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Arts Council Act

R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER A.30

Historical version for the period November 30, 2004 to December 14, 2009.

Last amendment: 2004, c. 17, s. 32.


1. In this Act,

“arts” means the arts of the theatre, literature, music, painting, sculpture, architecture or the graphic arts, and includes any other similar creative or interpretative activity; (“arts”)

“Council” means the Province of Ontario Council for the Arts; (“Conseil”)

“Minister” means the Minister of Culture and Communications. (“ministre”) R.S.O. 1990, c. A.30, s. 1.

Council continued

2. The corporation known as the Province of Ontario Council for the Arts, consisting of a chair, a vice-chair and ten other members, is continued under the name of Province of Ontario Council for the Arts in English and under the name of Conseil des arts de la province de l’Ontario in French. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.30, s. 2.


3. The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint the chair, the vice-chair and the other members of the Council, each of whom shall hold office for a term of three years, except that, of those first appointed, four shall be appointed for a term of one year, four for two years, and four for three years. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.30, s. 3.

Allowances and expenses

4. The chair, the vice-chair and the other members of the Council may be paid reasonable travelling and living expenses incurred by them while away from their ordinary places of residence on the business of the Council. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.30, s. 4.


5. A majority of the members of the Council constitutes a quorum whether or not a vacancy exists in the membership of the Council. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.30, s. 5.

Objects and powers

6. It is the function of the Council and it has power to promote the study and enjoyment of and the production of works in the arts, and to such end may,

(a) assist, co-operate with and enlist the aid of organizations whose objects are similar to the objects of the Council;

(b) provide through appropriate organizations or otherwise for grants, scholarships or loans to persons in Ontario for study or research in the arts in Ontario or elsewhere or to persons in other provinces or territories of Canada or any other countries for study or research in the arts in Ontario;

(c) make awards to persons in Ontario for outstanding accomplishments in the arts. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.30, s. 6.


7. The Council may make by-laws regulating its proceedings and generally for the conduct and management of its activities. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.30, s. 7.


8. The Council shall meet at least four times a year in the City of Toronto on such days as are fixed by the Council, and at such other times and places as the Council considers advisable. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.30, s. 8.


9. (1) Money for the purposes of the Council shall be paid out of the money appropriated therefor by the Legislature. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.30, s. 9 (1).


(2) The Council may acquire money, securities or other property, real or personal, by gift, devise, bequest or otherwise, and may expend, administer or dispose of any such money, securities or other property in the promotion of its objects, subject to the terms, if any, upon which such money, securities or other property were given, devised, bequeathed or otherwise made payable to the Council. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.30, s. 9 (2).

Investment committee

10. (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may establish an investment committee composed of the chair of the Council, a member of the Council designated by the Council and a person appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.30, s. 10 (1).


(2) The investment committee shall aid and advise the Council with respect to the investment of any of its money that remains in its hands from time to time. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.30, s. 10 (2).


11. The accounts and financial transactions of the Council shall be audited annually by the Auditor General, and a report of the audit shall be made to the Council and to the Minister. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.30, s. 11; 2004, c. 17, s. 32.

Annual report

12. The chair of the Council shall annually file with the Minister a report upon the affairs of the Council, and the Minister shall submit the report to the Lieutenant Governor in Council and shall then lay the report before the Assembly if it is in session or, if not, at the next session. R.S.O. 1990, c. A.30, s. 12.