The Canada Council's support to artists and arts organizations extends beyond its grant and prize programs.

We also offer one-time and recurring initiatives to allow artists, groups and organizations to take advantage of special funding, perform or exhibit work, take part in learning opportunities, network at conferences or showcase at events.

Current and recurring initiatives

Venice Architecture Biennale

International platform that engages critical conversations about contemporary architecture.

Indigenous Delegation to Norway

An Indigenous delegation will attend the Indigenous Histories exhibit at Norway’s Kode Museum with support from the Canada Council.

Canada-Korea Co-Creation Fund

Focused on connections that will deepen and diversify creative, collaborative relationships between Korean artists and artists from Canada.

Francophone delegation to Les Zébrures d’automne

The Canada Council for the Arts will send a francophone delegation of theatre artists to Les Zébrures d’automne, a festival in Limoges, France, where French-speaking Canada is to be the guest of honour.

International Project Incubator hosted by the Commission internationale du théâtre francophone

An initiative to support multilateral theatre creation and circulation projects at the heart of the Francophonie.

Games of La Francophonie

Every four years, the Games of La Francophonie bring together thousands of young athletes and artists. They are the only major international games offering both sports and cultural competitions.

The Arctic Arts Summit

The Canada Council for the Arts, in partnership with the Government of Yukon, will co-host the Arctic Arts Summit June 27–⁠29, 2022.

Canada in Abidjan

The Canada Council for the Arts is proud to fund and coordinate Canada’s participation in Abidjan through collaboration with key partners.

Past initiatives

2022 community gatherings in the Northwest Territories

Two public gatherings are being held in the North West Territories to learn about the communities' experience of arts and culture. You can participate.

Fall 2021 community conversations

Engage with the Canada Council to learn more about our plans to implement the Council’s 2021-26 Strategic Plan

Canada in Edinburgh

Many talents from Canada’s performing arts sector gather each summer in this city of festivals.

Digital Originals

Digital Originals was an initiative to help artists, groups, and organizations share their work online through a partnership with CBC/Radio-Canada.

Canada in Germany

The Canada Council for the Arts is showcasing Canadian creativity in Germany leading up to the 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair where Canada will be the Guest of Honour.

The Creation Accelerator

This initiative is now closed to new applications.

The Canada Council for the Arts and CBC Radio-Canada teamed up to offer the Creation Accelerator, an exciting opportunity for Canadian artists to develop an original concept and create a digital project for potential distribution on CBC/Radio-Canada’s platforms. Phase 1 projects are now in development. Stay tuned for more news about Phase 2 later this year.

Canada at Cervantino

The Canada Council for the Arts supports Canada’s participation as Guest Country at the 2019 Festival International Cervantino in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada and the Embassy of Canada in Mexico.

Americas Cultural Summit

The Americas Cultural Summit brings together arts funders artists and thinkers to promote cultural citizenship.

Carrefour - Composers Residency

Carrefour is a new initiative for emerging culturally diverse or Indigenous composers with the NAC Orchestra.

The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

The Canada Council for the Arts has partnered with the Salzburg Global Seminar to give young cultural innovators from Canada an opportunity to build their leadership skills and engage with other across from the globe.

International Society for the Performing Arts’ Canadian Fellowship Program

The Canadian Fellowship Program gives emerging and mid-career Canadian professionals in the performing arts an opportunity to build leadership skills and connect with leaders in their field from around the world.


{Re}conciliation promotes artistic collaborations that look to the past & future for new dialogues between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.