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Shoshana Wasser

Associate Director of Public Affairs and Communications
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New policies on alternative services for applicants with accessibility needs

August 29, 2018

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is providing additional services to artists and arts professionals who require support to access OAC programs. OAC has updated its policies regarding alternative services and processes for:

1. Deaf persons and persons with disabilities
2. People with limited internet access
3. Indigenous persons who wish to submit an oral application

Alternative services and processes for Deaf applicants and applicants with disabilities

To provide fair and equitable access to the OAC, Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may request the following accommodations:

  • alternative ways of participating in OAC events, meetings or receiving OAC services
  • alternative ways or formats for communicating with OAC
  • alternative formats and timing for submitting applications, final reports or other required materials
  • alternative ways or support for individuals to participate in OAC panels as an assessor

Learn more about who can make a request, what can be requested and how to make a request.


OAC also has two support funds for Deaf artists and artists with disabilities:

Finally, if you are an assessor, you can request accommodations to support you in the assessment process. Learn more about applying to be an OAC assessor.



Offline submissions for persons with limited internet access

OAC grant applications and reports are submitted through Nova, our online system. We may provide an offline, or partially offline, application process to applicants who do not have adequate internet access where they live, and do not have reasonable access to a public internet source, such as at a public library. OAC does not consider requests for offline applications based on preference, having outdated or malfunctioning devices or systems, or having limited internet access in a temporary residence or travel location.


Alternative project applications must be received at OAC or postmarked no later than the application deadline. Late applications are ineligible and will be withdrawn.


Learn more about who can make a request, what can be requested and how to make a request.


Oral applications for Indigenous persons

OAC recognizes the importance of oral culture in the transmission of Indigenous language, history, knowledge and practice. OAC accepts oral submissions of some parts/components of a project grant application, when oral culture is relevant to the project or the artistic practice.


This option is available for First Nations, Inuit or Métis applicants applying for a project grant for themselves, or on behalf of an ad-hoc group, collective or organization. It is not available for OAC’s written language–based programs (e.g. Literary Creation Projects: Works for Publication and Theatre Projects).


Learn more about who can make a request, what can be requested and how to make a request.