Resilience Fund


The Canadian Dance Assembly has responded to Canadian Heritage’s call for applications to the Performing Arts Worker Resiliency Fund.

CDA submitted an application for all dance artists.
As a result of the competition, Canadian Heritage awarded us a $3.88 million fund to provide direct support to independent and self-employed dancers.

CDA will provide a total of 1500 grants of $2500 each with the funding received.

The fund is intended to support dancers who perform.

Many independent dance artists perform multiple roles as part of their artistic practice.

Whether you are a choreographer, dance dramaturge, rehearsal director, lighting designer, technical director, stage manager, production manager or costume designer, there is money for you too! However, it is the AFC that has received the funds to support you. Don’t hesitate to contact them.

Dancers from Québec should contact Fondation des artistes du Québec.

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

For more information, please contact us.




To learn more about the process and the preliminary results click here:

Presentation on the Resiliency Fund given at our AGM on September 16 by Karla Etienne. 

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

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 Exchange, 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

In the name of Canadian dancers, we thank Canadian Heritage and the Government of Canada.

Read the Canadian government news release here.


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