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The Cana­dian Con­fer­ence of the Arts is a not-for-profit, non-partisan member-based orga­ni­za­tion that rep­re­sents the inter­ests of over 400,000 artists, cul­tural pro­fes­sion­als from all dis­ci­plines of the nation’s vast arts, cul­ture and her­itage com­mu­nity. As the national con­vener, the CCA pro­vides sup­port for col­lab­o­ra­tive lead­er­ship for the Cana­dian cul­tural sector.


The Cana­dian Con­fer­ence of the Arts is the national forum link­ing the arts, cul­ture and her­itage com­mu­ni­ties in Canada. Through research, analy­sis, and pub­lic dis­cus­sion, we pro­mote the adop­tion of cul­tural poli­cies needed for the vital­ity of the Cana­dian cul­tural sector.


The Cana­dian Con­fer­ence of the Arts plays a unique role in the Cana­dian arts, cul­ture and her­itage sec­tor. It is the focal point where issues rel­e­vant to the Cana­dian arts, cul­ture and her­itage sec­tor are iden­ti­fied and debated and through which sound cul­tural poli­cies are pro­moted. We build and sup­port strate­gic part­ner­ships and alliances, facil­i­tate the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of com­mon pri­or­i­ties and act as a cat­a­lyst for change.


To ful­fill the mis­sion, we:

OBSERVE, analyse, con­duct research and report on com­mon issues and priorities;

CONNECT the cul­tural sec­tor with other networks;

CONVENE and pro­vide sup­port for col­lec­tive lead­er­ship in debat­ing, craft­ing and pro­mot­ing cul­tural policies;

CHAMPION com­mon posi­tions on issues of national impor­tance that affect the cul­tural sector.


With the cul­tural sec­tor grow­ing rapidly, the CCA works tire­lessly on behalf of its mem­bers, adapt­ing to chang­ing pri­or­i­ties, poli­cies and tech­no­log­i­cal advances. We are com­mit­ted to tak­ing a con­struc­tive lead on the fed­eral pol­icy issues that mat­ter most to the cul­tural sec­tor includ­ing tax leg­is­la­tion, copy­right pro­tec­tion for cre­ators, broad­cast­ing reg­u­la­tion and fund­ing. Ulti­mately, we strive to play our part in shap­ing an envi­ron­ment that pro­vides Cana­di­ans with thriv­ing arts, cul­ture and her­itage communities.


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The CCA reg­u­larly hosts con­fer­ences, forums, sym­po­siums and other events to encour­age dis­cus­sion among mem­bers, the cul­tural com­mu­nity and the gen­eral pub­lic. In addi­tion to offer­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for learn­ing and per­sonal devel­op­ment, these events allow the sec­tor to come together for face-to-face meet­ings and networking.

These are just some of the events the CCA orga­nizes on an on-going basis:

National Pol­icy Conference

The CCA’s large-scale National Pol­icy Con­fer­ence invites indi­vid­u­als from diverse sec­tors – arts and cul­ture, busi­ness, gov­ern­ment and acad­e­mia– to par­tic­i­pate in dia­logues on the­matic issues that are crit­i­cal to the advance­ment of arts and cul­ture. The con­fer­ence pro­vides an ideal set­ting for knowl­edge exchange, bring­ing new per­spec­tives and inno­v­a­tive ideas to the forefront.

Think­ing Culture

Ini­ti­ated in the fall of 2010, Think­ing Cul­ture is a pol­icy forum series hosted by the CCA in part­ner­ship with the Uni­ver­sity of Ottawa. Lead­ing author­i­ties, researchers and aca­d­e­mics are invited to debate, exchange infor­ma­tion and assess cur­rent devel­op­ments in the arts and cul­ture sec­tor. Over the course of a sea­son, ses­sions focus on a broad range of top­ics, from copy­right to Cana­dian cul­tural insti­tu­tions. Click here to see top­ics from past sessions.

Regional Tours

On a bien­nial basis, the CCA’s National Direc­tor trav­els to var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try to ini­ti­ate inti­mate con­ver­sa­tions invit­ing the CCA’s mem­bers and stake­hold­ers to reflect on press­ing issues fac­ing the arts, cul­ture and her­itage sec­tor and pro­vide a venue for con­sen­sus build­ing. Read the details on the Win­ter 2012 Regional Tour.

Chalmers Con­fer­ence

The Chalmers Con­fer­ence brings together arts ser­vice orga­ni­za­tions from across the coun­try for dis­cus­sion and col­lab­o­ra­tion. The event is designed to pro­vide these groups with tar­geted infor­ma­tion and advo­cacy assistance.

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The Blog

The CCA com­mu­ni­cates reg­u­larly with its mem­bers and the pub­lic regard­ing its work pro­mot­ing and defend­ing the arts, cul­ture and her­itage sec­tor. From time to time, Alain Pineau adds his per­sonal touch as pre­sented in this blog. Read on and share your thoughts by post­ing replies.



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