March 26, 2020
Advisory panels provide advice and help set priorities in many granting competitions at the Ontario Arts Council (OAC). Advisory panels do not make grant decisions. Officers make final grant recommendations to the OAC Director & CEO and the OAC board based on advisors' comments, OAC priorities, the program budget and the number of applications to the program. In Years 2 and 3 of a multi-year cycle, requests are reviewed by the officer and not an advisory panel.
To safeguard the integrity of the peer assessment process, we do not allow anyone who has a direct conflict of interest with an application to serve on an assessment panel where that application is to be reviewed. Indirect conflicts of interest are managed by a standard OAC procedure.
Due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations that received operating grants in 2019-2020 were not assessed by advisory panels in 2020. All eligible operating grant recipients received the same amount in 2020-2021 as in 2019-2020.
Number of Applications:
Number of Grants Awarded:
Canadian Children's Book Centre, Toronto, $65,937
Diaspora Dialogues Charitable Society, Toronto, $27,863
Eden Mills Writers' Festival, Eden Mills, $15,000
Kingston WritersFest, Kingston, $18,948
National Media Awards Foundation, Toronto, $8,850
Open Book Foundation, Picton, $11,675
Ottawa International Writers Festival, Ottawa, $39,141
Storytelling Toronto, Toronto, $34,492
Telling Tales, Hamilton, $20,000
The FOLD Foundation, Brampton, $25,000
The Word On The Street Toronto, Toronto, $31,678
Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Toronto, $31,854
Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA), Toronto, $109,911