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Ontario Arts Council

Funding Framework

The mandate of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians.

The arts are essential to the quality of life, cultural identity, social well-being and economic prosperity of Ontario. Access to and participation in the arts enhances lives, fosters creativity and innovation, and strengthens communities. OAC is committed to ensuring equitable access for everyone, with particular emphasis on six priority groups, and the organizations that serve them and the public.


August 14, 2018
Attention, all artists applying for Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Indigenous Visual Artists' Materials grants! Applications for this third-party recommender program are now submitted using Nova, OAC’s online application system.
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July 13, 2018
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is improving the process and clarifying the policy for grant recipients on submitting final reports. These changes were made possible thanks to the transfer of information from our previous grants database to Nova, our online granting system.