The Equity Office advances the guiding principle of equity throughout the Canada Council to positively impact the Canadian arts sector and through it, the general public. It works to increase equity of access to Canada Council’s grants and services for professional artists and arts organizations. It does this by collaborating with all divisions of the Council and consulting with arts communities and other stakeholders to develop policies, programs and strategies. Each division at the Council is accountable for implementing equity practices; the Equity Office plays a leadership role to coordinate the approach and analysis. The Equity Office consults closely with the Advisory Committee for Racial Equity in the Arts (REAC) which made up of arts professionals with a critical understanding of matters relating to equity.

Grant Programs

  • Capacity Building Grants for Culturally Diverse Arts Organizations
  • Community Capacity Building Grants for Culturally Diverse Arts Organizations
  • Professional Development Travel Grants for Culturally Diverse Artists
  • Travel Grants for Stand Firm Participants


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