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Help us reimagine the arts

Provide your input to our 5-year strategic plan

As Canada’s public arts funder, the Canada Council for the Arts is proud to support the creation and sharing of the arts through our investments in Canadian artists and arts organizations.

As we embark on a new 5-year strategic plan we want to hear from you, to shape a plan that reflects the arts sector’s current reality and looks ahead to how the Council can continue its support and also help to reimagine the arts for the benefit of all Canadians. We invite all Canadians to participate and share their ideas.


Bringing the arts to life, Canada Council for the Arts

It inspires us.
It stirs our imagination; feeds our creativity and sets us in motion.
It takes us places we never thought possible.
It is freedom, experimentation, pain and joy.
It creates new myths and reinvents old ones.
It soothes the weary and offers us hope; touches our very souls.
It breaks new ground, breaks down walls, and brings us together.
Art connects us with ourselves and drives us forward.
Telling our stories and giving us voice.
Art shows us who we are.
Arts are part of us all.

The Canada Council’s offices, located in Ottawa, are on the unceded, unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation whose presence here reaches back to time immemorial. Read our full land acknowledgement here.

The Situation

Art is important. It speaks, creates connections, changes perspectives, inspires positive social change and decolonization, and promotes healing and reconciliation. But in the midst of a global pandemic, many Canadian artists and arts organizations are struggling. The sector’s recovery and its ability to thrive in the years to come will require reflection, dialogue, and the involvement of many.

The Opportunity

By tapping into the insights of Canadians from diverse communities, perspectives, interests, and relationships to the arts, we hope to develop a strategic plan for 2021-26 that enables a resilient, sustainable, and inclusive arts sector, stronger than ever before. The plan will outline the Council’s role and roadmap to support these aspirations, by leveraging our mandate, resources and efforts over the next 5 years.

A Message from the Director and CEO

Today, we have the responsibility of reimagining the arts. We need to reimagine better conditions for artistic creation, dissemination and remuneration. We need to reimagine more resilient, inclusive arts organizations with even greater attendance and support. We need to reimagine an arts sector determined to eliminate racism and discrimination in every form, and the legacy of colonialism. We need to reimagine the arts’ rightful place in the conversations that shape our future. And we need to reimagine, through the arts, a greener and more just and equitable world.

Share your ideas by completing our Choicebook™ survey

We want to hear from all parts of the arts sector regardless of the role you play – as an art maker, appreciator, advocate, or new to this conversation. We also want to hear from our partners outside of the arts sector.

We aspire to support a vital and diverse arts ecology that enriches the lives of all Canadians, and we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. It is important that public funding for the arts reflect the full diversity of Canadian society. We encourage the participation of a wide range of perspectives and participants in this process.

Individuals who are Deaf and/or have disabilities, including those living with mental illness, and require accommodation to fill out the survey can contact us by calling 1-800-263-5588 ext. 6031 or by emailing We also welcome Video Relay Service (VRS). If there are alternative ways that will be more accommodating to your situation, please let our staff know.

ASL video: invitation to join in the survey

Online survey: Reimagine the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is developing its strategic plan for the next five years.

The Council needs the perspective of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Your participation is very important to help us support you, your community, and your allies in the arts.

We seek to understand how you value, make, and experience art in the current world.
Together, we can make the arts in Canada more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable in order to benefit all Canadians.

It will take between 15 and 25 minutes to complete the survey. If you will need assistance, please contact us by telephone at 1-800-263-5588 ext. 6031 or by email at

Thank you.

The ChoicebookTM survey will take approximately 15 to 25 minutes to complete.

The ChoicebookTM survey will close on August 21, 2020.

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Stay tuned for a schedule of online dialogue sessions to take place in the fall, including a dedicated process for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people
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