The Canadian Dance Assembly will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and share resources and information on this page. 

Latest Announcements

May 27 - Organizations
Mental Health Webinar in partnership with CAPACOA - June (exact date TBA)

May 15 - Government extends the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Government of Canada will extend the CEWS by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020. Continue reading HERE.

May 8 - Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations: next steps to support the industry impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic - The Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, shared further details regarding the Government of Canada’s April 17 announcement of temporary relief measures to support the culture, heritage and sport sectors. The distribution of funding will include:
- $198.3 million will be provided to the beneficiaries of arts and culture funding via existing programs as well as other organizations with demonstrated needs (Heritage);
- $55 million to be distributed by the Canada Council for the Arts; 

April 24 - Prime Minister announces partnerships with provinces and territories to deliver the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses. Continue reading details HERE.

April 22 - The government has announced a series of measures as part of its COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan that will help Canadian students and recent graduates overcome these challenges and support their future success.Read full release HERE.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will open April 27. Check out this page to see if you are eligible, determine eligible employees, calculate your subsidy amount, and how to apply.

April 17 - Emergency Support Fund for the Arts, Culture and Sport Sectors : The government is providing $500 million to address the complex financial needs many are facing and those that may not otherwise be eligible for the Wage Subsidy or other measures.
April 16 Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) – The eligibility was expanded to organizations with payroll between $20,000-$1.5 million in total payroll in 2019.

April 15 - Expanding Access to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit 
- Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
- Extend the CERB to seasonal workers 
- Extend the CERB to workers who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits 

April 9 - Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan - Further details and breakdown on current support available for individuals and businesses


Sample Loss Report Spreadsheet - Template courtesy of Tau S. Bui, with English translation, provincial update by Pam Tzeng
Lost Income Tracking Spreadsheet - ArtsLinkNB
Coronavirus Response for the Live Performance Sector (provided by CAPACOA)
Metric Categories to consider for Arts & Culture - Impacts of COVID19 by Global Public Affairs
Offering venue space - Should governments and healthcare organizations need spaces for testing, blood donations, etc. would you be willing to offer your cultural venue? 
The New School of Finance - Financial tips and aid
"How-To"s for Accessing COVID-19 Government Relief Programs - from Young Associates (setting up your nonprofit's access to CRA, wage subsidy and applying for CERB)
Event Safety Alliance - Reopening Guide
Worksafe BC - Returning to safe operation guide
Support - Financial and other
Apply to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit 
The AFC - emergency financial aid relief for artists 
BC Temporary Rental Supplement (BC-TRS) Program - Providing up to $500 a month to help renters and landlords during the COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 Special Situation Fund for individuals - Prince Edward Island
Leadership Emergency Arts Network Information for Organization - Pro bono response network to help Canadian professional non-profit arts organizations (big and small) deal with what is coming during this crisis.
Free tech help during the pandemic - list provided by Camp Tech

Funding Councils and Foundations
BC Arts Council - announces operating assistance and  new Arts and Culture Resilience Supplement
Conseil des arts de Montréal - Acceleration of grant payments
Hamilton Arts Council Relief Fund - focused on raising and distributing emergency relief funds for artists
Rosza Foundation - COVID-19 program cancellation grant, for charitable organizations
Telus Foundation - National, provincial and community grants available
Canada Council for the Arts - Digital Originals grants
Canada Council for the Arts - Government $55M funds administered by the Council
Canada Council for the Arts FAQ - Advancing funds equivalent to 35% of annual grants held by all core funded organizations​

If you have a COVID-19 related question for the Canada Council, please email: Also, view their latest survey results HERE
Canadian Heritage - FAQ's and information for grants and contributions recipients

We encourage all members to be in touch with their programming officers regarding their specific programming, future applications and extension requests. 

Support - Health and Wellness
Dancer Transition Resource Centre - counselling support 
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) - Dedicated mental health resources for coping with COVID-19
Peer to peer discussion forum - CAMH
Helping Dancers Help Themselves. The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science has responded to COVID-19 with lives streams and webinars that address dancer mental health and safe dance practice during the current pandemic.
Wellness Together Canada - provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections
Self-Care in challenging times by Dr. Blessyl Buan - View slide presentation HERE.

Connecting Online
PACT weekly town halls or join the Facebook Group
Complete the Impact Survey - I lost my gig  

Kid Friendly Activities

Thanks to our database partner SUMAC for this activity book
The Senate of Canada has also provided some great educational publications for age 6-13. Resources that can help students of all ages learn about the Senate and Parliament!
Bring Dance into your Home - initiative of the National Ballet School. Explore resources for all ages

Resource Links

Public Health Agency of Canada  Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre
Recommendations compiled by CAPACOA on Coronavirus preparedness for the live performing arts sector
Public Health Agency Travel Advisories
COVID-19: Financial help for Canadians outside Canada
Public Health Agency of Canada's - Risk informed decision making for mass gatherings during COVID-19
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has a FREE Flu and Infectious Disease Outbreaks Business Continuity Plan available 
Dance Studies Association - Resources for moving dance pedagogy online

World Health Organization - Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus (videos and infographics available)

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