Resilience Fund Updates

CDA has received funding from the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund to bring direct assistance to independent and self-employed dancers from across Canada, thanks to Canadian Heritage.  

The CDA continues to prepare to receive requests for this emergency funding.  We are working to make sure the process is simple, quick, accessible, and secure.  We are planning to launch our application form within the next few weeks, please stay tuned for more information! 


With the funding received, we aim to offer a total of $2500 each to 1500 applicants. 


We prioritize those who have been hardest hit by the pandemic: IBPOC, racialized people, 2SLGBTQIA+, deaf people, persons with disabilities, minority language speakers, rural and underserved areas, and do so with an intersectional approach to best serve marginalized dancers in need.

We would like to heartily thank the partner organizations and the members of the advisory committee who assisted us in developing the application process.  Their input is invaluable and essential to ensure that we proceed in accordance with our values of care, equity and access.

For more information, please contact us at


Members of the Advisory Committee: 

Zorya Arrow, Heath Berkholz, Amy Hampton, Leelee Oluwatoyosi Eko Davis, Calla Lachance, Liliona Quarmyne, Bobbi Westman, Ziyian Kwan, Charles Smith, Jessica Wadsworth

Partner Organizations:  

Alberta Dance Alliance, Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO), Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), Studio 303, Dancers Transition Resource Centre (DTRC), CADA-West, CADA-EAST, The Dance Center, Dance Saskatchewan, Dance West Network, Young Lungs, Dance Nova Scotia, DanceNL, Neighbourhood Dance Works, Kinetic Studio, Association Acadienne des artistes professionnels le. s du NB, Dance Immersion, Dance Ontario, The Dance Health Alliance of Canada, Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA), Yukon Arts Centre, TO Love-In, Dancers of Damelahamid, Propeller Dance


*Dancers from Québec should contact Fondation des artistes.

Choreographers, dramaturges, rehearsal directors, lighting designers, technical directors, stage managers, production managers, costume designers should apply to The AFC.

This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada


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