The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is committed to supporting the next generation of artists, whose ideas and innovations are the future of the arts in Ontario. We recognize that many young artists today face barriers to gaining experience as a professional artist and securing support for their work in competitive and established arts environments. It is our vision that people of all ages and communities can experience, feel connected to and value the arts.
New generation applicants are encouraged to apply to any program in which their activities are eligible.
OAC’s Equity Statement
We are inspired by and value Ontario’s artists, who help shape our thriving and diverse society and express the richness of our stories, histories and cultures. Therefore, as a public agency, funder and employer, OAC will lead and be responsive and inclusive in supporting diverse artists, artistic practices, arts communities and our own organization. See our Equity Plan
for more information.
Peer assessment is an important principle for OAC. We are committed to assembling panels of artists and arts professionals that reflect the rich diversity of Ontario, OAC priority groups, and a wide range of perspectives. All assessors receive a fee for reading the applications and for participating in the assessment meetings. The OAC covers travel, meals and accommodation for assessors who come from out-of-town, as well as accessibility and childcare needs. If you would like to be considered to serve as an OAC peer assessor, you may nominate yourself by completing the form on this page
The OAC staff and assessors adhere to the Ontario Human Rights Code
. Assessors are asked to consider who is telling whose story and who has the right to develop and share cultural expressions and knowledge from any community, particularly historically underrepresented groups or individuals. Assessors may consider the impact of the artistic work in the context of historic or continuing barriers faced by the applicant and the communities engaged by the work, when accessing opportunities for producing and participating in the arts. In cases where two applications have an equal score when funding runs out, the applicant who is a member of a priority group will be awarded the grant.