1. Priorities
  2. Ongoing priorities
  3. Equity
  4. Accessibility


This page identifies accessible and alternative formats, services and supports which are available to potential applicants, who are Deaf or have disabilities, or have other barriers which require accommodation.

The design of this site respects the accessibility principles found in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 AA.


Applicants may choose various ways to communicate with Council staff:

  • Written English and French
  • Spoken English and French
  • American Sign Language (ASL) – arrangements and notification must be made in advance
  • Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) – arrangements and notification must be made in advance

Access Support

Individual applicants who are Deaf and/or have disabilities, including people living with mental illness, and Deaf and disability arts groups, may apply for funds to cover disability-related supports and services required to complete a project funded through a Canada Council program. Details and application forms for Access Support are found within each specific granting program.

Application Assistance

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.

Signed, audio and captioned videos

View signed, audio and captioned videos summarizing the Deaf and Disability Arts Strategy (ASL).

Access and Evaluation Questionnaires

Access and Evaluation Questionnaires will be sent to all artists invited to sit on peer or advisory committees to ensure that access related needs, including sign language interpretation and dietary requirements, are met.

Other documents

Other documents with information on the Council’s strategic approach to access for and assessment of applicants from Deaf and disability arts communities:

Equity Office

Canada Council for the Arts

150 Elgin St. P.O. Box 1047

Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5V8

Telephone: 613-566-4414

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588

For people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or TTY users, please use your preferred MRS (Message Relay Service) or IP service to contact us.