The Canada Council for the Arts, alone among the many councils of Canada to be known as the Canada Council, was established as a Crown Corporation in 1957 primarily to dole out grants to good little boys and girls who want to make commercially unpopular yet culturally important art. The Canada Council also co-ordinates the Killam Research Fellowships and the annual Governor-General’s Literary Awards, Awards in Visual and Media Arts, and Performing Arts Awards, and runs the Art Bank, which leases domestically-produced art to offices.
The Chairs of the Canada Council have been:
The Hon. Brian Brooke Claxton PC DCM, 1957-60.
Claude Thomas Bissell CC, 1960-62.
Col. Douglas Black Weldon, 1962-64.
Jean Martineau CC, 1964-69.
John G. Prentice, 1969-74.
Brian Flemming, 1974-75 (acting)
Gertrude Mary Laing, 1975-78.
James Mavor Moore CC, 1979-83.
Maureen Kathleen Stewart Forrester CC, 1983-88.
Allan Gotlieb CC, 1989-94.
Donna Scott, 1994-98.
Jean-Louis Roux CC, 1998-2004.
Karen Alexandria Kain CC, 2004-08.
Joseph Louis Rotman OC, 2008-2015.
Pierre Lassonde CM, 2015-now.