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Arts Support

Our increased support for the arts responds to the evolution of artistic creation, engages an increasingly diverse public, and fosters renewal and growth.

Overall result

With our commitment to increase support for the arts, we’re galvanizing artistic research and development and helping the emergence and visibility of the next generation of artists. We’re also increasing our support to artists, collectives and organizations in their work towards artistic excellence and greater engagement in the arts by Canada’s increasingly diverse public. We’ve achieved this split between project and core funding and surpassed our goal to ensure 25% of our new funds reach new recipients.

Targets and investments

The Canada Council for the Arts’ targets and investments for project and core funding

Details

This infographic shows the Council’s percentage split between its project and core funding as of 2019-20 towards its goal of reaching a 50/50 split by 2020-21.

  • Split between project and core funding in 2019-20: 50.4% to project funding and 49.6% to core funding 
  • Baseline of split in 2015-16: 36% to project funding and 64% to core funding
  • Current status: Achieved 
The Canada Council for the Arts’ investment of new funds to new recipients

Details

This infographic shows the Council’s planned and actual investment of new funds to new recipients towards its goal investment by 2020-21. 

  • Planned investment of new funds to new recipients as of 2019-20: $92.5M 
  • Actual investment of new funds to new recipients as of 2019-20: $159.4M 
  • Target investment of new funds to new recipients by 2020-21: $137.5M 
  • Current status: Surpassed 

Highlights

Equity and inclusion in the granting programs and strategic funds

From 2016-17 to 2020-21, core funding to:

  • Indigenous organizations increased almost threefold from $1.5M to $4.3M
  • culturally diverse organizations increased more than double from $3.9M to $7.9M
  • Deaf and disability arts organizations increased almost sixfold from $170K to $960K
  • anglophone OLM organizations increased almost double from $2.2M to $4.0M
  • francophone OLM organizations increased almost double from $2.2M to $3.8M

17,976 Creators strong

The Public Lending Right (PLR) Program distributed an additional $2.5M in yearly payments to creators whose works are in Canada’s public libraries. This follows an addition of $2.5M last year. This means the PLR’s budget, which is now close to $15M, has increased by 50%.

In 2019-20, the PLR program delivered $14.8M in payments to 17,976 authors—including to new authors, new titles and, for the first time this year, creators of audio books held in public libraries. Altogether, these payments marked an increase of 20.3% over the previous year’s payments of $12.3M.

Expanded outreach

Working with local partners, the Council held 60 outreach activities in communities across Canada. This included information sessions and workshops to help artists and arts organizations understand the Council’s programs and application process.

Among these outreach activities, the Council hosted multi-day Collab sessions in Ontario and British Columbia to help new and early career artists apply for their first grant from the Council or improve their next application. After these sessions, over 95% of attendees reported that they felt better prepared to apply for a grant from the Council in the future.

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Annual Report 2019-2020

Annual Report

The Canada Council for the Arts issues an Annual Report that details its activities and work towards its strategic plan commitments. The Report touches on the Council’s major accomplishments and initiatives, as well as the contributions of artists and organizations that bring these accomplishments to life. The Annual Report affirms the importance, necessity and impact of public arts funding for Canadians.

Read the Annual Report