Our international investment supported the strong and sustainable presence of Canadian artists and organizations and their work in the world.
With our commitment to international outreach, the Council raised the profile of Canadian artists and arts organizations, making sure they had the opportunity to share the best of the arts created in Canada with global audiences. We also fostered reciprocity by welcoming international artists to Canada and by supporting bilateral and multilateral co-productions and artist residencies.
In 2019–20, we surpassed our commitment to double our support for international activities. The COVID-19 pandemic posed significant challenges to our ongoing work in this area. We adapted our approaches so that artists from Canada could continue to reach people around the world despite travel restrictions and the cancellation and postponement of many international arts gatherings.
Targets and investments
This infographic shows the Council’s planned and actual investment to support international activities towards reaching its target for 2020–21.
- Baseline support for international activities in 2015–16: $10 million
- Actual investment to support international activities as of 2020–21: $16.2 million
- Target investment to support international activities by 2020–21: $20 million
- Final status: Not met in 2020–21 due to COVID-19. The Council surpassed its target in 2019–20, providing $33.3 million in funding.