A new future takes shape
In 2019-20, we continued to support an increasingly vibrant, inclusive, and connected arts sector. We did this in alignment with our 2016-21 strategic plan’s four commitments.
The commitments in our 2016-21 strategic plan focus on arts support, increased sharing of artistic creation through digital media, Indigenous creation, and the international presence of the arts. The plan also reaffirms our long-standing commitment to equity, inclusion, and official languages, as well as to the next generation of artists and audiences. The plan presents a vision for stronger support of the arts sector to build a strong culture of engagement with all citizens across Canada and with audiences around the world.
The results presented here are as of the 2019-20 year, the second-to-last year in our strategic plan. As such, they precede the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, we’ve continued to support the arts through our regular programs for which we received more applications. With the support of the Government, we've implemented special funding initiatives, including emergency support for arts organizations, emergency support for Indigenous and equity-seeking groups and organizations, and the Community Cares and Digital Originals initiatives. We’ve also supported digitally focused international events like those for 2020 Edinburgh. We’ll report on the results of these initiatives in the coming months.
Overview of our Commitments
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.