The CADAC members are proud to provide access to the CADAC system and its support services and material needed for arts organizations across Canada.
We would like to welcome you to the new CADAC.ca webpage which will be housing the new CADAC system. Our objective is to accompany you in this journey and provide you with regular updates and information so that you are ready for the deployment planned at the end of 2022.
We invite you to browse and get familiar with the content we provide so that you get a sense of all that is made available to support you. Please note that some is still under construction and that they will be updated regularly.
Starting June 2022 and until the end of the year, different activities have been planned to ensure we provide all the information needed to arts organizations and funding agencies so that you clearly understand what you will need to plan for your transition to the new CADAC system.
For more information concerning the CADAC initiative (i.e.; presentations, frequently asked questions and more), please click here.
If you should have questions or need support, please don’t hesitate to visit the Need Help section.
CADAC is a joint effort of arts funders across the country and is dedicated to the collection, dissemination, and analysis of financial and statistical information about Canadian arts organizations in a system of record. CADAC provides a simplified process, standardized forms and a web-based application to arts organizations applying for operating (core) grants to submit financial and statistical information for use by funding agencies.
The new CADAC system was developed in 2022 by the Canada Council for the Arts, in collaboration with the CADAC members, as its strong commitment to foster sectoral collaboration and sharing of knowledge within the arts sector, and to promote the value of the public investment in the arts.
CADAC’s vision is to provide reliable data for the benefit of the arts in Canada. For reasons of accountability, transparency and sound decision-making, accurate data is crucial for public funding agencies and to the sector overall. By working together to improve the quality and availability of data on the arts in Canada, CADAC is contributing to an environment in which both funding agencies and arts organizations are better positioned to do their work.
CADAC’s mission is to collect and make available consistent, credible financial and statistical data on publicly funded arts organizations in Canada. CADAC creates efficiencies and opportunities for arts funders and arts organizations by:
Benefits for Funding Agencies
Public sector funding agencies have immediate access to current and consistent data for all the arts organizations they fund. Aggregate data across CADAC is also accessible, allowing for reliable and consistent financial and statistical analysis of the Canadian arts sector. Individually and collectively, funding agencies will be able to report on the health of their organizations and the impact of the arts in their communities.
The participating funding agencies (CADAC Members) are part of a Master Service Agreement. Click here to find the arts funding agencies participating in the CADAC.
Benefits for Arts Organizations
Canadian arts organizations applying to one or multiple funding agencies for operating (core) grants submit their financial and statistical information in a single format, to a single platform. They also have access to their own historical data and to reports on their own organization and comparative reports to all similar organizations in the database.
CADAC is a joint effort of arts funders across the country, which seeks to provide a simple process for arts organizations applying for operating (core) grants.
If you are applying for operating (core) grants with one of the CADAC participating agencies (funder), you will need to speak with the Program Officer / Advisor / Consultant dedicated to the funder’s grant program, to determine if you need to use CADAC. If it is a requirement from that funder’s operating (core) program to use CADAC, you will need to go through a registration process through the CADAC website.
Here is the official list of participating Funding Agencies using CADAC for operating (core) grant applications. The contact information is on their website.
This page offers public access to aggregated data sourced from all arts organizations that have recorded their financial and statistical data in CADAC. The data recorded in CADAC since 2013 can be retrieved from Explore our Data.
The quantitative datasets are available for public use, allowing you to create your own reports.
You went through the CADAC site and training material and feel you still need additional assistance? We are here for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us for support.
Topics regarding financial and statistical forms, financial reconciliation, CADAC reports, research, membership, policies and procedures.
Please submit your comments by clicking on the ‘’Contact Us’’ button below. We would love to hear from you.
Our response time is currently averaging between 3 to 5 business days, depending on the nature of your inquiry. The deployment of the new CADAC system in December is causing a higher than usual number of requests for support, which may require more than 5 business days to respond to.
Before reaching out for support, please take the time to review the self-help support material and training videos available under Training for Organizations. These may provide a quick answer to your questions.
Urgent requests for support on registration and grant deadlines will be treated as a priority within the standard 2-3 business days.
When contacting us for support, please clearly mention the following information to help reduce the delay:
We appreciate your patience as we work towards a return to our regular service level.
Monday to Friday: 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST
(September 1st to June 30th)
Monday to Friday: 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST
(July 1st to August 31st)
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Our offices are closed on statutory holidays. Please consult the following list for more details.
Offices will close from December 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) and reopen on January 5 at 8:45 a.m. (EST).
Support will be provided for critical issues relating to the new system during the holidays. If you require support, click on the Contact us button to send us a message. Please note that there will be no support during weekends and statutory holidays.
For questions relating to reconciliation or training, a member of the team will get back to you once we return to the office on January 5.
Please find all updates relating to the initiative and instructions to register to the new CADAC system.