Literary Readings and Residencies Program: Residencies


Grant Amount

$3,000 - $20,000

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The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.

Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 660.7 KB].


Program Description

The Literary Readings and Residencies Program has two components:

  • Literary Readings
  • Residencies

The Literary Readings component has separate guidelines and forms.

The Residencies component provides grants to Canadian organizations that wish to retain the services of a literary creator in residence, and are able to match the contribution made by the Canada Council. It enables the literary creator (writer, storyteller, spoken word and literary performance artist) to work on a writing project and encourages exchange between the community and the creator

During the residency, the creator also plays a mentorship role and contributes to the quality of life of a community through his/her activities.


Les activités habituellement soutenues par ce programme seront à nouveau admissibles dans le Nouveau modèle de financement à partir d’avril 2017.

Grant Amount

Grants range from $3,000 to $20,000 as a contribution to the creators’s salary and travel costs.

Host organizations are expected to provide a cash contribution that matches the grant amount requested from the Canada Council.

Eligible expenses

  • Creator’s salary
  • Creator’s travel costs (maximum of 5%)


Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.

Eligible hosts

Canadian organizations such as public libraries, writers’ associations, post-secondary institutions, literary national arts service organizations for literary creators, bookstores and non-literary organizations such as community centres are eligible to this program.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have the organizational and financial capacities to host a professional Canadian literary creator in an effective and professional manner. Hosts are encouraged to issue a call for proposals and to develop public lecture series or innovative ways of fostering public appreciation for Canadian literature as part of the activities planned for the residence. Residencies that involve creators from outside the host’s city or communities not typically exposed to Canadian literature are particularly encouraged.

Before applying to the program, host organizations must contact the proposed creator to obtain his agreement to fulfil the terms of the residency. A written agreement between the host and the creator must be signed and included in the application.

Hosts must also determine whether the creators are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and whether they have a significant body of professionally published literary works or of professionally produced performances.

Duration of Residencies

The residency must take place over an uninterrupted period of time, from a minimum of two months to a maximum of 12 months.


Further Information

Mona Kiame
Program Officer
Writing and Publishing Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4016

TTY: 1-866-585-5559