Grants & Subsidies

There are several programs in Canada that award grants and subsidies to existing magazines. Currently there is no specific funding available to new publications. Always check the eligibility criteria of each program you are researching and talk to a representative of the funding organization before proceeding with an application.


Canada Periodical Fund

Canadian Heritage is responsible for national policies and programs that promote Canadian content, foster cultural participation, active citizenship and  participation in Canada’s civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians.

Canadian Heritage’s Canada Periodical Fund offers grants under three components:

Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national, arm’s-length arts funding agency. Its main areas of activity are:

  • Grants: It provides funding to individual professional artists and arts organizations through a peer assessment process.
  • Endowments and Prizes: Each year, the Canada Council awards fellowships and prizes to some 200 artists and scholars.
  • Researchcommunications and arts promotion activities also further its mandate to support, promote and celebrate the arts.

The Canada Council for the Arts offers grants to art and literary magazines.

Cultural Agencies

In Ontario, Ontario Creates offers funding to eligible magazines based in the province. Ontario Creates, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries.

Provincial Councils and Foundations

Arts and literary magazines may find grants available to their organizations through their local arts councils and various foundations, including:


Alberta Foundation for the Arts

British Columbia

British Columbia Arts Council
Creative BC


Manitoba Arts Council
Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism
Winnipeg Arts Council
The Winnipeg Foundation

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Arts Board
New Brunswick – Tourism, Heritage and Culture


The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
Newfoundland – Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation

Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories Arts Council
The Government of the Northwest Territories – Education, Culture and Employment

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Business Development Program
The Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council


The Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (NACA)
Nunavut – Department of Culture and Heritage


Ontario Arts Council
Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Toronto Arts Council

* Non-profit organizations that publish a magazine may want to investigate the grants available through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


PEI – Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture and Arts Grants Program


Société de développement des périodiques culturels québecois (Sodep)
Culture et Communications Québec
The Quebec Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec
Union des écrivaines et des écrivains québécois (UNEQ)


The Saskatchewan Arts Board


The Yukon Arts Section