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

  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra
  • Varley Art Gallery, Markham
  • 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
  • *All 140 major and core arts organizations approved for funding is shown in the table below.

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, will be available soon on the Ontario Arts Council website.

“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.

Photo: “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.



The following 140 major and core arts organizations have been approved for funding:
Organization Location Funding Amount
4th Line Theatre Millbrook $61,980
Aboriginal Experiences, Arts and Culture Stittsville $46,089
Agnes Etherington Art Centre Kingston $155,882
Annick Press Limited Toronto $37,728
Art Gallery of Burlington Burlington $24,533
Art Gallery of Guelph Guelph $71,598
Art Gallery of Hamilton Hamilton $234,837
Art Gallery of Peterborough Peterborough $60,504
Art Gallery of Windsor Windsor $214,412
Art Gallery of York University Toronto $69,658
Art Museum at the University of Toronto Toronto $39,304
Biblioasis Inc. Windsor $53,749
Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga Mississauga $16,640
Blyth Festival Blyth $153,388
Brott Music Festival Hamilton $69,569
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Toronto $176,765
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen Toronto $199,965
Canada’s National Ballet School Toronto $567,163
Canadian Art Magazine Toronto $96,014
Canadian Children’s Book Centre Toronto $70,331
Canadian Film Institute Ottawa $26,674
Canadian Music Centre Toronto $101,367
Canadian Opera Company Toronto $1,868,109
Canadian Stage Toronto $671,774
Carrefour francophone de Sudbury Sudbury $34,459
Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival Sudbury $62,414
CityFolk Ottawa $73,598
Coach House Books Toronto $45,478
Cormorant Books Inc. Toronto $33,209
Craft Ontario Toronto $88,817
Crow’s Theatre Toronto $38,445
Dancer Transition Resource Centre Toronto $49,503
DAREarts Toronto $36,854
De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Storytellers Wikwemikong $265,473
Dundurn Press Limited Toronto $40,350
ECW Press Toronto $92,168
Factory Theatre Toronto $168,853
Fall for Dance North Festival Toronto $60,000
Gardiner Museum Toronto $68,356
Grand Theatre London $297,921
Great Canadian Theatre Company Ottawa $191,830
Groundwood Books Limited Toronto $91,944
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra Hamilton $111,114
Harbourfront Centre Toronto $534,477
Hillside Festival Guelph $73,193
Hot Docs Toronto $81,810
House of Anansi Press Inc. Toronto $90,674
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Toronto $81,108
Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival Toronto $62,442
Inuit Art Foundation Toronto $52,009
James Lorimer & Company Ltd. Publishers Toronto $26,504
Kids Can Press Ltd. Toronto $47,112
Kingston Symphony Association Kingston $68,150
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Kitchener $128,855
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra Association Kitchener $380,291
Koffler Centre of the Arts Toronto $66,870
La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins Ottawa $103,068
Lighthouse Festival Theatre Port Dover $71,858
London Arts Council London $45,011
Luminato Toronto $99,573
MacLaren Art Centre Barrie $180,944
Magazines Canada Toronto $93,437
Magnus Theatre Company Thunder Bay $135,228
Mariposa Folk Foundation Orillia $47,574
McMaster Museum of Art Hamilton $49,350
MonstrARTity Mississauga $39,008
Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans Orléans $15,518
Multicultural Arts for Schools & Communities (MASC) Ottawa $124,929
Museum London London $176,247
Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada Toronto $52,763
Music and Beyond Ottawa $62,906
National Ballet of Canada Toronto $1,982,623
National Youth Orchestra of Canada Toronto $88,268
Niagara Symphony Association  St. Catharines $52,061
Oakville Galleries Oakville $106,534
Opera Atelier Toronto $224,085
Ottawa Art Gallery/La Galerie d’art d’Ottawa Ottawa $119,929
Ottawa Chamber Music Society (Ottawa Chamberfest) Ottawa $117,656
Ottawa Jazz Festival Inc. Ottawa $117,109
Outside Looking In Ohsweken $32,280
Owlkids Books Inc. Toronto $83,054
Pajama Press Toronto $33,414
Prologue to the Performing Arts Toronto $165,266
RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest Ottawa $54,450
Red Sky Performance Toronto $68,515
Regent Park School of Music Toronto $60,462
Robert McLaughlin Gallery Oshawa $90,578
Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto $278,239
School of Toronto Dance Theatre Toronto $59,137
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Toronto $59,471
Second Story Press Toronto $62,969
Shaw Festival Niagara-on-the-Lake $999,593
Sistema Toronto Toronto $48,760
Sketch Working Arts for Street-involved and Homeless Youth Toronto $108,438
Soulpepper Toronto $493,449
Soundstreams Canada Toronto $101,254
Station Gallery Whitby $38,047
Stratford Festival Stratford $1,818,592
Stratford Summer Music Stratford $42,883
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir Toronto $373,849
Talk Is Free Theatre Barrie $29,059
Tapestry Opera Toronto $116,828
Tarragon Theatre Toronto $242,852
Textile Museum of Canada Toronto $129,897
The Aga Khan Museum Toronto $53,972
The Musical Stage Company Toronto $44,412
The Power Plant Toronto $259,907
The Remix Project Toronto $40,797
The School of Dance Ottawa $63,965
Theatre Aquarius Inc. Hamilton $261,461
Theatre Centre Toronto $53,315
Théâtre français de Toronto Toronto $168,014
Theatre Orangeville Orangeville $84,531
Theatre Passe Muraille Toronto $116,828
Thousand Islands Playhouse Gananoque $242,226
Thunder Bay Art Gallery Thunder Bay $125,438
Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Thunder Bay $230,534
Tirgan Thornhill $45,484
Toronto Children’s Chorus Toronto $52,850
Toronto Dance Theatre Toronto $160,869
Toronto Downtown Jazz Society Toronto $82,426
Toronto Fringe Toronto $90,812
Toronto International Festival of Authors Toronto $117,235
Toronto International Film Festival Toronto $249,529
Toronto Summer Music Festival Toronto $52,273
Toronto Symphony Orchestra Toronto $1,646,998
Unity Charity Toronto $59,243
University of Ottawa Press | Les Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa Ottawa $15,962
University of Toronto Press Toronto $87,229
Varley Art Gallery Markham $32,968
VIBE Arts Toronto $76,842
Volcano Theatre Toronto $26,036
The Walrus Toronto $92,103
Weengushk Film Institute M’Chigeeng $50,000
Why Not Theatre Toronto $26,201
Wilfrid Laurier University Press Waterloo $27,450
Windsor Symphony Orchestra Windsor $207,169
Woodland Cultural Centre Brantford $60,192
Workman Arts Toronto $50,508
Young People’s Theatre Toronto $464,960

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