Resources for Artists & Creatives

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General Resources​

Business Advice

Altitude Accelerator
A not-for-profit innovation hub and business incubator for Brampton, Mississauga, Caledon and other communities in Southern Ontario.
 
Brampton Entrepreneur Centre
The Brampton Entrepreneur Centre (BEC) is a source for small business information, resources and guidance. BEC offers free business information and guidance, business seminars and online courses, training and mentorship programs, and more for start-ups or a existing small business.
 
Entrepreneurship 101
Created for aspiring founders who want a masterclass in entrepreneurship, this five-week, on-demand online course offers mentorship from experts, and all the tools you need to launch your startup.
 
Ontario's Business and Economy Resources
Information for entrepreneurs who want to start and run a business in Ontario. Learn how to register your business, apply for funding and tax credits, and get free, personalized help to start your business.
 
StartUp Peel
An entrepreneur-led and committed to the long-term success and sustainability of our community. Starting up is hard, and we all succeed by working together.
 

Community Networks

artsUNITE / UNITÉ des arts
A free, centralized and comprehensive wayfinding service that connects artists and creatives to the resources they need. We help you find resources in funding, work, services, crisis support and learning opportunities that are curated according to artist-specific needs.
 
Generator
Generator is a mentoring, teaching, and innovation incubator that expands the skills, tools, and competencies of independent artists, producers and leaders.
 
Neighbourhood Arts Network
Neighbourhood Arts Network builds partnership to convene our ever-expanding membership and continues to strive to increase its geographic reach and accessibility to underserved communities. We believe that working and learning together helps to build stronger, more resilient and more vibrant communities.
 

Funding Bodies

Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des Arts du Canada
The Canada Council contributes to the vibrancy of a creative and diverse arts and literary scene through grants, services, prizes and payments to Canadian artists and arts organizations.
 
Ontario Arts Council / Conseil des Arts de L'Ontario
The OAC's grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Indigenous arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Francophone arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts.
 
Advance Brampton Fund
The City of Brampton recognizes the unique and valuable role that the non-profit sector can play in delivering projects that meet community needs, complement City services and contribute to advancing the 2018-2022 Term of Council Priorities.
 
Bell Fund
The Bell Fund's objective is to benefit the Canadian broadcasting system by encouraging the development and production of Canadian content for digital media and television, and by stimulating partnerships and learning among members of the new media and television industries.
 
Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors.
 
Fondation Franco-Ontarienne
The Franco-Ontarian Foundation provides financial support for initiatives that ensure the vitality of the Franco-Ontarian community.
 
Independent Production Fund
The Independent Production Fund was established in 1991 to provide financial support for dramatic television series created by Canadian independent producers for Canadian private broadcasters. In 2010, the IPF expanded its mandate to include an experimental pilot program to finance drama series for the web. This program now continues to support content creators of dramatic short form series created for digital platforms. In addition, in 2020 new funding and support for the development and packaging of scripted short-form series launches.
 
McLean Foundation
The Foundation provides grants in a wide range of areas, including arts (visual & theatre) conservation, education, health and welfare.
 
Metcalf Foundation
The Metcalf Foundation was established in 1960 by George Cedric Metcalf. We have three principal areas of focus: the environment, poverty reduction, and the performing arts. Through all of our work, we cultivate, support, and celebrate those working on the frontlines of social change.
 
Ontario Creates
Ontario Creates is an agency of the provincial government whose mandate is to be a catalyst for economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the music, book, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors, both domestically and internationally.
 
Ontario Trillium Foundations
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awards millions of dollars to hundreds of projects annually.
 
Rogers Group of Funds
Rogers Group of Funds offers support to Canadian independent producers with three different types of funding: Rogers Telefund offers loans to Canadian independent producers; Rogers Documentary Fund, Canada’s premier source of funding for documentary films and Rogers Cable Network Fund, an equity investor in Canadian programs with a first play on a Canadian cable channel.
 
Shaw Rocket Fund
Shaw Rocket Fund will invest in and champion quality Canadian children’s content by working with strategic partners and creators. The Fund will be the investor that fuels innovation and creativity within the Canadian media sector.
 
SOCAN Foundation
SOCAN Foundation provides grants for Canadian music creators and publishers working to promote appreciation for Canadian music in today's society.
 
Telus Fund
TELUS Fund finances exceptional content that promotes the health and well-being of Canadians. The Fund measures its success primarily by the degree to which Canadian audiences view, use, and are impacted by funded projects.
 

Health Services

Artists' Health Centre
The Centre is the only clinic of its kind in Canada that specializes in serving the entire artistic community. The Centre’s team specializes in addressing the specific healthcare needs of artists providing a holistic approach to health within an evidence-based framework.
 
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA Dufferin-Peel)
CMHA Peel Dufferin champions good mental health for everyone and supports the full participation of those with mental illness and addictions in the life of the community. In addition to providing a variety of mental health services, we are committed to community development, mental health awareness and addressing the stigma surrounding mental illness.
 
