Directory - Funders

Canada Council for the Arts

Bringing the arts to life - We're proud to be Canada’s public arts funder. We contribute to the vibrancy of the creative and diverse arts and literary scene through our grants, services, prizes, and payments to Canadian artists and arts organizations. 

'L'art au cœur de nos vies' - Nous sommes fiers d'être l’organisme public de soutien aux arts du Canada. Nous contribuons au dynamisme d’une scène artistique et littéraire créative et diversifiée en offrant aux artistes et aux organismes artistiques canadiens une vaste gamme de subventions, de services, de prix et de paiements. 

Canadian Heritage

Learn about Canada's culture, identity, history and sports, as well as funding opportunities available to Canadian artists, athletes and organizations. Discover our national landmarks and attractions and show your pride for Canada by taking part in the many cultural events, celebrations and commemorations.

Laidlaw Foundation

Laidlaw Foundation supports young people impacted by the justice, education, and child-welfare systems to become healthy and engaged by investing in innovative ideas, convening interested parties, advocating for systems change, and sharing learning across the sector.

Ontario Arts Council

OAC is an agency that operates at arm's length from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. The OAC's grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Indigenous arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Francophone arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts. 

Ottawa Arts Council

The Ottawa Arts Council (the Council) is a bilingual service organization that advances, promotes and advocates for the arts in Ottawa.

Ontario Trillium Foundation

The mission of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is to build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by investing in community-based initiatives and strengthening the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector.  

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF) was established in 1999. It has three aims: (1) to increase cultural tourism by providing investments to assist Ontario organizations to develop, promote and present one- off or first time events, or a significant expansion of existing activity, which are designed to attract new tourists and visitors to cultural events; (2) increase the earned revenue capability of the applicant organization; and (3) support events that foster economic growth and contribute to job creation.

Metcalf Foundation

The mission of The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation is to enhance the effectiveness of people and organizations working together to help Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy, and creative society.


Mitacs empowers Canadian innovation through effective partnerships that deliver solutions to our most pressing problems. By driving economic growth and productivity, we create meaningful change to improve quality of life for all Canadians. 

For over 20 years, Mitacs has assisted organizations in reaching their business goals, has funded cutting-edge innovation, and has created job opportunities for students and postdocs. We are passionate about developing the next generation of researchers who will work to fuel Canada’s knowledge-based economy. 

Sudbury Arts Council

Sudbury Arts Council brings attention and support to the artistic community in Greater Sudbury. SAC makes art accessible for everyone, encouraging participation and appreciation of art throughout the community. It advocates and promotes equally for Anglophone, Francophone, and Indigenous arts and culture groups in our city, understanding the deeply important role each plays in making up our unique arts scene, and overall culture.

Toronto Arts Council

Toronto Arts Council (TAC) is the City of Toronto’s funding body for artists and arts organizations. Since 1974, TAC has offered innovative and responsive programs, enabling artists and arts organizations to explore, create and thrive. With funding of over $25 million annually, TAC grants lead to exhibitions, performances, readings and workshops seen each year by over 5 million people across the city. TAC is proud to play a leadership role in fostering Toronto’s dynamic and diverse arts scene.

Thunder Bay Arts Council

TBAC, Inc. comes from a 1970s drive towards a National Endowment for the arts.  Supported primarily by educators in Northeast Michigan, Thunder Bay Arts has grown to be more than a council.  It has become a primary vehicle for creatively fostering/catalyzing artistic and cultural development of the community and the region with support for the performing and visual arts. 

The McLean Foundation

The McLean Foundation was established in 1945 by the late Mr. James Stanley (J.S.) McLean, president of Canada Packers