The Canada Council for the Arts champions and invests in artistic excellence through grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists, groups and arts organizations.
The Canada Council helps individual artists, groups and arts organizations engage in projects and activities. Grants are available for Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have specialized training — though not necessarily in an academic setting — and are recognized as professionals by other artists in the field of practice.
The grants provided to individuals are most principally used for creation, production and presenting works as well as professional development, residency, travel and the development of the sector.
in grants in 2015-16
artists received grants in 2015-16
The Canada Council awards prizes and fellowships in a wide variety of fields of practice, often in partnership with other organizations. They are designed for artists working in a specific field or those at a certain stage in their career.
Prizes and Fellowships in Arts, Humanities and Sciences
Almost $3M in prizes awarded each year
Over 200 artists and scholars are awarded prizes each year
In addition to granting programs, the Canada Council also makes use of strategic funds. These are special funding mechanisms created in response to particular issues.
Through its granting activities, the Canada Council works to fulfill its mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.
Peer assessment is the basis for the majority of the Canada Council's funding decisions. The Canada Council's commitment to peer assessment is based on the conviction that it is the best possible means of identifying outstanding ability and artistic merit. You may be eligible to be a peer assessor.
The Public Lending Right (PLR) program, administered by the Public Lending Right Commission, compensates writers for the free public access provided to their works in Canadian libraries.
registered authors in 2015-16
registered titles in 2015-16
distributed to authors in 2015-16
Funding recipients must acknowledge the Canada Council's support, in all their printed and promotional materials, for the works and activities which receive our financial support.