Resilience Fund FAQs
Resilience Fund
What is the Resilience Fund?

The Resilience Fund was created by the Government of Canada to help independent performing art workers with basic living expenses in a time of crisis. To know more, click here.

CDA received funds to support dancers whose main focus is performance.

CDA will give a one-time payment of $2,500.

Am I eligible for the Resilience Fund?

If you answer yes to all the following questions, you are eligible to apply:

1. Are you in need of emergency funds?

2. Have you been a self-employed dancer whose primary focus is performance, for two years or longer?

3. Can you legally work in Canada ?

Is the Resilience Fund available to dancers across all provinces and territories in Canada?

The Resilience Fund is available to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents. If you are an independent dancer who lives outside of Quebec, you may apply through CDA. If you are a Quebec resident seeking emergency support from the Resilience Fund, contact La Fondation des artistes du Québec for further information.

How will you give priority to Equity Deserving Communities?

To make sure funding will reach the people who need it most, CDA will be setting aside a minimum amount of funding for Equity Deserving Communities (IBPOC, racialized people, 2SLGBTQ+, deaf people, persons with disabilities, disabled persons, official minority language speakers, rural and underserved areas). This number is based on estimates of potential dancers in Equity Deserving Communities provided by various partner dance organizations across Canada, and will be used as a guide to make sure enough funds are available for these groups during the entire grant/funding process. Please note this is just a minimum amount, and we will provide as much funding as possible to Equity Deserving Communities.

Why are you asking me if I identify as a member of an Equity Deserving Community?

As part of the application process, CDA will ask questions about identity, race and ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. This information will be used to prioritize, better understand the needs of dancers across different communities in Canada, and help us to evaluate if we have reached our goals. Statistics are also required by Canadian Heritage. Responses are always optional.

How do I apply?

Please follow this link to our application page.
If you have any questions, or need assistance to complete your application, please contact us at:

How are applications reviewed?

Applications will be reviewed by CDA staff to make sure the information provided is complete, and eligibility criteria are met. We have funding available for approximately 1500 applicants.

When will I know if my application has been approved?

We are aiming to have applications processed in 14-21 days. You will be notified with the results of your application, and provided with the next steps to receive payment if your application is successful.

How do I receive payment?

If your application is successful, you will be notified by CDA staff and given instructions on how to receive payment. We use the secure payment service Plooto, which allows you to receive your payment via direct deposit.

How many times can I apply?

You are allowed to submit one application for emergency funding from the Resilience Fund.

Do I have to be a member of an arts service organization?

No, you do not have to be a member of any arts service organizations. This funding is available to all independent dancers across Canada (for Quebec, please address your request to the Fondation des artistes du Québec).

Is this funding taxable?

Yes, this funding is considered taxable income and it is the responsibility of the applicant to declare it in the tax year 2022-2023. The only documentation needed to do so is the confirmation email you receive from CDA. You will not receive any T4A slips from CDA.

What is considered an underserved community?

Underserved communities in Canada are a number of different constituencies which experience a range of potential problems with access. Members of underserved communities may experience barriers such as geographic location, lack of available technologies, language and cultural challenges that affect their access to information and services which are easily accessible in larger, centralized communities.


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