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

A selection of photographs of colourful paintings, photographs and other artworks installed in Art Bank client boardrooms, receptions and sitting areas.  #ArtBank50 is written in white text on a blue background in the bottom right corner.

The 50th anniversary of the Art Bank

As part of the Canada Council Art Bank 50th celebrations, an open call for purchases has been launched.

View of the exhibition, Looking the World in the Face.

Looking the World in the Face at Âjagemô Exhibition Space

Explore the artists and works selected to highlight 50 years of the Art Bank – both in person and online.


2022 Annual Public Meeting

Our APM took place on March 30, 2022. Watch a video recording of the event.


Killam Prize

Discover Canada's most inspiring researchers for 2022, the Killam Prize winners.

A painted fence resembling the Ukrainian flag.

(Updated) In Solidarity with Ukraine

Canada Council for the Arts Director and CEO Simon Brault explains the measures the Council is adopting in response to the Russian invasion in Ukraine.

2022 Winners of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

Meet the 2022 winners of this prestigious award celebrating Canada's vibrant arts community and recognizing remarkable careers.

CEO Blog

We Need Art Now More Than Ever, but There Is No Art Without Artists

Simon Brault, Director of the Canada Council for the Arts, speaks to the immediate and long-term need for help for Canada’s artists.

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.

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