Canada Arts Training Fund

The Canada Arts Training Fund (CATF) supports arts training in Canada. The CATF provides financial support for the ongoing operations of Canadian organizations that specialize in training artists for professional national or international artistic careers, at the highest levels.

Who can apply

To be eligible for funding, your organization must:

  • exist primarily to provide professional arts training, or have established professional arts training as an integral component of your overall activities;
  • offer training activities that clearly align with program objectives;
  • be incorporated in Canada as a not-for-profit organization;
  • demonstrate that the training for which funding is requested is not funded as a provincial post-secondary education activity (for the purposes of this program, post-secondary education is defined as education that follows 12 years of primary and secondary education), and demonstrate that the activity for which funding is requested does not result in the granting of a post-secondary qualification such as a diploma, certificate, or degree;
  • receive support from sources other than the CATF for at least 30% of costs related to the training work (e.g. tuition, other levels of government, fundraising). Total support from all levels of government cannot exceed 90% of the activity costs;
  • be directed by recognized professionals with a background in the discipline in which training is provided. While you may operate other concurrent activities for different purposes, the training program should be staffed with professionals from that artistic discipline;
  • have sufficient administrative capacity to support organizational objectives and to comply with funding conditions;
  • have delivered the professional training program and had year-round administrative operations in support of the program for a minimum of three years;
  • have a track record of significant artistic achievement at the national level, with graduates having a national impact and achieving wide recognition in their discipline; often in a leadership capacity within their artistic field (e.g. a principal dancer, choreographer, artistic director, lead actor, musician, circus artist, playwright, composer, visual artist).
  • be accessible to Canadians through a national, competitive admission process available in both of Canada’s official languages, including a bilingual website and information material, and a bilingual audition process. An exception will be made for training programs in an Indigenous or ethnocultural art form, or in a language-specific art form (such as theatre). Exceptions may also be made for training programs involving students aged 10 to 19 years, where the accompanying academic education is offered in only one language; and
  • have a national student body. It is expected that a national organization would draw at least 20% of its student body from regions outside the training area.

Training related to Indigenous arts or artistic practices based on ethnocultural traditions should consult us to determine whether the last two criteria must be met.

Application deadline

June 30

How to apply

Contact us

Department of Canadian Heritage
Arts Policy Branch
Canada Arts Training Fund
25 Eddy Street, 13th floor
Gatineau (Québec)
K1A 0M5



1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)


1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (EST).


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