CARFAC Ontario is the association of professional visual and media artists. Founded in 1968, CARFAC (Canadian Artists' Representation/le Front des artistes canadiens) has worked for 40 years on the legal and economic issues facing visual artists. We believe that artists, like professionals in other fields, should be paid for their work and share equitably in profits from their art practice. The work of CARFAC Ontario is to develop policies, publications and services that assist artists, galleries, curators, art patrons, and other stakeholders in creating an economic climate that benefits all visual artists.


Strengthening the Sector: Resources and Best Practices for the Visual, Media and Craft-Based Arts Sector

Strengthening the Sector: Resources and Best Practices for the Visual, Media and Craft-Based Arts Sector is a three-year project focused on researching and developing a range of resources and tools to support the visual, media and craft-based arts sectors. The ultimate goal of the project is to establish a set of best practices to advance industry standards through a consultative, consensus building process. The resulting ethical and practical professional standards and best practices developed will provide guidance in areas where regulation and agreements currently do not exist. 



Artworks & Charitable Fundraisers: Updated sector-wide survey extended to July 26th! 

CARFAC Ontario is researching, collecting and aggregating multiple perspectives into a toolkit which addresses the contribution of artworks from living artists in Ontario’s charitable fundraising events. We need your help to develop a Charitable Fundraisers Toolkit.

Fundraising events (such as auctions and raffles) which include artworks from living artists are a mainstay of charitable fundraising in Canada. We want to support these important revenue generating activities while upholding professional standards for working with independent artists.

Your insight is critical in developing a toolkit that encourages collaboration, innovative fundraising models, and support for Ontario’s artists and organizations. By responding to this survey, you are directly contributing to the research that will inform the content for this Code of Practice. Research findings will be aggregated and published by CARFAC. The resulting tools will be available, free, on our website.

The resulting toolkit will be a part of CARFAC Ontario’s project: Strengthening the Province: Resources and Codes of Practices for the Visual, Media and Craft-Based Arts Sector. This is a three-year project focused on researching and developing a range of resources and tools to support the visual, media and craft-based arts sectors. The ultimate goal of the project is to establish a set of best practices to advance industry standards through a consultative, consensus building process. The resulting ethical and practical professional standards and best practices developed will provide guidance in areas where regulation and agreements currently do not exist.

The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes of your time. You may withdraw your participation at any time by simply exiting your browser or closing the survey site. The survey will close on Sunday, July 26th at 11:59pm EST.

Please take some time to complete this quick survey: www.surveymonkey.com/s/7F9S9SJ 

* If you had previously filled out this survey, you do not need to do so again. Any survey design flaws from the survey in May 2015 have been resolved and 3 non-required questions about tax implications have been added to the artist stream. 


Sally Lee is the new Executive Director of CARFAC Ontario

CARFAC Ontario Board of Directors is pleased to announce Sally Lee as the new Executive Director of CARFAC Ontario. 

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As an active member of Toronto’s arts community, Sally brings to CARFAC Ontario over 25 years of experience as an arts administrator. She has held management and leadership positions at a broad range of not-for-profit organizations, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Artists for Peace and Justice Canada, Samara Canada, and the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, where she was Executive Director. She has also worked at artist-run centres such as the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, and served on the Board of Directors at the Images Festival. She currently sits on the Advocacy Committee of the Toronto Arts Council, the Board of the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, and the Advisory Board of Reel Asian. Sally has a BA from the University of Toronto, where she majored in Philosophy and Literary Studies.  

“Sally brings to this position a depth of experience, a glowing reputation and good humour.  We, the board, are thrilled to have her join our team. Welcome, Sally!“ - Yael Brotman, President 

Sally will assume her new role on Monday, June 22, 2015 and can be reached at sl[at]carfacontario.ca or 416-340-8850 / toll-free: 1-877-890-8850. 


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