Tour Funding

Funding for tours can come from various sources.  The main ones are federal (Canada Council for the Arts) and provincial.  Below is a list of options:

Canada Council for the Arts

With the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA), you can apply for grants for residencies, co-productions, travel, and touring. While it is strongest to have a three or more stop tour when applying for touring funding, it isn't necessary. Sometimes International Presenters can apply for funds to support some of their costs associated with bringing you to their venue (these would be costs that your grant is not already covering). 

The Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA) defines a tour stop in the Canadian Theatre Agreement when the theatre requires the Artist to be away from their Point of Origin (a forty (40) kilometre radius from the Theatre’s primary place of business address).

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage works with presenters and supports seasons. They will help Canadian presenters bring in international colleagues, or support presenters when they travel. In short, they do not support tours by directly funding the artists, their support goes directly to the presenters. 

Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) supports artists who do tours through consulates. These artists are usually chosen by the consulates and represent core Canadian values. There is no application process for this. These tours are often very fulfilling but very tightly scheduled. They will often happen in regions that Canada is working to increase trade or cultural diplomacy.


There are Canadian consulates and missions in countries all around the world. The people working in the consulates work in their countries, while the staff at GAC mainly work in Ottawa. They have different abilities and budgets, largely depending on if they deal with trade or policy (sometimes this can vary within a country, from region to region). 

When planning an international tour or when travelling in order to network, always get in touch with the consulate of where you want to go. Sometimes they can provide support with receptions, or cover costs of travel, accomodation, etc.

Provincial Funding

Travel funding varies from province to province. Below is a non-exhaustive list of potential funding opportunities for provincial residents.

British Columbia

Tours within the province: In-Province Arts Touring & Circulation (B.C. residents only)
National & International: Touring Initiatives (B.C. resident for at least 12 months prior to application)


Travel grants for travel outside of Alberta: Travel Grant for Individuals and Ensembles (Alberta resident for at least 12 months prior to application)


General tour support: Tour Support Grant (Individuals must have filed an income tax return in Saskatchewan in the year preceeding the year of requested funding)


Within Manitoba: Tour Program (for artists touring in Manitoba)


Visit our Provincial Funding page for a full summary of Ontario funding streams.
Local, National & International: Touring Projects (for Ontario-based practitioners)


Travel outside of Québec: Circulation hors Québec
Within Québec: Bourse de circulation d'oeuvres au Québec

New Brunswisk

There doesn’t seem to be a specific touring program but for general arts grants visit this page: Grant Programs Archive (New Brunswick resident for at least 12 months prior to application)

Nova Scotia

There doesn’t seem to be a specific touring program but for general arts grants visit this page: Programs (Nova Scotia resident for at least 12 months prior to application)

Prince Edward Island

"Dissemination" grants available: Arts Grants program (Must have a PEI address as your primary residence for a minimum of 12 consecutive months)

Newfoundland and Labrador

Artists travel fund for Inside or Outside of the province: Professional Artists' Travel Fund (Supporting travel costs for artists or groups that have been invited to take part in unexpected activities that will enhance their careers)


Touring Outside of Yukon: Touring Artist Fund (TAF) (Must have lived in Yukon for 1 continuous year before applying.)

Northwest Territories

General project funding, might indluce travel: NWT Arts Council Funding (You have been a resident of the NWT for at least 2 years prior to the deadline.)


This program can including touring: Community Tourism and Cultural Industries Program (Nunavut residents only)

Other funding resources



Created by lphilipps. Last Modification: Wednesday January 20, 2021 11:50:19 EST by kpalm.