Canada Council Art Bank
The Canada Council Art Bank purchases contemporary Canadian art and rents works from its collection to institutions, corporations, and government departments and agencies. The Art Bank accepts submissions for purchases annually from Canadian artists or their representatives (gallery or dealer). The deadline for submissions is usually mid-April. Guidelines, submission forms, and more information is available on their website.
The Colart collection is a corporate collection which purchases works by young Canadian artists. Their collection is shown at Colart corporate headquarters, as well as archived on their website. Please see the contact section of the website for updated submission information and guidelines.
The Microsoft Art Collection
Microsoft collects contemporary artworks for display in their offices worldwide. They do not work with individual artists, only with galleries. According to their website, gallerists can mail press and other materials to: Microsoft Art Collection, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399.
The Progressive Art Collection
Managed by the Progressive Casualty Insurance Company, The Progressive Art Collection purchases 200-300 works per year, and accepts unsolicited submissions by artists. Information and guidelines for how to apply can be found on their website; click “Tour the Collection”, “About the Collection”, then “Prospective Artists”.
The RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) Art Collection
Well known in Canada for their RBC Painting Competition, The Royal Bank of Canada also collects art by Canadian Artists for display in their offices. The RBC does not solicit submissions for their collection, however the best way for emerging artists to be involved with RBC is to enter the RBC Painting Competition or the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition.