Actions and Consultation-Service for accessibility

In accordance with its strategic planning for 2018–2020, the Conseil des arts de Montréal wishes to identify, acknowledge and support inclusive practices that promote the involvement and engagement of artists, cultural professionals and under-represented, excluded or marginalized audiences. It is committed to ensuring accessibility for all Montrealers and recognizes that individuals with visible and invisible disabilities and members of the Deaf community must have the same opportunities to access our programs and services as others do, in a manner that respects the dignity and autonomy of each individual. 

To date, several actions have been carried out by the Conseil, such as:

  • holding a consultation with stakeholders in the community,
  • implementing a pilot program to support inclusive practices launched in fall 2019, which has supported 16 projects for a total of $99,000,
  • providing Montréal arts presenters with support for putting together casual performances;
  • the provision of training on, among other things, the subject of universal accessibility;
  • and the creation of the Access Fee Support Fund, which supported 10 projects for a total amount of $ 31,315 during the last call in 2020. 

Accessibility costs

To work toward full accessibility, the Conseil will continue to develop various pilot measures to test and find the best mechanisms to fairly meet all needs, including by providing specific financial support for accessibility costs through a support fund for accessibility costs.

Accessibility costs refer to costs that certain individuals, specifically those with visible or invisible disabilities, mental illness or those who are part of the Deaf community, must pay to take advantage, in the same way as others do, of the services and programs offered by an institution or to create, produce or disseminate their art. Reimbursement of part of these costs by the Conseil des arts de Montréal may serve as a way to offset the financial disadvantage resulting from norms that hinder access.

Definitions can be found in the Conseil des arts de Montréal Glossary.

The support fund provides: 

  • financial support to submit a funding application
  • financial support for accessibility costs for a project that receives funding;
  • financial support for presenting organizations welcoming audiences self-identity as members of Deaf community or are living with a mental illness or a visible or invisible disability.

For more information, see the following document: 

Program Presentation

To apply: 

For all applications to receive support from the support fund for accessibility costs, please send to

  • a brief explanation of the costs incurred (maximum 1 page);
  • the ORORA reference number of the grant application which this Support Fund for Accessibility Costs application is attached;
  • a simple budget of the costs incurred and an estimate, if available.

We learn through adaptation, and we are always open to your feedback. Send us your suggestions.

For information or questions about the accessibility actions carried out by the Conseil, please contact:

Julien Valmary
Director of Grant Programs and Strategic Initiatives
Conseil des arts de Montréal
514 280-3585