The Canada Council for the Arts is entering a new era - one that promises to transform its relationship with artists and arts organizations across the country for the better, and that will scale up the impact of the arts for all Canadians.
Strategic Plan 2016-21
Shaping a New Future
Between 2016 and 2021, the Council will strengthen its support for the arts community by enabling a culture of participation, inclusion and diversity.
The Canada Council’s vision for the future is also a vision for the future of our country, a response to our changing social environment and an expression of our shared values. This vision is set out in our 2016-21. Strategic Plan.
By 2021, our direct investment in the arts will gradually increase from $150 million annually (in 2015) to $310 million annually (in 2021).
The Council has set specific benchmarks to maximize the impact of its investments and deliver on its commitments.
Commitments for a New Future
The 2016-21 Strategic Plan is structured around four key commitments. Each commitment includes specific actions for meeting our equity objectives and supporting next-generation artists and audiences.
These commitments will be achieved primarily through our 6 funding programs, our initiatives and our strategic funds.
We commit to supporting the ongoing relationship between Indigenous artists, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences, for a shared future. The Canada Council is adopting an approach that respects and acknowledges First Nations, Inuit and Métis artistic expression, cultural protocols, rights, traditions, and worldviews. We will support projects that stimulate Indigenous artists, enrich their artistic practices, and inspire their communities. This new approach represents a transformation of the way the Council funds, supports and acknowledges the Indigenous arts and cultures of Canada. It recognizes the cultural rights of Indigenous peoples and respects the principle of First Nations, Inuit and Métis self-determination.
We will amplify the quality, scale and sharing of art through digital technology, which is changing the way we relate to the arts and culture, and how we connect with each other and the world. In 2017, the Council hosted the Arts in the Digital World Summit. That same year, we launched the Digital Strategy Fund to support Canadian artists, groups and arts organizations in understanding the digital world, engaging with it, and responding to the cultural and social changes it produces. Between 2017 and 2021, the Canada Council will invest 88.5M$ through this Fund.
We will raise the international profile of Canadian artists and arts organizations, giving them the opportunity to share the best of the arts created in Canada with global audiences. With the help of partners here and abroad, we will help grow Canada’s international presence and complement the efforts of other federal funders to support Canadian artists abroad. We will also foster reciprocity by welcoming international artists to Canada, and by supporting bilateral and multilateral co-productions and artistic residencies and exchanges.
We will invest in artistic research and development, and help next-generation artists to build sustainable careers. We will increase support to artists, collectives and organizations striving for artistic excellence and greater engagement in the arts. And we will measure our impacts to demonstrate results to Canadians.
In addition to the four commitments in its 2016-21 Strategic Plan, the Canada Council will create opportunities for youth and will continue to deepen its longstanding commitment to equity, inclusion and official languages.