Canadian Resources

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NAMTA members all have one thing in common – their desire to support the arts in any way they can. The Canadian Resource section of NAMTA's Art Advocacy site's goal is to provide NAMTA's Canadian members with the tools and knowledge to help you to get involved in advocating for the arts in both your own community and across Canada as well.


NAMTA wants to hear from you! Did you find a great resource that isn't listed here? Did you successfully help stop a funding cut in your community? Tell us how you did it and what tools you used! The resource section of this site is a work in progress and with NAMTA members help it will continue to grow.

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Canadian Arts Coalition

Canadian Arts Coalition

The Canadian Arts Coalition is a collaborative non-partisan movement spearheaded by a group of national arts service and membership organizations. They are united in the belief that the future of the citizens, their towns and cities, and the nation itself depends on a rich, vibrant and diverse arts and heritage community. Since its inception, the CAC has successfully advocated for increased support for the arts through the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The Canadian Arts Coalition conducts a broad range of activities for and with the arts sector:

The Canadian Council for the Arts

Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is a federal, arm's-length Crown corporation created by an Act of Parliament in 1957 (Canada Council for the Arts Act) "to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts."

The Canada Council offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in music, theatre, writing and publishing, visual arts, dance, media arts and integrated (multidisciplinary) arts. It also seeks to raise public awareness of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities.



Founded in 1996, ArtStarts in Schools is a not-for-profit organization that provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education.

Each year, ArtStarts provides over 640,000 unique arts experiences for young people in urban, rural and remote communities across British Columbia.

Learn more about ArtStarts.

The Arts Advocate

The Arts Advocate

The Arts Advocate Report was founded in 1994 to strengthen the engagement of Ontario’s arts and culture sector in public policy.

The Report offers objective, non-partisan information and analysis about policy, events and trends that affect Ontario’s cultural sector. It is published six times a year and is complemented by E-Bulletins, when information and events warrant.

On occasion, The Arts Advocate Report will publish special reports or convene briefings exclusive to subscribers that focus on issues of specific relevance to the cultural sector.

Canadian Artists Representation (CARFAC)

Canadian Artists Representation

Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) is incorporated federally as a non-profit corporation that is the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists. As a non-profit association and a National Art Service Organization, our mandate is to promote the visual arts in Canada, to promote a socio-economic climate that is conducive to the production of visual arts in Canada, and to conduct research and engage in public education for these purposes.


Alliance for Arts+Culture

Alliance for Arts + Culture

The Alliance for Arts+Culture is BC's leading arts information aggregator and a resource to the arts, culture and heritage community. Since 1986 they have advocated for this sector by monitoring public policy, synthesizing issues for it's members, providing support, services and professional development, and representing the interests of artists and cultural workers. 


Hill Strategies

Hill Strategies

Hill Strategies Research is a Canadian company that specializes in applying social science research methods to the arts sector.

Hill Strategies’ expertise includes:

  • Rigorous and appropriate research methodologies
  • Creative and innovative thinking
  • Synthesis of complex information into clear reports, ensuring accessibility for those who are not experts in statistics and economics
  • Ability to conduct bilingual arts research projects
  • Effective communication with the public, the media, our subscriber base, and funders
  • Knowledge of sources of research and statistical information on the arts
  • Ability to identify gaps in existing arts research, examine reports from other sectors for research ideas, and develop appropriate research topics