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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Includes a submission form for data collection and community resource distribution, public health authority information, provincial and local resources
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 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.
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)
Newsletter release from CDA with company and individual considerations dated March 12 2020.
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Above is an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.
Ways in which freelance artists can help sustain our vital creative community by taking the following actions created by Springboard for the Arts
- The AFC (Emergency financial aid for entertainment professionals) has released a COVID-19 Guide on available support during this time
- NABS financial assistance for media, marketing, and communications professionals
- Unison — financial aid for musicians
- Glad Day Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers
- CANADIAN Low-Income Artist/Musician Relief Fund
- Woodcock Fund Grant — emergency funds for writers mid-project
- No Questions Asked Emergency Fund for Toronto's Precarious Workers
- CBC Arts is hosting a continuously updated list of where Canadian artists and freelancers can find help during COVID-19 shutdowns.
- The Toronto Arts Council (TAC) and Toronto Arts Foundation (TAF) are offering $1000 grants to Toronto based self-employed artists
- Opera Artist Emergency Relief Fund provides urgent funds to opera artists experiencing immediate cash shortages for basic necessities
- The David Seguin Memorial Award will be awarding $100 micro grants to artists with disabilities to help cover basic living expenses, such as rent and groceries.
- Behind the Scenes offers financial support to Entertainment Technology Professionals in need of financial support due to COVID-19 in the form of Basic Needs, Counselling or Funeral Support Assistance (performing artists are not eligible)
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.
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.
Planning a livestream? We have a whole page on Live streaming an Event that we recommend you check out!
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.
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 Program, which 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.
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.
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:
- ArtsLink New Brunswick's Excel templates, available in English or French
- Tau S. Bui's Excel template in French (with option to select your province and see tax options relevant to you)
- Pam Tzeng's Google Sheets template in English (translation of Tau S. Bui's template - same provincial options as above)
- Indigenous artists can submit their lost income via this form to support the creation of race-informed data on this subject.
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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