There are two major bodies that have a national scope that fund the arts in Canada: the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The Canada Council for the Arts is a federal crown corporation accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage. The Council’s operates the Canadian Commission for the UNESCO and has mandate is to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts. The Canada Council for the Arts invests in artistic excellence with grants, services, prizes and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations, including theatre artists and organizations.
Canadian Heritage is a department of the federal government responsible for supporting cultural experiences, celebrating Canadian history and heritage, and participating in building creative communities. Through a number of funds and programs, the Department of Canadian Heritage aims to support the expression ideas and perspectives and the sharing of stories and images that are uniquely Canadian.