Mandate and Vision


The Ottawa Arts Council supports artists and arts organizations through leadership, guidance and the provision of opportunities to advance our local creative potential.

Our Mandate is realized through the following Objectives:

  1. To collaborate with a wide range of partners
  2. To engage the broader community
  3. To be inclusive and respect diversity
  4. To recognize and celebrate artistic achievement
  5. To maintain high standards of service
  6. To be open and transparent


We are leaders in building a creative city where art is practised, valued and supported and where citizens are engaged and enriched by a vibrant arts community.


We believe …

  • The arts are essential to a fully lived life.
  • The arts make a significant contribution to society.
  • The arts should be accessible to all.
  • Locally produced art is the voice of Ottawa.
  • High standards of excellence in the arts should be fostered and maintained.
  • Artists and arts organisations deserve high standards of service.
  • A thriving arts community includes amateur and professional artists.
  • An informed appreciation of the arts has significant value.