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Ontario Arts Council

Stat of the Day

Number of individual artists who received OAC grants
1,657

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Kathryn Townshend

Director of Research, Policy and Evaluation
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Research Analyst
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OAC Grant Statistics

Download a selection of statistics demonstrating the impact of Ontario’s arts sector, including the reach of public funding of the arts through the Ontario Arts Council. This one-page PDF document is suitable for use as a handout or leave-behind.  
 

OAC Funding Facts 2016-2017

  • $50.8 million
    Total OAC grants
     
  • 3,494
    Total number of grants awarded by OAC
     
  • 11,678
    Total number of grant applications submitted to OAC
     
  • 1,098
    Number of arts organizations funded by OAC
     
  • $41.3 million
    Total in OAC grants to organizations
     
  • 1,657
    Number of individual artists who received OAC grants
     
  • $9.5 million
    Total in OAC grants to individual artists
     
  • $4.93
    Total public support to the arts through OAC per Ontarian1
     
  • 44,307
    Total number of public arts activities offered by OAC’s annually funded arts organizations*
     
  • 21 million
    Total public attendance at arts events offered by OAC’s annually funded arts organizations*
     
  • 70,188
    Total number of arts education activities for people of all ages presented by OAC’s annually funded arts organizations*
     
  • 5.1 million
    Total number of participants of all ages in arts education activities offered by OAC’s annually funded arts organizations*
     
  • 2.2 million
    Total number of these 5.1 million arts education participants who are children or youth*
     
  • 37,773
    Number of artists employed by OAC’s annually funded arts organizations*
     
  • 70,524 
    Total number of people who volunteered at OAC’s annually funded arts organizations*
     
  • 1.8 million
    Number of hours worked by volunteers at OAC’s annually funded arts organizations*
     
  • 212
    Total number of Ontario communities where resident artists and arts organizations received OAC grants
 
Sources:
 
All data cited are most recent available.
Unless otherwise noted, the source for all figures is OAC’s grants database for the year 2016-2017.
 

* Reflects actual data for 2014-2015 for 483 organizations from 2016-2017 OAC operating applications/CADAC
 

Based on Ontario population of 13,976,300 as of July 2016 (Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 051-0001)

Arts and Heritage Access and Availability Survey 2016-2017. Environics Research Group, March 2017

3 Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2010 to 2016. (product perspective) Statistics Canada, 2018.