Accessibility to Programs and Services

The Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) is in the process of creating broad access to its programs and services for professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. The following page identifies accessible and alternative formats, services and supports which are available to potential applicants who are Deaf or have disabilities.

  1. The design of this site respects the accessibility principles found in the WCAG 2.0 AA.
  2. Applicants who cannot view documents and forms in PDF format can contact the program officer for the grant to which they are applying to receive these in alternative formats.
  3. Applicants may choose various ways to communicate with Council staff:
    • Written English and French
    • Spoken English and French
    • American Sign Language (ASL) – arrangements and notification must be made in advance
    • Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) – arrangements and notification must be made in advance
  4. Access Support: Applicants who are Deaf or have disabilities may apply for access support to cover disability-related costs associated with carrying out a proposed artistic project. This funding will only be awarded if the grant application for the project itself is successful and funds are awarded. Details and application forms for Access Support are found within each specific granting program.
  5. Applications and final reports must be submitted in written English or written French. If you must pay for access support services (such as transcription, sign language interpretation, etc.) to submit these documents, the Canada Council may contribute toward these costs. For more information about reimbursement, please contact the Equity Office before incurring these costs.
  6. Signed, audio and captioned videos summarizing the Deaf and Disability Arts Strategy as well as the Capacity Building program are available on the Canada Council’s website under the Equity Office.
  7. A questionnaire will be sent to all artists invited to sit on peer or advisory committees to ensure that access related needs, including Sign interpretation and dietary requirements, are met.
  8. The following documents are posted on the web which informs the Council on its strategic approach to access for and assessment of applicants from Deaf and disability arts communities:

Further information

Equity Office
1-800-263-5588 or 613-566-4414 
TTY TTY  machine*: 1-866-585-5559

* TTY is a telecommunication device for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired.

Sheila James 
ext. 5221 
Alan Shain
Disability Arts Officer
ext. 4689 
Shuni Tsou
Program Officer
ext. 4173 
Vanessa Novack
Senior Administrative Assistant
ext. 4102