Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts - 2019


Government of Ontario


The awards recognize the outstanding achievements of artists and arts organizations, as well as their contributions to arts and culture in Ontario over a significant period of time.

The awards support any artistic practice, including but not limited to craft, dance, literature, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts and cultural industries, such as book and magazine publishing, digital media, film, television and sound recording. The awards are not intended as a lifetime achievement award.


Arts Organization Award

  • Incorporated not-for-profit organizations or for-profit commercial enterprises registered in the province of Ontario that have a permanent physical address in Ontario and are led by professional personnel.
  • Organizations whose primary business supports the professional arts sector or cultural industries of Ontario.
  • Previous Arts Organization Award finalists.

Artist Award

  • Professional artists.
  • Residents of Ontario who have lived in Ontario for a minimum of one year preceding the deadline, have a permanent physical address in Ontario and live in Ontario no less than eight months a year.
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
  • Previous Artist and Emerging Artist Award finalists.


Artist Award

The Artist Award recognizes a professional artist who has a significant history in the arts in Ontario. The laureate receives an award of $35,000. The laureate also selects a promising new or emerging artist in the same artistic field, who receives an award of $15,000. Five finalists each receive an award of $2,000.

Arts Organization Award

The Arts Organization Award recognizes an Ontario-based arts organization that supports professional artists, is led by professional artists and art administrators and has a significant history in the arts in Ontario. The laureate receives an award of $50,000. Five finalists receive an award of $2,000.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

How to Apply

Nominations are available online approximately two months before the deadline.

Nominations are submitted through Nova, the Ontario Arts Council’s online granting system. For assistance, contact the Ontario Arts Council Awards Administrator.

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