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Total in OAC grants to organizations
$68.2 million

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Heather Alinsangan

Director of Research and Evaluation
416-969-7456
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058

Michael Choo

Research Analyst
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OAC Grant Statistics

Download a selection of statistics demonstrating the impact of Ontario’s arts sector, including the reach of public funding of the arts through the Ontario Arts Council. This one-page PDF document is suitable for use as a handout or leave-behind.  
 

OAC Funding Facts 2020-2021

  • $78.6 million
    Total OAC grants1
     
  • 3,488
    Total number of grants awarded by OAC
     
  • 12,056
    Total number of grant applications submitted to OAC
     
  • 1,312
    Number of OAC grants to arts organizations
     
  • $68.2 million
    Total in OAC grants to organizations
     
  • 2,176
    Number of OAC grants to individual artists
     
  • $10.4 million
    Total in OAC grants to individual artists
     
  • $5.34
    Total public support to the arts through OAC per Ontarian2
     
  • 51,364
    Total number of public arts activities offered by OAC’s annually funded arts organizations*
     
  • 24.7 million
    Total public attendance at arts events offered by OAC’s annually funded arts organizations*
     
  • 81,418
    Total number of arts education activities for people of all ages presented by OAC’s annually funded arts organizations*
     
  • 4.7 million
    Total number of participants of all ages in arts education activities offered by OAC’s annually funded arts organizations*
     
  • 2.0 million
    Total number of these 4.7 million arts education participants who are children or youth*
     
  • 44,751
    Number of artists employed by OAC’s annually funded arts organizations*
     
  • 60,047 
    Total number of people who volunteered at OAC’s annually funded arts organizations*
     
  • 1.7 million
    Number of hours worked by volunteers at OAC’s annually funded arts organizations*
     
  • 206
    Total number of Ontario communities where resident artists and arts organizations received OAC grants
 
Sources:
 
All data cited are most recent available.
Unless otherwise noted, the source for all figures is OAC’s grants database for the year 2020-2021.

1 The 2020-21 grant figures include the Arts Recovery Support Fund, a one-time investment of $25 million from the Government of Ontario.
 

Based on Ontario population of 14,734,014 as of July 2020 (Source: Statistics Canada, Table 17-10-0005-01)

* Reflects actual data for 2018-2019 for 485 organizations from 2020-2021 OAC operating applications/CADAC