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Please note that programs and deadlines are subject to change. When applying to a specific program, always confirm the application deadline by contacting OAC staff. 

Important Notes

Only applications postmarked by Canada Post or a courier company no later than the deadline day will be accepted. As of January 4, 2016, applications delivered in person must arrive at OAC offices by 5 p.m. on the deadline day.

July 5, 2016


August 3, 2016


Theatre Projects

September 1, 2016


Artistes visuels et des métiers d'art (program available only in French)

September 15, 2016


Aboriginal Artists in Communities
Aboriginal Arts Projects
Aide à la diffusion artistique - projets (program available only in French)
Aboriginal and Culturally Diverse Dance Training
Deaf and Disability Arts Projects
Media Arts Projects
National and International Touring
Ontario Arts Presenters
Ontario Touring
Visual Artists: Mid-Career

October 4, 2016


Aboriginal Curatorial Projects
Artist(s) in the Community/Workplace
Arts Education Projects
Avance médias (program available only in French)
Classical Music Recording
Culturally Diverse Curatorial Projects
Dance Initiatives
Media Artists: Mid-Career and Established
Music Commissioning
National and International Residency

October 18, 2016


Craft Projects: Creation and Development
Craft Projects: Connections
Jets de théâtre (program available only in French)
Multi and Inter-Arts Projects
Writers' Works in Progress

November 1, 2016


Media Artists: Emerging
Presenter/Producer Projects
Theatre Organizations – Summer Theatres

November 15, 2016


Northern Arts

November 22, 2016


Visual Artists: Emerging

December 1, 2016


Aboriginal Presenters in the North – Music Events (new deadline date)
Chanson et musique (program available only in French)
Création littéraire (program available only in French)
Creative Engagement Fund to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment in Ontario 
Word of Mouth
Writers' Works in Progress – Comic Arts
Writers' Works in Progress – Northern Competition 

December 6, 2016


Popular Music

December 15, 2016


Visual Arts Projects

January 17, 2017


Aboriginal Artists in Schools 
Artists in Education 

Applications accepted from June 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017

Exhibition Assistance

Applications accepted from July 5, 2016 to January 31, 2017

Aboriginal Artists Materials and Supplies Assistance

Applications accepted from September 6, 2016 to January 31, 2017

Theatre Creators' Reserve

Applications accepted from September 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017

Writers' Reserve

February 1, 2017


Arts Service Organizations
Block Grants to Book Publishers
Opera Projects 
Organismes francophones de service aux arts (program available only in French)
Theatre Projects

February 15, 2017


Aboriginal Artists in Communities  (formerly Aboriginal Arts Education Projects)
Aboriginal Arts Projects
Choirs & Singing Groups
Choral Organizations 
Dance Organizations
Édition (program available only in French)
National and International Touring * 
*Francophone applicants applying in French can have until March 18 to submit their Touring program applications.
Ontario Arts Presenters  
Ontario Touring *
Francophone applicants applying in French can have until March 18 to submit their Touring program applications. 
Projets d'édition (program available only in French)
Writers' Works in Progress 

Applications accepted from September 15, 2016 to February 28, 2017

Deaf and Disability Arts - Materials and Supplies Assistance

March 1, 2017


Artists in the Community/Workplace 
Arts Education Projects
Arts Service Projects
Media Arts Organizations 
Media Arts Projects 
Projets de service aux arts francophones (program available only in French)
Visual Arts: Artist-Run Centres and Organizations 

March 15, 2017


Literary Festivals and Organizations
Literary Festivals and Organizations Projects 
Multi and Inter-Arts Projects
Orchestras Projects 
Theatre Organizations

April 4, 2017


Aide à la diffusion artistique (program available only in French)
Aide à la diffusion artistique - projets (program available only in French)
Arts Education Organizations
Community-Engaged Arts Organizations
Community Arts Councils
Dance Initiatives
Multi and Inter-Arts Organizations 
National and International Residency
Playwright Residency
Presenter/Producer Projects 

April 19, 2017


Arts visuels, arts médiatiques et métiers d’art : organismes et centres d'artistes autogérés (program available only in French)
Jets de théâtre (program available only in French)
Media Artists: Mid-Career and Established
Théâtre (program available only in French)

May 2, 2017


Access and Career Development 
Visual Artists: Established

May 16, 2017


Northern Arts

June 1, 2017


Chalmers Professional Development
Magazines – Operating
Magazines – Projects
Public Art Galleries
Public Art Galleries Projects

June 15, 2017

Chalmers Arts Fellowships
Chanson et musique (program available only in French)
Popular Music
Visual Arts Projects
Writers' Works in Progress