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$25M to support arts sector

The Ontario government is supporting the arts sector with a one-time investment of $25 million.

The investment will help artists and arts organizations survive the COVID-19 pandemic, remain solvent and prepare for a time when they can fully re-open their facilities, resume full programming and welcome back their visitors and audiences.

“Arts organizations make an important contribution to our province, providing thousands of jobs for musicians, writers, painters, actors, dancers, stagehands and the many others working behind the scenes,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture. “They entertain us, but they also play an important role in the mental health and well-being of Ontarians and an equally important role in the province’s economic and social recovery. Providing the help they need is a critical part of our plan to support individuals, families and job creators impacted by the virus, while laying the foundation for a strong economic recovery.”

Through the funding, $24 million will be provided to 140 arts organizations, including:

  • Varley Art Gallery, Markham
  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra
  • MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie
  • Robert McLaughlin Gallery
  • 4th Line Theatre, Millbrook
  • Mariposa Folk Foundation, Orillia
  • Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Port Dover
  • London Arts Council, London
  • Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa

Additionally, $1 million will provide much-needed support directly to artists and creators from across the province. More information on this, including eligibility requirements and application deadlines, can be found at

“The impact of this critical investment cannot be overstated – it will allow arts organizations like the TSO to serve Ontarians through music and arts programs that help sustain and strengthen communities,” said Matthew Loden, CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. “Keeping our 92 member orchestra together throughout the pandemic to share our music when people needed it most was always our priority, and we are immensely grateful to Minister Lisa MacLeod and the government of Ontario for recognizing and celebrating our contribution and service to our province.”

This arts funding initiative is part of the government’s 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recoverthe next phase of a comprehensive action plan to respond to the devastating health and economic impacts of COVID-19.



