November 5, 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:
4th Line Theatre, Millbrook, $61,980
A Company of Fools Theatre Inc., Ottawa, $19,990
Blyth Festival, Blyth, $143,805
Burning Passions Theatre, Perth, $26,776
Driftwood Theatre Group, Toronto, $17,106
Hamilton Fringe Festival, Hamilton, $26,137
Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Port Dover, $67,369
London Fringe, London, $15,947
Odyssey Theatre, Ottawa, $41,066
Ottawa Fringe Festival, Ottawa, $30,515
Port Stanley Festival Theatre, Port Stanley, $33,616
Shakespeare in the Ruff, Toronto, $17,568
St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Prescott, $23,684
SummerWorks Performance Festival, Toronto, $30,058
The Festival Players of Prince Edward County, Wellington, $15,678
Thousand Islands Playhouse, Gananoque, $227,093
Toronto Fringe, Toronto, $85,138
YES Theatre, Sudbury, $30,000