City of Brampton Health Services
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COHIP Coworking Health Insurance Plan
The Coworking Health Insurance Plan is now available to all independent workers in Canada. You can join COHIP as an individual, or through one of our COHIP member organizations. The plan is designed for freelancers, creatives, start ups, small businesses, collectives and independent workers in any industry.
 
Indus Community Services
Indus Community Services, through its professional staff, is a leader in the provision of culturally appropriate services to newcomers, families, women, and seniors.
 
Mind Beacon
Mind Beacon is offering free, digital mental health support for Ontario residents dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and more, thanks to funding from the Government of Ontario.
 
MOYO Health and Community Services
For over two decades, Moyo (previously known as Peel HIV/AIDS Network) has provided a growing array of health promotion, education, social and support services for people living with, affected by, and at systemic risk of HIV. Through collaborative efforts and effective service delivery, Moyo has become the leading HIV/AIDS service provider for Peel’s communities of Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.
 
Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS)
Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) has a mandate to provide health, settlement and social services to diverse communities in Greater Toronto Area. PCHS offers mental health and addictions, geriatric, settlement, child, youth and family services.
 
South Asian Canadians Health & Social Services (SACHSS)
SACHSS offers culturally and linguistically appropriate services, for South Asian men, women, seniors and youth, and other communities.
 

Legal

Artists' Legal Advice Services (ALAS)
ALAS provides free summary legal advice and information to creators living in Ontario, Canada. Our legal clinic operates virtually and is available to artists across Ontario. ​We typically assist with issues relating to contracts, defamation, copyright, trademarks and royalties or other payments.
 
Ontario Artist' Legal and Support Network
In partnership with Artists' Legal Advice Services (ALAS), CARFAC has launched the Ontario Artists’ Legal Access and Support Network to bring free legal support to artists across the province who have difficulty accessing these kinds of services due to systemic barriers.
 
Pro Bono Law Ontario
Pro Bono Ontario develops and manages high quality programs that connect volunteer lawyers with Ontarians who can’t afford a lawyer.
 

Online Learning

Creativebug through Brampton Library
Creativebug is an online learning resource that gives you access to thousands of high-quality, on-trend arts and crafts classes. Find your next creative project in knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry, food and home, paper crafting, kids activities, and more! Benefit from an unlimited number of free, self-paced classes designed for all skill levels, available anytime on your desktop or mobile device.
 
CreativeLive
CreativeLive is an online creative community which is aimed at entrepreneurs and creative professionals. It offers 1,500+ curated classes that are taught by 700+ handpicked instructors. Its classes focus on improving your creative skills and knowledge hence its name.
 
LinkedIn Learning through Brampton Library
LinkedIn Learning is an on-demand library of instructional videos covering the latest business, technology and creative skills. Get unlimited access to over 16,000 courses, taught by recognized experts and available in seven (7) languages. Benefit from personalized course recommendations and learning tools that help you achieve your full potential.
 
O’Reilly through Brampton Library
O'Reilly's online learning solution provides instant access to the latest e-books and online learning content from today's major technology and business publishers. Designed to support students and professionals working to advance their careers, O'Reilly curates content from trusted sources to help learners upskill in specialized areas and prepare for what's next. Learn in a way that works with your schedule — with certification guides, practice exams, case studies, interactive tutorials, and videos — available on-demand.
 
SkillShare
Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. On Skillshare, members come together to find inspiration and take the next step in their creative journey.
 

Portfolio and Website Builders

 

Selling Your Art

 

Software

 

Technology

MakerSpaces at Brampton Library
MakerSpace Brampton fosters creativity, innovation, and exploration in a safe and accessible learning environment. Our MakerSpaces — located at Four Corners, Chinguacousy, and Springdale Branch Libraries — offer free access to maker and digital creation tools. There is no charge to access equipment, however material and time limits are in place.
 
TechSoup Canada
TechSoup Canada connects nonprofits, charities and libraries to discounted software and hardware from leading brands, and provides valuable tech learning resources.
 

Resources for Indigenous Artists

Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts
The country's leading Indigenous arts service organization, representing more than 300 of the country's active artists. A member-driven, not-for-profit organization, it strives to serve Indigenous arts through ongoing advocacy, special initiatives and resourceful programming.
 
The Indigenous Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ICCA)
The ICCA is an Indigenous run and led non-profit organization that aims to support and connect fellow Indigenous curators, artists, writers, academics, and professionals through various methods of gathering.
 
Indigenous Screen Office
The ISO champions Indigenous screen-based storytellers and narrative sovereignty in Canada through our funding and advocacy work. We support Indigenous companies, communities and individuals to share their diverse stories and perspectives across all screen platforms.
 
Native Women in the Arts
A not-for-profit organization for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and other Indigenous gender-marginalized people who share the common interest of art, culture, community and the advancement of Indigenous peoples.
 

Resources by Practice

Visual Arts

Art Dealers Association of Canada
The Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) is Canada's largest association of professional art dealers. Our members are Canada's leading art experts, gallerists and appraisers, operating with the trust of the marketplace and with industry-leading ethical standards.
 
Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference
The Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference is a Canadian organization that represents – by way of the nine artist-run centres’ associations that form its membership – over 180 artist-run centres in the visual and media arts, contemporary craft and architecture and collectives in cities and towns across the country.
 
Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario
Supports the growth and development of artist-directed organizations engaged in contemporary cultural practice. This website lists all the artist-run centres in Ontario. These are publicly funded, but differ from public art galleries, museums and commercial galleries in the diverse ways they promote contemporary art and help their artist members develop as professionals. They offer gallery exhibitions, offsite public art work, support for the artwork of a particular medium and/or support for the artwork of the regional community.
 
Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l'Ontario
This is the arts service organization for Ontario's Francophone visual artists. It provides members with links to other professional organizations and artist-run centres, professional development and promotional opportunities, and apprenticeship programs.
 
Canadian Crafts Federation
As a Federation of organizations, the CCF/FCMA works with the Provincial and Territorial Craft Councils and affiliate organizations to unite, enrich, empower and celebrate the professional contemporary craft sector through collaborative action, networking, and community development.
 
Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des Artistes Canadiens (CARFAC) National
The national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists. Our mandate is to promote the visual arts in Canada, to promote a socio-economic climate that is conducive to the production of visual arts in Canada, and to conduct research and engage in public education for these purposes.
 
Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des Artistes Canadiens (CARFAC) Ontario
This provincial association of professional visual and media artists develops policies, publications and services that help artists, galleries, curators, art patrons and other stakeholders create an economic climate that benefits all visual artists.
 
Craft Emergency Relief Fund and Artist Emergency Resources (CERF+)
CERF+ is the resource for craftspeople looking for information on emergency preparedness and how to deal with a disaster. Information is available on their website about safeguarding, disaster planning, cleanup, salvage and e-salvage, and is freely accessible online to Canadians.
 
Craft Ontario
Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. It promotes and celebrates professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.
 
Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries
This not-for-profit association represents Ontario's public and private sector art galleries. It encourages members to work in close cooperation with the Ontario Arts Council, helps visual art centres in the province promote high standards of excellence and uniform methods in the care and presentation of works of art, and advises on matters of professional interest.
 
Ontario Society of Artists
We are a professional association for visual artists living and working across Ontario with a mandate to promote the visual arts through exhibitions, special projects and arts advocacy. Our membership roster includes many of Canada’s best-known painters, sculptors, printmakers and photographers.
 
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts recognizes Canadian visual artists who have demonstrated excellence and honours their achievements. The objectives of the Academy are to encourage, further and cultivate the arts of painting, sculpture, architecture, and design in the graphic, decorative and industrial arts.
 
Visual Arts Alliance
A consortium of national visual art, media art, and craft arts service organizations comprised of artists, curators, art museums, artist-run centres and art dealers. Its mission is to ensure the sustainability of Canadian artists, art professionals and their institutions.
 

Writing and Publishing

Access Copyright
Access Copyright is a collective voice of creators and publishers in Canada. A non-profit, national organization, we represent tens of thousands of Canadian writers, visual artists and publishers, and their works.
 
Assocation des Auteures at Auteurs de l'Ontario Francais
L'AAOF conjugue projets, collaborations et offres de services en vue de développer et de promouvoir le talent des auteurs et autrices de l’Ontario français. Actifs et actives sur tout le territoire, ses adhérent.e.s le sont aussi au-delà des frontières de la province.
 
Canadian Assocation of Journalists
The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides advocacy and professional development for journalists across Canada.
 
Canadian Authors Association
The Canadian Authors Association is a membership-based organization for writers at all stages of their writing careers: aspiring, emerging, and professional. The resources for writers section of its website includes links to numerous national, provincial and international writers’ associations across Canada.
 
Canadian Freelance Union
Membership is open to everyone who identifies as a freelance worker in the media, communications or information sector who have a connection to Canada and/or the Indigenous Peoples within the boundaries of Canada.
 
Canadian Science Writers' Association
We are a national association that welcomes media professionals, communications officers in science and technology-related institutions, technical writers and educators – all of whom are involved in communicating science and technology to non-specialist audiences.
 
Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP)
We promote the professional development of creators for children and teens, through support for their creativity, craft, and business practice.
 
Crime Writers of Canada
We are the national professional association for mystery and crime writers in Canada.
 
Editors Canada
Editors Canada promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communication.
 
League of Canadian Poets
The League of Canadian Poets, a non-profit arts service organization, is the national association of professional publishing and performing poets in Canada.
 
Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC)
The Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that promotes the careers and protects the rights of professional freelance writers.
 
SF Canada
SF Canada exists to foster a sense of community among Canadian writers of speculative fiction, to improve communication, to foster the growth of quality writing, to lobby on behalf of Canadian writers, and to encourage the translation of Canadian speculative fiction. SF Canada supports positive social action.
 
The Ontario Poetry Society
The Ontario Poetry Society was founded to create a democratic organization for members to unite in camaraderie, friendship, emotional support and encouragement in all aspects of poetry, including writing, performing and publishing.
 
Writer's Union of Canada
This union is a national organization that brings writers together for the advancement of their collective interests. To qualify for membership, a writer must have a trade book published, a commercial or university press, or the equivalent in another medium.