Bringing the arts to life

We're proud to be Canada’s public arts funder. We champion and invest in artistic excellence through our grants, services, prizes and payments to Canadian artists and arts organizations.

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Awakening at the Âjagemô Exhibition Space

Awakening features Canadian and Indigenous artists and contributes to the global conversation about the environment.

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Canada in Germany

The Canada Council showcase Canadian creativity in the year leading up to the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair.

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2020 Annual Public Meeting

The Canada Council’s APM took place on January 21, 2020. Read the speeches and watch a recording from the event’s webcast.

Stats and Stories

Stats and Stories 2018-2019

Detailed breakdowns of funding, five-year trends, open data tables and stories about what artists, groups and arts organizations did with their grants.

Expanding the Arts

Our 2019 Expanding the Arts Strategy intends to support the expression and engagement of artists who are Deaf or have disabilities and of arts organizations across Canada that work with them.

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New/Early Career Artists

Learn about an opportunity for new and early career artists to get their first grant.


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Funding Announcements

February–love is in the air for thousands of Canadian authors!

In 2020, the Canada Council for the Arts will make Public Lending Right payments totalling over $12 million to more than 18,000 creators from the literary milieu.

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Prize Winners

Celebrating 20 Years of #GGArts Awards

In 2020, the Canada Council for the Arts celebrates 20 years of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, which have marked the influential and inspiring careers of 170 artists to date.

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Prize Winners

Deaf Performing Artist Recognized for His Leadership and Audacity

Performing artist Chris Dodd has been awarded the Guy Laliberté Prize by the Canada Council for the Arts in honour of his exceptional work.

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Making great strides towards our commitments

At the Canada Council for the Arts’ 2020 APM, Michelle Chawla, Director General of Strategy, Public Affairs, and Public Engagement at the Canada Council for the Arts, spoke on the organization’s recent work towards fulfilling its strategic commitments.

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