The following 140 major and core arts organizations have been approved for funding:
OrganizationLocationFunding Amount
4th Line TheatreMillbrook$61,980
Aboriginal Experiences, Arts and CultureStittsville$46,089
Agnes Etherington Art CentreKingston$155,882
Annick Press LimitedToronto$37,728
Art Gallery of BurlingtonBurlington$24,533
Art Gallery of GuelphGuelph$71,598
Art Gallery of HamiltonHamilton$234,837
Art Gallery of PeterboroughPeterborough$60,504
Art Gallery of WindsorWindsor$214,412
Art Gallery of York UniversityToronto$69,658
Art Museum at the University of TorontoToronto$39,304
Biblioasis Inc.Windsor$53,749
Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto MississaugaMississauga$16,640
Blyth FestivalBlyth$153,388
Brott Music FestivalHamilton$69,569
Buddies in Bad Times TheatreToronto$176,765
Canada’s Ballet JörgenToronto$199,965
Canada’s National Ballet SchoolToronto$567,163
Canadian Art MagazineToronto$96,014
Canadian Children’s Book CentreToronto$70,331
Canadian Film InstituteOttawa$26,674
Canadian Music CentreToronto$101,367
Canadian Opera CompanyToronto$1,868,109
Canadian StageToronto$671,774
Carrefour francophone de SudburySudbury$34,459
Cinéfest Sudbury International Film FestivalSudbury$62,414
Coach House BooksToronto$45,478
Cormorant Books Inc.Toronto$33,209
Craft OntarioToronto$88,817
Crow’s TheatreToronto$38,445
Dancer Transition Resource CentreToronto$49,503
De-ba-jeh-mu-jig StorytellersWikwemikong$265,473
Dundurn Press LimitedToronto$40,350
ECW PressToronto$92,168
Factory TheatreToronto$168,853
Fall for Dance North FestivalToronto$60,000
Gardiner MuseumToronto$68,356
Grand TheatreLondon$297,921
Great Canadian Theatre CompanyOttawa$191,830
Groundwood Books LimitedToronto$91,944
Hamilton Philharmonic OrchestraHamilton$111,114
Harbourfront CentreToronto$534,477
Hillside FestivalGuelph$73,193
Hot DocsToronto$81,810
House of Anansi Press Inc.Toronto$90,674
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts FestivalToronto$81,108
Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film FestivalToronto$62,442
Inuit Art FoundationToronto$52,009
James Lorimer & Company Ltd. PublishersToronto$26,504
Kids Can Press Ltd.Toronto$47,112
Kingston Symphony AssociationKingston$68,150
Kitchener-Waterloo Art GalleryKitchener$128,855
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra AssociationKitchener$380,291
Koffler Centre of the ArtsToronto$66,870
La Nouvelle Scène Gilles DesjardinsOttawa$103,068
Lighthouse Festival TheatrePort Dover$71,858
London Arts CouncilLondon$45,011
MacLaren Art CentreBarrie$180,944
Magazines CanadaToronto$93,437
Magnus Theatre CompanyThunder Bay$135,228
Mariposa Folk FoundationOrillia$47,574
McMaster Museum of ArtHamilton$49,350
Mouvement d’implication francophone d’OrléansOrléans$15,518
Multicultural Arts for Schools & Communities (MASC)Ottawa$124,929
Museum LondonLondon$176,247
Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto CanadaToronto$52,763
Music and BeyondOttawa$62,906
National Ballet of CanadaToronto$1,982,623
National Youth Orchestra of CanadaToronto$88,268
Niagara Symphony Association St. Catharines$52,061
Oakville GalleriesOakville$106,534
Opera AtelierToronto$224,085
Ottawa Art Gallery/La Galerie d’art d’OttawaOttawa$119,929
Ottawa Chamber Music Society (Ottawa Chamberfest)Ottawa$117,656
Ottawa Jazz Festival Inc.Ottawa$117,109
Outside Looking InOhsweken$32,280
Owlkids Books Inc.Toronto$83,054
Pajama PressToronto$33,414
Prologue to the Performing ArtsToronto$165,266
RBC Royal Bank BluesfestOttawa$54,450
Red Sky PerformanceToronto$68,515
Regent Park School of MusicToronto$60,462
Robert McLaughlin GalleryOshawa$90,578
Royal Conservatory of MusicToronto$278,239
School of Toronto Dance TheatreToronto$59,137
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography FestivalToronto$59,471
Second Story PressToronto$62,969
Shaw FestivalNiagara-on-the-Lake$999,593
Sistema TorontoToronto$48,760
Sketch Working Arts for Street-involved and Homeless YouthToronto$108,438
Soundstreams CanadaToronto$101,254
Station GalleryWhitby$38,047
Stratford FestivalStratford$1,818,592
Stratford Summer MusicStratford$42,883
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber ChoirToronto$373,849
Talk Is Free TheatreBarrie$29,059
Tapestry OperaToronto$116,828
Tarragon TheatreToronto$242,852
Textile Museum of CanadaToronto$129,897
The Aga Khan MuseumToronto$53,972
The Musical Stage CompanyToronto$44,412
The Power PlantToronto$259,907
The Remix ProjectToronto$40,797
The School of DanceOttawa$63,965
Theatre Aquarius Inc.Hamilton$261,461
Theatre CentreToronto$53,315
Théâtre français de TorontoToronto$168,014
Theatre OrangevilleOrangeville$84,531
Theatre Passe MurailleToronto$116,828
Thousand Islands PlayhouseGananoque$242,226
Thunder Bay Art GalleryThunder Bay$125,438
Thunder Bay Symphony OrchestraThunder Bay$230,534
Toronto Children’s ChorusToronto$52,850
Toronto Dance TheatreToronto$160,869
Toronto Downtown Jazz SocietyToronto$82,426
Toronto FringeToronto$90,812
Toronto International Festival of AuthorsToronto$117,235
Toronto International Film FestivalToronto$249,529
Toronto Summer Music FestivalToronto$52,273
Toronto Symphony OrchestraToronto$1,646,998
Unity CharityToronto$59,243
University of Ottawa Press | Les Presses de l’Université d’OttawaOttawa$15,962
University of Toronto PressToronto$87,229
Varley Art GalleryMarkham$32,968
VIBE ArtsToronto$76,842
Volcano TheatreToronto$26,036
The WalrusToronto$92,103
Weengushk Film InstituteM’Chigeeng$50,000
Why Not TheatreToronto$26,201
Wilfrid Laurier University PressWaterloo$27,450
Windsor Symphony OrchestraWindsor$207,169
Woodland Cultural CentreBrantford$60,192
Workman ArtsToronto$50,508
Young People’s TheatreToronto$464,960

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