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About the cca

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.