The Voice of Canadian Dance

The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) is the voice of the professional dance sector in Canada and promotes a healthy, sustainable environment in which professional dance practice can grow and thrive.  CDA cultivates a strong national voice for Canadian professional dance and supports the development of resources for this field of artistic expression. Through conferences, workshops, and networking events we connect the dance community from coast to coast, building a cohesive and dynamic milieu.

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  • Helen Walkley Winter Intensive: the presence of mind in motion 03-Jan-2017

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  • Writing Dance: A workshop with Kaija Pepper 12-Jan-2017

    January 12-February 23, 2017, Scotiabank Dance Centre Deadline for applications: December 19, 20..

  • PuSh Festival 2017 16-Jan-2017

    The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events. Pr..

  • 2017 Annual Public Meeting | Assemblée publique annuelle 2017 17-Jan-2017

    Learn about Canada Council’s work in the last year, and what lies ahead as we get set to l..

    • Arts Research Monitor | Recherches sur les arts - novembre 2016


      Provincial and territorial arts research reports

      In this issue: Four provincial and territorial arts research reports, including a multifaceted research project from British Columbia, research on artists in Saskatchewan, a survey of municipal cultural expenses in Quebec, and a study of arts administration resources in Nunavut.

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      Recherches sur les arts dans les provinces et territoires

      Dans ce numéro : rapports d’études sur les arts portant sur une province ou territoire, soit une étude multidimensionnelle en Colombie-Britannique, un examen des artistes de la Saskatchewan, une enquête sur les dépenses culturelles des municipalités du Québec et une analyse des ressources consacrées à l’administration des arts au Nunavut.

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    • Canada Council to offer more funds for new applicants, diverse voices

      16-Nov-2016 Robert Everett-Green
      Published Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

      New voices and artists from diverse communities stand to get a much bigger share of funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, according to an open letter from council director and chief executive officer Simon Brault.

      The letter, which was distributed on Monday, provides the first details of how the federal agency plans to deal with a doubling of its parliamentary allocation by 2021.

      Nearly two-thirds of the council’s grants are currently locked into long-term operating funds for well-established arts organizations. By 2021, Brault says, those “core” grants will drop to just half of what the council gives out.

      The other 50 per cent of available money will be disbursed through a competitive project-grant process that will be open to anyone, with some priority given to first-time applicants. That should make council support easier to tap for artists and groups who have not been plugged into the system for decades, Brault says.

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    • Investing to shape a new future | Investir dans un nouvel avenir


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    • Analysis of the Federal Budget: a New Approach | L’analyse du budget fédéral 2016 – Une nouvelle approche


      The Canadian Conference of the Arts, the Canadian Arts Coalition and the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance are pleased to release the  analysis of the 2016 Federal Budget which examines federal funding for the arts and culture sector for the 2016 – 2017 fiscal year. The analysis concludes, in broad terms, that the government’s approach to the arts and culture sector to date is a very positive one, supported with substantial reinvestments and new investments in the sector.

      Five main findings emerge.

      First, the government has signaled a new approach to governance at the federal level. Budget 2016 followed through on many of the objectives of the mandate letter sent to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, made public for the first time.

      Second, the government’s support for the arts and cultural sector is grounded in both economic and socio-cultural rationales.

      Third, the government places substantial priority on the arts and culture, committing an additional $1.9 billion in funding to the sector over the next five years. This is an unprecedented investment.

      Fourth, the government places substantial priority on investing in infrastructure. Budget 2016 announced a plan for $120 billion worth of infrastructure spending over ten years, including $342 already committed to cultural infrastructure.

      Fifth, the government is investing substantial resources into celebrations for the 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The arts are not always explicitly mentioned in the government’s plans, so it will be important for the sector to underscore the important contribution that the arts can play in the celebrations.

      Read full analysis HERE.


      La Conférence canadienne des arts, la Coalition canadienne des arts et la Saskatchewan Arts Alliance sont heureuses d’annoncer la publication de l’analyse du budget fédéral 2016 qui examine le financement fédéral des arts et du secteur culturel pour l’exercice fiscal 2015-2016. Cette analyse conclut que l’approche du gouvernement envers le secteur des arts et de la culture est jusqu’à présent très positive, avec des réinvestissements et des nouveaux investissements substantiels à l’appui.

      Il ressort cinq grandes constatations de l’analyse.

      Premièrement,  le gouvernement a annoncé une nouvelle approche de la gouvernance au niveau fédéral. Le budget 2016 a donné suite à plusieurs des priorités de la lettre de mandat à la ministre du Patrimoine canadien, rendue publique pour la première fois.

      Deuxièmement, pour la première fois depuis des années, le gouvernement a décidé de soutenir le secteur des arts et de la culture à la fois pour des motifs économiques et socio-culturels.

      Troisièmement, le gouvernement accorde une grande priorité aux arts et la culture : il y consacre des sommes totalisant 1,9 milliard de dollars sur cinq ans. C’est sans contredit un investissement historique pour le secteur.

      Quatrièmement, l’investissement dans les infrastructures est une priorité du gouvernement. Le plan d’infrastructure prévoit  120 milliard de dollars au cours des dix prochaines années. De ce montant, 342 millions de dollars ont déjà été consacrés aux infrastructures culturelles.

      Cinquièmement, le gouvernement investit considérablement dans les célébrations du 150e anniversaire de la Confédération en 2017. Les arts ne sont toutefois pas toujours mentionnés explicitement dans les plans du gouvernement. Il sera donc important pour le secteur de souligner le rôle important que les arts peuvent jouer dans les célébrations.

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