1. About
  2. Governance

The Canada Council for the Arts, a federal Crown corporation, is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage and is governed by an 11-member Board.

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Our Mandate

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate :

To foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts

The Council champions and invests in artistic excellence through a broad range of grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. Its work ensures that excellent, vibrant and diverse art and literature engages Canadians, enriches their communities and reaches markets around the world.

The Council also raises public awareness and appreciation of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities. It is responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO in Canada to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.

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Board Members

The Board consists of the Chair, Vice-Chair and nine other members from across Canada. Along with the Director and CEO, members are appointed by the Governor in Council for fixed terms. The Governor in Council Selection Process is open, transparent, and merit-based to encourage continued trust in Canada’s democracy and ensure the integrity of its public institutions. The Board meets at least three times a year and is responsible for the oversight of the organization’s policies, programs, budgets and grant decisions.

Chair, Jesse Wente
Vice Chair, Marie Pier Germain
Cheryl Hickman
Ingrid Leong
Stephane Moraille
Ben Nind
Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski
Irfhan Rawji
Karl Schwonik
Gaëtane Verna
Charlie Wall-Andrews

Learn more about our Board members

The Director and CEO and Senior Management

Led by the Director and CEO, the Canada Council’s Senior Management is responsible for establishing and implementing the broad directions and vision developed by the Board, as well as managing the organization. It includes senior decision-makers from the organization’s main divisions and offices who work together to advance priorities across the Council.


Strategic Plans

A five-year strategic vision for the organization.

Annual Report

Work and activities accomplished in the preceding year.

Annual Public Meeting

The public is invited to attend the Council’s Annual Public Meeting (APM) each year. The meeting is livestreamed on the Council’s website and the public can also participate through social media.

Learn more about the APM