From 2016 to 2021, we supported an ever more dynamic, inclusive and connected arts sector, and we did it according to the four broad commitments in our 2016–21 strategic plan.
The commitments in our 2016–21 strategic plan focussed on arts support, increased sharing of artistic creation through digital media, Indigenous creation and the international presence of the arts. The plan also reaffirmed our long-standing commitment to equity, inclusion and official languages, as well as to the next generation of artists and audiences. The plan presented a vision for stronger support of the arts sector to build a strong culture of engagement with all people across Canada and with audiences around the world.
In the final year of that plan and during the pandemic, we continued to support the arts through our regular programs, for which we received more applications. With the support of the government, we 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 also supported digitally focussed international events like those for the 2020 Edinburgh festivals. We will 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 created opportunities for youth and will continue to deepen its longstanding commitment to equity, inclusion and official languages.