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Results Announcement

Deadline Date: March 31, 2021
Bridgman, Billie, Owen Sound
Jang, Howard, Salt Spring Island, BC
Johnson, Molly, Port Hope
Tisch, Karen, Toronto
Walker-Kuhne, Donna, Brooklyn, NY

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 Year 1 of this program’s multi-year cycle, OAC employs a two-tiered assessment process where these applications are also reviewed and discussed by their respective discipline-specific operating assessment panels. 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. 

In 2021, OAC put a pause on the multi-year cycles of all operating programs. All applications were assessed by an advisory panel.
Number of Applications:
Total Requested:
Number of Grants Awarded:
Total Recommended:
Canada's National Ballet School/L'Ecole nationale de ballet du Canada, Toronto, $641,515
Canadian Opera Company, Toronto, $2,113,007
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, $604,544
National Ballet of Canada, Toronto, $2,242,533
RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest, Ottawa, $61,588
Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, $314,714
Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, $1,130,633
Stratford Festival, Stratford, $2,056,998
Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, $282,241
Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto, $1,862,909