The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to transparency, integrity and inclusiveness in its funding decisions, with peer assessment at the heart of its decision-making processes. Peer assessment is the basis for the majority of the Canada Council’s arts funding decisions as to which artists, arts professionals, artistic groups and arts organizations receive funding.
In selecting artists and arts professionals to participate in our peer assessment process, the Canada Council looks for individuals who have the experience, knowledge and open-mindedness to make a fair and expert evaluation of the comparative merits of applications and nominations for grants and prizes.
Peers are respected and credible within their artistic community or field (and scholarly communities in the case of prizes) and have professional experience and knowledge related to the assessment criteria and the types of applications or nominations submitted.
The Canada Council maintains a registry of potential peer assessors that is used to assemble peer assessment committees that represent a variety of experience and perspectives, while still bringing expert knowledge to the assessment.
Artists and arts professionals that are interested in being peer assessors are asked to self-nominate using the portal. The steps are as follows:
We have developed a clear and concise set of updated policies to guide the assessment process and the awarding of grants.