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Shoshana Wasser

Associate Director of Public Affairs and Communications
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Cross-Province Check-in with the Ontario Arts Council - A Conversation with the OAC Chair, Director & CEO and Director of Granting

November 14, 2017

By now, many of you will have heard the good news announced on August 29, 2017, by Premier Kathleen Wynne and Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport: OAC will receive a further funding increase over the next three years on top of this year’s previously announced $5 million. This will bring OAC’s base funding from $60 million per year in 2016-17 to $80 million per year by 2020-21.


Here’s how the government’s new investment in Ontario’s not-for-profit professional arts sector will flow:


Increase by year to the OAC's 2016-17 base funding ($60M)

  • 2016-17: $60M
  • 2017-18: +$5M = $65M
  • 2018-19: +$10M = $70M
  • 2019-20: +$15M = $75M
  • 2020-21: +$20M = $80M

The new funding is in addition to the recently launched Indigenous Culture Fund, which has been funded by the government at $5 million per year.


Rita Davies, OAC Chair, Peter Caldwell, Director & CEO, and Carolyn Vesely, Director of Granting, will be visiting a series of Ontario communities in November and December, to answer questions about OAC funding and future plans to support Ontario’s arts sector. Each session will include an informal presentation by Rita, Peter and Carolyn, followed by a Q&A.


The OAC will schedule an online session in January for anyone interested but too far from a scheduled location or otherwise unable to attend.


OAC dates for each community session

Updated on October 30, 2017.


All venues will be accessible.


Please check OAC's Eventbrite page for details on confirmed venues.

  • Sudbury: November 1, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Sudbury Theatre Centre
  • Sudbury (bilingual): November 1, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sudbury Theatre Centre.
    Venue change: This bilingual session is now at the Sudbury Theatre Centre. It is no longer at the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario.
  • M’Chigeeng First Nation: November 2, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation
  • Nipissing First Nation: November 3, 2017, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at  the Nipissing First Nation  Community Centre, Garden Village Gymnasium
  • North Bay: November 3, 2017, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the WKP Kennedy Gallery
  • Thunder Bay: November 7, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Magnus Theatre
  • Hamilton: November 8, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Kitchener-Waterloo: November 9, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
  • Guelph: November 9, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the River Run Centre
  • Windsor: November 16, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Windsor
  • London: November 17, 2017, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand Theatre
  • Ottawa (with ASL interpretation): November 21, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Great Canadian Theatre Company
  • Ottawa (bilingual): November 22, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins
  • Kingston: November 22, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre
  • Peterborough: November 23, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Artspace
  • Toronto (bilingual): December 7, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alliance Française de Toronto
  • Toronto: December 8, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
  • Barrie: December 11, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts
  • Mississauga: December 12, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Mississauga
  • Toronto (with ASL interpretation): December 12, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

For more information

Kirsten Gunter
Director of Communications
416-969-7403 | toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7403