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Stats and Stories 2018-19
British Columbia Funding Overview

Stats and Stories presents a breadth of information about the Canada Council’s funding: detailed breakdowns of funding, five-year trends, open data tables and stories about what artists, groups and arts organizations did with their grants.

British Columbia at a glance

Grants in British Columbia

$36.2M

Grants to arts organizations

$27.2M

Grants to groups

$1.6M

Grants to artists

$7.4M

Total Canada Council grants in Canada

$242.7M

Arts organizations supported

292

Groups supported

62

Artists supported

437

Other programs and activities

$1.7M

First-time grant recipients

225

Communities where grants where awarded

81

Artists and arts professionals who served as peer assessors

61

Breakdown of funding in British Columbia

Funding by program or division

Program or division Amount
Explore and Create $10.4M
Engage and Sustain $10.5M
Creating, Knowing and Sharing: the Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples $2.6M
Supporting Artistic Practice $3.7M
Arts Across Canada $3.7M
Arts Abroad $1.9M
Prizes Section $153.5K
Strategic Funds - Digital Strategy Fund $3.0M
Strategic Funds - Other $249.9K
Art Bank $0.0M
Canadian Commission for UNESCO $0.0M
Public Lending Right payments $1.6M

Funding by field of practice

Field of practice Amount
Circus Arts $63.6K
Dance $5.1M
Deaf and Disability Arts $442.6K
Digital Arts $57.6K
Indigenous Arts $2.9M
Inter-Arts $1.0M
Literature $3.4M
Media Arts $2.1M
Multidisciplinary Activities $1.8M
Music and Sound $7.5M
Theatre $6.5M
Visual Arts $5.2M
Other Discipline $26.5K

5-year trend: grant amounts

Year Amount
2014-15 $20.2M
2015-16 $21.0M
2016-17 $27.2M
2017-18 $31.8M
2018-19 $36.2M

Highest funded organizations

Organization Link Amount
Vancouver Symphony Society https://www.vancouversymphony.ca/ $1.9M
Ballet BC https://balletbc.com/ $932.6K
Pacific Opera Victoria https://pacificopera.ca/ $698.5K
Vancouver Opera https://www.vancouveropera.ca/ $690.0K
Arts Club Theatre Company https://artsclub.com/ $614.0K
Western Front Society https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Art-Gallery/Western-Front-164127636934501/ $516.2K
Western Canada Theatre https://www.wctlive.ca/ $430.0K
Vancouver East Cultural Centre https://thecultch.com $406.3K
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery https://belkin.ubc.ca/ $380.0K
Victoria Symphony https://victoriasymphony.ca/ $363.8K
Notes

Opening doors to Canadian arts data

We offer the public detailed statistical data regarding our grant recipients in formatted Excel documents and in a machine readable format (.csv). Data can be sorted by programs, regions (e.g. community and census metropolitan area) and can also be added to other databases on arts and culture activities and organizations in Canada. 

Data Tables
AnnualReport_2018-2019

Annual Report

Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts makes its Annual Report available to the public. This document reviews the Council’s commitments from its five-year strategic plan and highlights the year’s major projects while showcasing the work of funded artists and organizations. The Annual Report demonstrates the importance, necessity and impact of public arts funding.

Read the Annual Report

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