Every year the Canada Council awards a broad range of prestigious prizes to more than 200 Canadian artists and scholars in recognition of their quest for innovation and excellence.
Three ways to apply
To submit an application or nomination to Prizes, please refer to each individual Prizes’ page on the website for further details. At this time, applications and nominations for prizes cannot be made through the Portal.
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The Bernard Diamant Prize offers classical music singers under age 35 an opportunity to pursue their career through further studies.
2 prizes valued at $10,000 each
- 1 English-language work
- 1 French-language work
The Canada-Japan Literary Awards recognize literary excellence by Canadian writers and translators who write, or translate from Japanese into Engl...
$1,000 - $6,000
The CBC Literary Prizes recognize talented Anglophone writers in three categories: Short Story, Nonfiction and Poetry.
The Coburn Fellowships are awarded to one student at the University of Toronto and another at the University of Tel Aviv or the Hebrew University ...
The Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography is awarded to a professional photographer for personal creative work or to pursue postgraduate s...
The Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition is a major contemporary music competition that rewards the most talented young artists in the cat...
Up to 8 awards are given annually:
- 6 Artistic Achievement
- 1 Saidye Bronfman Award
- 1 Outstanding Contribution
The Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts are granted to artists in recognition of remarkable careers in either of those fields.
- Winning books: 14 awards of $25,000 and a $3,000 grant to each publisher
- Finalists: $1,000 per book
The Governor General's Literary Awards are presented in recognition of the best Anglophone and best Francophone book in each of seven categories...
The Governor General's Medals in Architecture recognize and celebrate outstanding design in recently built projects by Canadian architects.
The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards recognize the work of experienced Canadian artists who have made remarkable contributions to the per...
The Healey-Willan Prize is awarded for the best performance in the National Competition for Amateur Choirs.
By Grant Application
The Jacqueline Lemieux Prize recognizes the work of an established dance professional who has made an outstanding contribution to dance in Canada.
The J.B.C Watkins Awards are an opportunity for artists to develop their talents in music or theatre and to pursue graduate studies at the interna...
The J.B.C. Watkins Award: Architecture is offered to a Canadian professional architect wishing to pursue postgraduate studies outside Canada, idea...
The Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts assists non-profit visual arts organizations and fine crafts professionals in undertaking projects that c...
The Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestra Conducting is given to a promising young Canadian conductor for their excellent work.
By Grant Application
The Joan Yvonne Lowndes Award is given to an independent critic or curator in recognition of the outstanding quality of their writing on contempor...
The John G. Diefenbaker Award allows a distinguished German scholar in the humanities to conduct research in Canada and spend brief periods gainin...
2 prizes of $6,000 each
- 1 prize for the English-language community
- 1 prize for the French-language community
The John Hirsch Prizes recognize the artistic merit and potential of emerging theatre directors.
Two prizes up to $10,000 each
The John Hobday Awards in Arts Management are granted to talented arts managers in Canadian professional arts organizations for professional devel...
By Grant Application
The Joseph S. Stauffer Prizes are awarded to Canadian artists who exhibit strong artistic potential in music, visual arts and literature.
The Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music encourages Canadian professional composers to create avant-garde chamber music and to foster its perfo...
- 5 prizes of $100,000 each
- 1 discipline per prize
The Killam Prizes are awarded to active Canadian scholars who have made a significant and remarkable contribution to their respective fields in th...
The Killam Research Fellowships are awarded to active Canadian scholars who have made a significant and remarkable contribution to their respectiv...
First Prize $25,000
Second Prize $15,000
The Michael Measures Prizes recognize promising young Canadian classical music performers.
2 prizes valued at $50,000 each:
- 1 prize in the arts
- 1 prize in the social sciences and humanities
The Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes are awarded to two persons – one in the arts and the other in the social sciences and humanities, wh...
Every three years, talented Canadian professional classical musicians compete for a chance to borrow one of the 20 legendary instruments from the ...
The Peter Dwyer Scholarships are awarded to the most promising students at the both National Ballet School and the National Theatre School of Canada.
The Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners is awarded to a recent graduate from a Canadian architectural school who has demonstra...
The Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture is awarded to a young practitioner of architecture or an architectural firm that has completed their...
By Grant Application
The Robert Fleming Prize is awarded to an exceptionally talented young Canadian composer to further their career development.
The Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement is given to a practitioner of architecture or an architectural firm. The successful candidat...
The winner’s artwork will be acquired by the Canadian Museum of History for its permanent collection
The Saidye Bronfman Award is a top distinction bestowed annually on a Canadian craftsperson for excellence in the fine crafts.
The Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Awards are given for outstanding artistic achievement by Canadian artists in seven disciplines: Dance, Inter-Arts...
The Vida Peene Awards are made annually to eight specified organizations from the investment proceeds of an endowment worth almost $600,000.
The Virginia Parker Prize is awarded to a musician, instrumentalist or classical music conductor under the age of 32 who demonstrates outstanding ...
The Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achieve...
The York Wilson Endowment Award enables art museums and non-profit public art galleries to purchase original works by living, contemporary Canadia...
Individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations may make donations and help build Canada's artistic future, enabling the Canada Council to sustain and encourage the arts in Canada.