hand in hand to illustrate the breadth of Canada Council’s funding activities across Canada and abroad.

This is a pilot project starting with data from 2014-15 and 2013-14 fiscal years but we plan to release more data in the coming years. And we will continue to improve the usability and accessibility of the data.

Open data and you: we want to hear your story

We would like to hear from you about how you are using and benefitting from the data! If you have questions, concerns and comments we would love to hear from you – send us an email at

About the Author: Canada Council Research Team

Our Research, Evaluation and Performance Management team undertakes arts research to develop and share knowledge about Council’s activities, as well as sector-wide trends in the arts. 

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