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Friday, September 08, 2006

Where are the Crown Corps Agencies and Federal Places located? Number 3

Run down so far
Bank of Canada Location: Ontario # of Employees 1200
Canadian Pilotage Authority Location: Nova Scotia # ofEmployees (when they respond)
Canadian Council for the Arts Location Ontario # of Employees 190

The Canada Council for the Arts

Number of employees (will post when they respond)

The Canada Council for the Arts is a national arm’s-length agency created by an Act of Parliament in 1957. Its role is “to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.” The 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 interdisciplinary and performance art. It also seeks to raise public awareness of the arts through its communications, research and arts promotion activities.

The Council awards prizes to over 100 artists every year. It administers the Killam Program of scholarly awards, the Governor General’s Literary Awards and the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Public Lending Right Commission operate under its aegis. The Canada Council Art Bank contains 17,500 works of contemporary Canadian art which are rented to the public and private sectors.

The Canada Council is overseen by an 11-member Board. The Chair, Director and Board members are appointed by the government. The Council relies heavily on the advice of artists and arts professionals from all parts of Canada; some 750 serve annually as peer assessors, or jurors. The Council also works in close co-operation with federal and provincial cultural agencies and departments.

The Canada Council for the Arts reports to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Its annual parliamentary appropriation is supplemented by endowment income, donations and bequests. Its accounts are audited by the Auditor General of Canada and included in the Annual Report.

In 2004-05, the Council awarded some 6,100 grants to artists and arts organizations and made payments to 14,441 authors through the Public Lending Right Commission. Grants, payments and awards totalled $132.3 million.

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