artsVest™ is Business for the Arts‘ signature matching incentive and sponsorship training program, designed to spark new business sponsorship of arts and culture and to build capacity in Canada’s cultural sector. The program currently operates in Ontario, Toronto, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

artsVest provides small to mid-sized arts and culture organizations with the expertise and tools needed to develop sponsorship opportunities with local business, through in-depth sponsorship training, matching incentive funds and community networking events.

Since the expansion of the program across Canada in 2011, a total of 1,913 partnerships have been created between arts and business, of which 1,181 are long-term. Since the introduction of the program in Ontario in 2002 to 2014, 2,334 businesses have partnered with 678 cultural organizations through artsVest – of which 1,509 businesses were first-time sponsors of the arts. A total of $4.06 million in matching funds has generated over $9.96 million in private sector sponsorship and resulted in an influx of more than $14.02 million to the cultural economy.

artsVest National Report April 1, 2013 – July 31, 2014
artsVest National Report April 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013 (French)
artsVest National Report April 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012 (French)
artsVest Fact Sheet (French)

For more information on the artsVest program, please visit or click the button at the right.

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