Canada Council for the Arts

Supporting Canadian Creativity. The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to promoting the value the arts bring to the lives of Canadians by connecting arts organizations and artists with audiences and finding ways to engage the public in the arts.

The Canada Council was created by an Act of Parliament in 1957 (Canada Council for the Arts Act) to foster and promote the study, enjoyment and production of works in the arts, and operate at “arm’s length” or independently of government.

Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5V8

Phone: 1-800 263-5588
or 613-566-4414

Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) fosters the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians. OAC offers more than fifty funding programs for Ontario-based artists and arts organizations, with funds from the Ontario government. Grants provide assistance for a specific activity, support for a period of time, or for ongoing operations. OAC also offers awards, prizes and scholarships from private funds managed by the Ontario Arts Foundation.

Ontario Arts Council
151 Bloor Street West
5th floor
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1T6

Tel: 416-961-1660
Toll-free in Ontario:1-800-387-0058
Fax: 416-969-7447

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage is responsible for national policies and programs that promote Canadian content, foster cultural participation, active citizenship and participation in Canada’s civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians.

Canadian Heritage
15 Eddy Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5

Telephone: 819-997-0055
Toll-free: 1-866-811-0055

Celebrate Ontario

Celebrate Ontario is an annual program that helps new and existing festivals and events enhance their programs, activities and services to grow Ontario’s tourism market. The program also supports bid and event hosting costs of major one-time events and festivals attracting out-of-province visitors.

Ministry of Tourism and Culture
Hearst Block, 9th Floor
900 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M7A 2E1

In Toronto: 416-326-9326
TTY: 416-325-5807
TTY: Toll Free 1-866-700-0040
Fax 416-314-7854

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund was established in 1999 as a $20 million initiative to assist Ontario’s cultural and heritage organizations in capitalizing on the potential of exciting and innovative exhibitions and events.

OCAF is open to large and small not-for-profit cultural and heritage organizations in all parts of Ontario.

The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund
151 Bloor Street West 5th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1T6

Toll Free: 800-387-0058
Fax: 416-969-7450

Ontario Media Development Corporation

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries.

Ontario Media Development Corporation
175 Bloor Street East
South Tower, Suite 501
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 3R8

Phone (416)314-6858
Fax (416)314-6876

Hamilton’s Community Partnership Program

The City of Hamilton’s Community Partnership Program provides financial assistance or event road closure services to community organizations whose services benefit Hamilton residents. The program is geared to organizations involved in social services, sports/recreation, culture, and special events.

Phone: 905-546-CITY (2489)
If calling from the 519 area code, dial toll-free: 519 647-2577


The Actors’ Fund of Canada

The Actors’ Fund provides emergency financial aid to assist cultural workers in recovering from an illness, injury or other circumstances causing severe economic and personal hardship. Performers, creators, technical staff and other production team members can benefit from the Fund, which receives no government funding and is wholly sustained by support from individuals and entertainment industry organizations.



Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) has distributed grants for the production of thousands short films across Canada, covering a range of subject matter and styles. Sand animation to opera; modern dance to short dramas – the variety is as endless as the creative talent in Canada. Emerging and recognized filmmakers are encouraged to apply for grants.

Bravo!FACT was established in 1995 and is funded by Bravo!, Canada’s national cable arts channel.

299 Queen Street West
Toronto Ontario Canada
M5V 2Z5

Phone: 416-384-2738
fax: 416-384-2191

FACTOR, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings

As a private non-profit organization, FACTOR is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry. The foundation administers contributions from sponsoring radio broadcasters as well as two components of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Music Fund to support the Canadian music industry.

30 Commercial Rd
Toronto, Ontario
M4G 1Z4

Phone: 416-696-2215


MuchFACT (Foundation To Assist Canadian Talent) considers applications requesting co-financing for music videos, websites and EPKs (the latter through MuchMore’s PromoFACT award program) six times a year. MuchFACT was created in 1984 concurrent with the launch of MuchMusic, which committed a percentage of its gross annual revenues to stimulate the production of new Canadian music videos.

411 Richmond Street East, Suite 303
Toronto, Ontario M5A 3S5

Phone.: 416-642-2365
Fax: 416-642-2370

The Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) distributes its funding to charities and not-for-profits through three granting programs: Community and Province Wide programs and the Future Fund. Within those programs, funding is allocated in four sectors: Arts and Culture, Environment, Sports and Recreation, and Human and Social Services.

Ontario Trillium Foundation
800 Bay Street, 5th floor
Toronto, ON M5S 3A9

Phone 416.963.4927
or 1.800.263.2887

The SOCAN Foundation

Founded in 1992, The SOCAN Foundation is dedicated to fostering musical creativity and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today’s society. The Foundation is an independent organization guided by its own board of directors. The board, which consists of composers, songwriters and music publishers, reflects concert music and popular music genres as well as the geographic and linguistic regions of Canada.

The SOCAN Foundation
Rick MacMillan, Manager
41 Valleybrook Drive
Toronto, Ontario, M3B 2S6

Telephone (416) 445-8700
Toll free 1 800 557-6226
Fax (416) 442-3372

Canadian Writers’ Foundation

The Canadian Writers’ Foundation is the only registered charity that provides continued financial assistance to approved senior Canadian writers in times of extreme financial distress.

The Canadian Writers’ Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 13281, Kanata Station
Ottawa, ON K2K 1X4

Phone: (613) 256-6937
Fax: (613) 256-5457