Bringing the arts to life

We're proud to be Canada’s public arts funder. We contribute to the vibrancy of a creative and diverse arts and literary scene through our grants, services, prizes and payments to Canadian artists and arts organizations. 

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New date: March 30, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. (EDT)

2022 Annual Public Meeting


Important Information related to

How the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is affecting our programs and services.

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2020-21 Annual Report: Arts and Resilience

The 2020-21 Annual Report: Arts and Resilience covers the last year of the Council’s activities and work toward its 2016-21 strategic plan commitments.

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Meet the 2021 Walter Carsen Prize Winner

Guitarist and composer Don Ross has won the 2021 Walter Carsen prize.

New funding for innovation

Change-makers with bold ideas about how to rebuild an arts sector that is resilient, sustainable, inclusive, and equitable can now apply. Take the next step by learning more about our funding opportunities.

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Discover our best books of 2021

The winners of the Governor General’s Literary Awards have been announced

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

A shared message from our Director and CEO and Chair on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation  

Investing in the arts, now more than ever

Simon Brault discusses the Council’s recovery-related investments and initiatives for rebuilding a more equitable and resilient sector.

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2021 Molson Prize winners

The 2021 Molson Prize recipients, Gordon J.G. Asmundson and M. NourbeSe Philip, reflect on their contributions to Canada’s cultural and intellectual life.

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Art, now more than ever : our strategic plan 2021-26

The Canada Council for the Arts’ strategic vision for 2021–26 is a rallying call to rebuild a stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive sector.

Our impact: by the numbers


Support to Indigenous artists, groups and arts organizations


Communities across Canada in which grants, prizes and payments were awarded


Support to first-time recipients