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Final report forms are available upon request. Email your request to finalreport@arts.on.ca indicating the program for which you are submitting a report.

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Maya Bedward

Information Services Coordinator
416-969-7429

Artists Living in Regions Outside Toronto

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In fulfilling its mandate, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) serves one of the most diverse cultural, racial, linguistic and Indigenous populations in Canada. Through its programs and services, OAC supports artists, organizations and communities across Ontario, and identifies all applicants outside Toronto as a funding priority. 
 
Ontario’s regional characteristics can exert strong influences on artists. At the same time, artists and arts organizations in geographically distant parts of the province face particular challenges with regard to access to resources and professional opportunities. Read more
 

The OAC has a number of programs that specifically support Ontario’s performing arts presenters outside of the city of Toronto and for individuals, ad hoc groups/collectives representing any artistic discipline to tour their work in Ontario. Applicants who live and work in the North are encouraged to apply to any program in which their activities are eligible
 

Grant Programs

Ontario Arts Presenters Projects Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports the presentation of arts events or series in Ontario by volunteer collectives, groups and organizations or municipalities, colleges and universities.
Ontario Dances Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports Ontario-based multi-disciplinary arts presenters only in regions outside of Toronto to get more people engaged, interested and invested in dance.
Touring Projects Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports Ontario-based professional artists and arts organizations to tour performances, exhibitions and arts events that contribute to the development of audiences for the arts. The touring programs give Ontario, Canadian and foreign audiences ongoing access to professional Ontario artists and their works.
Northern Arts Projects Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports the creation, production and presentation of art work; professional development and community arts engagement initiatives that benefit communities in northern Ontario.
Indigenous Presenters in the North: Music Projects Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports northern Ontario Indigenous presenters to produce music events in or around their communities.

Northern Arts

The OAC recognizes and values the distinctive nature of the arts produced in Ontario’s Northern regions. We believe that the arts are essential to the quality of life, cultural identity, social well-being and economic prosperity of Ontario. We recognize the specific challenges and costs to creating, presenting and accessing the arts in the North. Applicants who live and work in the North are encouraged to apply to any program in which their activities are eligible. In addition, OAC has a program that specifically meets the needs of northern artists.
 

Regional Consultants

The OAC employs two regional representatives serving the Northeast and Northwest regions through information sessions, consultations and community outreach. The role of the regional representatives is to work at the local level as a resource and community liaison between OAC and artists and arts organizations working and living in the North.
 

OAC’s Equity Statement

We are inspired by and value Ontario’s artists, who help shape our thriving and diverse society and express the richness of our stories, histories and cultures. Therefore, as a public agency, funder and employer, OAC will lead and be responsive and inclusive in supporting diverse artists, artistic practices, arts communities and our own organization. Read more
 

Assessment

Peer assessment is an important principle for OAC. We are committed to assembling panels of artists and arts professionals that reflect the rich diversity of Ontario, ensuring that francophone artists are represented and that a wide range of perspectives are included. All assessors receive a fee for reading the applications and for participating in the assessment meetings. The OAC covers travel, meals and accommodation for assessors who come from out-of-town, as well as accessibility and childcare needs. You may nominate yourself or someone you know by visiting Would you like to be considered for an OAC jury or Advisory Panel?
 
The OAC staff and assessors adhere to the Ontario Human Rights Code. Assessors are asked to consider who is telling whose story and who has the right to develop and share cultural expressions and knowledge from any community, particularly historically underrepresented groups or individuals. Assessors may consider the impact of the artistic work in the context of historic or continuing barriers faced by the applicant and the communities engaged by the work, when accessing opportunities for producing and participating in the arts. In cases where two applications have an equal score when funding runs out, the applicant who is a member of a priority group will be awarded the grant.