Our Mission


CANVAS Arts Action Programs (CANVAS) is a registered non-profit organization using interactive training programs to build a culture free from homophobia, transphobia, and sexual violence. 

CANVAS' programs use an anti-oppressive framework and cover an assortment of topics, including gender identity, sexual orientation, consent, positive relationships, body esteem and violence prevention. Through dialogue and arts-inspired activities, these difficult topics come to life. 

At the heart of our programming is the development of critical thinking, empathy building, and challenging harmful social norms. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of each school, workplace, camp and community. 


Why Art?

Art is a powerful tool for dialogue and social change.
     - Encourages empathy through storytelling
     - Engages a variety of learning styles (i.e. visual, verbal, aural,    
        physical and social)
     - Recognizes knowledge and lived-experience of  participants
     - It's captivating, entertaining and fun!


Our Team

Our team is made up of teachers, social workers, human rights professionals, public health workers, students and artists. Each member of our team brings a unique skill set and knowledge-base to our training programs. 

Meet Our Team

Program Cost

CANVAS programs vary in cost depending on the program and the number of participants being trained. For communities with financial barriers, we use a sliding scale to make our programs as affordable as possible.

For more information on costs for individual programs, please contact Ayla Lefkowitz, Co-Executive Director, at ayla@canvasprograms.com or 416-841-5278 or send us a message HERE.