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Our digital investment fosters the sharing of artistic creation, enhances skills, and supports the transformation of organizational models and practices across the arts sector.

Overall result

With our digital investment, we’re amplifying the quality, scale and sharing of art through digital technology in Canada and abroad—which is changing the way audiences relate to the arts and culture and how they connect with each other and the wider world. Artists and organizations need to be able to thrive in this radically changing environment. During the COVID-19 pandemic—and the implementation of physical-distancing measures—this commitment has played an important role in the arts. The Council is on track to honour its commitment to invest $88.5 million by 2020-21 to advance the arts sector’s digital capacity.

Targets and investments

The Canada Council for the Arts’ investment in its digital fund as of 2019-20


This infographic shows the Council’s planned and actual investment for its digital fund towards a target investment by 2020-21. 

  • Planned investment for digital fund as of 2019-20: $56M 
  • Actual investment for digital fund as of 2019-20: $50.3M 
  • Target date to invest a total of $88.5M for digital fund: 2020-21 
  • Current status: In progress 


A fund to advance the digital capacity of the arts

The Council’s Digital Strategy Fund supports the arts sector to better understand and embrace the changes driven by digital technology, and to continue moving forward.

In 2019-20, the fund supported 141 new initiatives across the country with a total of $15M.

The Creation Accelerator: a new digital opportunity

The $1M Creation Accelerator funding initiative provides opportunities for Canadian artists to develop an original concept and create a digital project for potential distribution on CBC/Radio-Canada’s platforms. In collaboration with CBC/Radio-Canada, the Council launched this new catalyst tool to amplify digital creation in Canada.

The Council received applications from across the country in every artistic discipline, and it supported 24 projects from 11 communities.

Enhancing digital collaboration

In the summer of 2019, the Council undertook several information sessions on the Digital Strategy Fund, followed by informal networking sessions that brought together about 800 people—including past recipients, interested applicants, and digital community members—to discuss shared perspectives, common goals, and possible collaborative projects. These sessions took place in 13 communities across the country: Calgary, Charlottetown, Edmonton, Fredericton, Halifax, Montréal, North Bay, Ottawa, Regina, St. John’s, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.

Then, in October 2019, the Canada Council hosted a gathering of 38 Digital Strategy Fund recipients in Toronto—the first gathering of its kind. This initiative gave recipients the opportunity to discuss both positive and challenging experiences and explore future needs related to the digital transformation of the arts sector.

Learn more about our commitments

Annual Report 2019-2020

Annual Report

The Canada Council for the Arts issues an Annual Report that details its activities and work towards its strategic plan commitments. The Report touches on the Council’s major accomplishments and initiatives, as well as the contributions of artists and organizations that bring these accomplishments to life. The Annual Report affirms the importance, necessity and impact of public arts funding for Canadians.

Read the Annual Report