COVID 19 Health and Safety for Artists


For the latest information on COVID-19 in Canada, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website and consult your local health authority.

For a list of Community-based measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from the Government of Canada, head here.

For a list of COVID Assessment Centres in the GTA, click here.


Resources for producing and rehearsing safely

The NAC Guide to Support the Re-Opening of Canadian Performing Arts Centres and Venues  provides tools and best practices aim to help performing arts venues prepare for every aspect of putting on a show, from contract negotiation to rehearsal to performance, and everything in between. It is designed to help the Canadian performing arts industry recover and thrive in the age of COVID-19.


City of Toronto COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines for Businesses & Community Organizations: Includes planning guides, bylaw information, risk assessment and migitation guides, and downloadable printable posters - organized by business/organization type.


WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Safety Plan Builder has created a PDF-based tool to guide you through a six-step process to help you create a COVID-19 Safety Plan. 

Resources for artists working in the Canadian performing arts sector

Here are some resources that may help you as you navigate art making during this time. We encourage you to refer to the resources below as they will be regularly updated and monitored:

BusinessTO and CultureTO Newsletters

Keep up-to-date on the latest guidelines, resources, and opportunities for arts and culture in the City of Toronto by signing up for their newsletter. 

Actsafe COVID-19 Updates to Protocols and Resources

Resources for the arts and entertainment industry, including but not limited to Industry Relaunch Framework, Risk Assessment Guidelines and much more. You can also sign up to receive notifications everytime a new resources is added. 

GVPTA COVID-19 Impact Survey and Resource List

Includes a submission form for data collection and community resource distribution, public health authority information, provincial and local resources

Toronto Arts Council (TAC) COVID-19 Updates Page

Most up-to-date information form the TAC for grant recipients and artists residing in the GTA, including a list of prior public releases and assembled resources.

TAPA COVID-19 Resources

TAPA is updating this page with all public notices from Toronto Public Health (TPH). They also have a list of resources for TAPA members including action plans, sample communications and event guidance.

PACT Public Resource Folder

Includes presentation slides on public health measures and some steps for theatre companies to consider taking now and a copy of today’s Contract Confidential email to PACT Regular Members with information about show cancellations and the Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA)

Resources and Tips including a list of considerations from the CDA (Canadian Dance Assembly)

Newsletter release from CDA with company and individual considerations dated March 12 2020.

Freelance Theatre Artist Resource List

An American resource

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

Above is an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

Principles for Ethical Cancellation

Ways in which freelance artists can help sustain our vital creative community by taking the following actions created by Springboard for the Arts


Emergency Funding Initiatives for artists in Canada

It’s important to remember that you and your work have value: asking for support in a difficult time is appropriate. Fractured Atlas has created a downloadable PDF with templates for some helpful language for asking for support.


Not sure how government initiatives like The Emergency Care Benefit or The Emergency Support Benefit apply to you? Generator also published a blog post breaking down how recent announcements from the Canadian government about financial relief are likely to affect Canadian artists. 


Resources for transitioning to a digital workplace

Check out this article on How to Transition to a Virtual Workplace Overnight from Fractured Atlas

Our pals at Camp Tech have crowdsourced a list of tech, digital marketing, communications and website professionals who are willing to volunteer their time to help small businesses, charities and non-profits with digital projects during the pandemic.

Live streaming resources

Planning a livestream? We have a whole page on Live streaming an Event that we recommend you check out!

Advocacy and Collective Care resources

A resource list assembled by SURJ-TO of emergency demands and mutual aid opportunities during the COVID-19 crisis. Many of these efforts are based in Toronto, with advocacy extending to the provincial and federal levels.

COVID-19 Emergency Resources For Marginalized Artists & Communities: Toronto's Margin of Era Gallery is updating this Google Doc regularly with Mutual Aid Funds, petitions and more.


Health Care and Self Care resources

An ever-growing list of free arts/culture/education/health/wellness resources where folks can access some fun, nourishing, and educational experiences from home.

Theatre Resources for Isolation is a Google doc originating in the UK that has links to play databases, YouTube channels with recorded performances, interviews, panels and all sorts of resources to keep you occupied during this time.

Check out our Health Care page and our Mental Health page for resources related to accessing care. We've added lots of free, online resources for exercising, meditation and accessing mental health support remotely during this time. 

TakeCare19 has put together a resource hub for Accessible & Inclusive Mental Health Resources for Coping Through COVID‑19

Visit The 519's COVID-19 update page to sign up for friendly check-ins via phone or email, or to access resource packages related to: essential services and supports; care and prevention; emotional and self-care. The 519 is a Toronto organization committed to serving LGBTQ2S communities. 

CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto) released a Mental Health package to support the public as they navigate COVID-19. 

Get help with high prescription drug costs by applying to the Trillium Drug Programwhich helps Ontarians pay for their high prescription-drug costs.

Friends of Ruby is maintaining crisis and counselling appointments, and providing additional supports to youth over the phone and through the internet. If a youth needs any type of assistance with mental health or coping with COVID-19, or finding food, shelter and other resources they can call 416-359-0237 or email: info at friendsofruby.ca.

Vancouver organization Peak Resilience created a comprehensive Mental Health Guide including a resource list. 

VirusAnxiety.com has compiled a list of articles to help with COVID-19-related anxiety. 

Anxiety Canada has released MindShift, a free app (available on the App Store and Google Play) that provides evidence-based mental health relief, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) strategies. 

Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety is a digital toolkit created by Shine containing resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty. It includes sections on "ask an expert", "free meditations, "take a break" and more. 

Artscape Daniels Launchpad is providing free online workshops and classes on a variety of topics, including money, grant writing, mindfulness and pilates.

Theatre Resources for Isolation is a Google doc originating in the UK. 

Foodbanks and free/low-cost meals

Use this interactive cross-Canada map to find a foodbank in your area. You can also search by city, province, and postal code. 

211Toronto has a list of Free/Low Cost Meal Programs in the GTA which can be searched by postal code, address or community. 211Toronto recommends contacting each organization directly prior to visiting in person to receive up to date information on their service. 

The 519 in Toronto is providing free ready-to-go meals 7 days a week on The 519 patio in front of FABARNAK Café (Monday to Friday: 1pm and 4pm, Saturday and Sunday: 12:30pm - visit their website for up-to-date information. The 519 is committed to serving LGBTQ2S communities.


Tracking lost income

While our governments and arts councils are still in the process of determining what financial support they will be able to provide to workers who have been affected by event cancellations and public closures, they have all stated the importance of documenting your financial losses. Generator published a blog post about things to keep in mind when tracking financial losses due to COVID-19, including links to the following tracking tools: 


If you have lost your job, or are looking for work, check out our page on Finding work and Unemployment for some helpful resources. 


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Created by kpalm. Last Modification: Wednesday September 2, 2020 14:06:11 EDT by kpalm.