1. Funding
  2. Grants
  3. Supporting Artistic Practice
  4. Professional Development for Arts Professionals

Professional Development for Arts Professionals

Supporting Artistic Practice

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Apply on the portal

Create an account and submit one or more profile(s) for validation at least 30 days before you want to apply

Due to COVID-19: 

  • the Canada Council has established a blackout period during which time we will not be supporting some travel-related activities  
  • there may be restrictions or conditions on projects in which public gatherings are an essential part  

The Professional Development for Arts Professionals component of Supporting Artistic Practice supports the career growth of Canadian arts professionals by encouraging knowledge-sharing and participation in a wide range of development opportunities. Grants fund activities that contribute to the advancement of Canadian arts professionals.


You may be eligible for Application Assistance to pay someone to help you with the application process if you are experiencing difficulty and self-identify as:

  • an artist who is Deaf, hard of hearing, has a disability or is living with a mental illness
  • a First Nations, Inuit or Métis artist facing language, geographic and/or cultural barriers.

Traveling abroad

If you are planning to travel abroad as part of your project, you can request a letter of introduction identifying you as a Canada Council grant holder. Presenting the letter to the cultural attaché at the Canadian embassy or high commission, to other officials, or to arts organizations may allow access to facilities not available to the general public. Contact your Program Officer to request the letter. Global Affairs Canada may also be able to help you present your project through official channels.

It is advisable to learn about any visa requirements from a consulate or the consular section of the embassy of the country concerned. Contact the host country’s embassy or consulate in Canada, and inform Global Affairs Canada. If you are traveling abroad to countries requiring visas, you should also communicate with individuals and institutions in the host country before traveling abroad.


Because Canada Council grants are considered taxable income, you may wish to receive the funds in the same year(s) that you have expenses related to your activities. You may also request to receive your project grant over multiple years. The Canada Council issues T4A slips to individuals at the appropriate time. If you have any tax-related questions, contact the Canada Revenue Agency or your provincial or territorial revenue department. Read more about income taxes and your grant.

Enhanced review

The Canada Council may randomly or selectively undertake a deep analysis of recipients’ activities after a grant has been awarded. This may include

  • Substantive review of application documentation
  • Site visit
  • External assessment of activities
  • Request for substantiation of financial information provided
  • Audit of an applicant or project

Grant amounts may be reviewed or revised if Enhanced Review has found serious misrepresentation or errors in a profile registration, a grant application or a report.

To calculate the amount you can request for travel costs, see the fixed travel rates.

Activities - what you can apply for

Professional development activities or sharing expertise with other Canadian arts professionals, including but not limited to:

  • mentorships
  • internships
  • specialized training
  • taking or giving workshops
  • research
  • participation in conferences, seminars or other significant events

You can’t apply for activities that occur before your project start date, those that receive funding from another Canada Council program or those on the general list of ineligible activities.

Who can apply

Types of potential applicants to this component include:

  • arts professionals (those who play non-artistic roles such as administrators, technicians, etc.)
  • cultural connectors

Your eligibility to apply to this component is determined by the validated profile created in the portal.