Notices, Tools and Resources for the Arts Community

Arts funder notices, and external tools and resources to help with workplace decision making, including tools to help track lost revenue

A backlit banner lines a street
Below the City by Esmond Lee as part of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019. Photo by Esmond Lee




Ontario Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism & Culture Industries, Hon. Lisa MacLeod, held a town hall March 26.  She announced that the Ministry budget will increase by $200 million for 2020 and OAC, Trillium, Celebrate Ontario and Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund will not penalize grant recipients for COVID-19 related cancellations. In addition, a special $1.5M Tourism Development and Recovery Fund has been established for small tourism outlets and attractions.  Destination Ontario will develop a major marketing program to assist in recovery when Ontario opens again.

Canada Council for the Arts: FAQ – Impact of COVID-19 on Funded Projects 
Information for Canada Council for the Arts grant recipients and applicants whose funded projects are impacted by COVID-19

Canadian Heritage: Information for Canadian Heritage grants and contributions recipients related to COVID-19
Answers to FAQ’s

CARFAC: CARFAC response to COVID-19
Recommendations, resources and CARFAC operations

Ontario Arts Council: COVID-19 Updates 
Archived OAC updates to date

​▶ Ontario Creates: COVID-19 Response Plan – Information for Industry Stakeholders
Program modifications, mitigation strategies, and links to resources

▶ Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN): Resources to help nonprofits adapt and respond to COVID-19
How ONN is advocating, how you can strengthen our sector’s advocacy efforts, respurces and tools

Ontario Trillium Foundation: COVID-19 Update 
An update on OTF customer service supports during the COVID-19 pandemic

▶ FACTOR: COVID-19 Related Program Changes
Details on the minimum funding contribution percentage, cancellation policy and more. 

The Writers' Union of Canada: Document your economic losses from the COVID-19 pandemic 
A notice to TWUC members

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts: COVID-19 Resources 
TAPA member COVID-19 action plans, sample communications, public health updates, workplace, community, stigma and event guidance 

Toronto Arts Council: Announcements and Bulletins


BusinessTO Support Centre
Available to help businesses respond to COVID-19 with a focus on completing applications for government assistance programs and providing business advice.

▶ Canada Revenue Agency: Charities Directorate
As part of government actions taken in dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charities Directorate is extending the filing deadline to December 31, 2020, for all charities with a Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

CARFAC: Recommended practices for paying artists during the COVID-19 crisis
Guidelines to help the visual and media arts community establish procedures for paying artists when exhibitions, screenings, and other opportunities are disrupted due to cancellations or postponements.

▶ City of Toronto and Digital Main Street: ShopHERE
An initiative to help Toronto’s independent businesses and artists build and promote their very own Shopify online store. Supported by the City of Toronto, ShopHERE brings together volunteer web developers, business students and corporate partners to provide this free service.

City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit: Anti-Black Racism Analysis Tool for a Radically Equitable COVID-19 Response 
A resource for governments and community organizations that are committed to making their services, planning, practices and programs more responsive to the unique and specific experiences of Black communities.

▶ Health Canada: For Workplaces
COVID-19 guidance for employees and employers

▶ Health Canada: Community measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada
How to work together to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in the community

Leading Groups Online
A guide to leading online courses, meetings, trainings, and events during the coronavirus pandemic, by Jeanne Rewa and Daniel Hunter (Free PDF and/or E-book) 

LEAN Canada: Leadership Emergency Arts Network Information for Organizations
The LEAN Team has set up Advisors with experience in the sector in strategic decision-making, crisis management, financial analysis, board direction, relationship mediation, HR management, inspirational leadership to offer pro bono phone/zoom calls with organizations requesting some outside help/an ear/expertise.

▶ Province of Ontario: Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public (March 17, 2020)
Legal order on temporary emergency powers limiting gatherings and closing all venues

Spektrix Ticket Converter
A free tool designed to make it easier for audiences to donate, or accept refunds as credit, with a single email click. The tool is available to all cultural organisations, regardless of the ticketing system you use

Toronto Arts Foundation's Creative Champions Network: Guidance For Arts Boards Confronting a Pandemic
Recordings and resources related to its Confronting a Pandemic series for arts board members

▶ Toronto Public Health: Guidance for Workplaces / Businesses and Employers 
Factsheet for workplaces 

▶ World Health Organization: Social Stigma associated with COVID-19 (​Feb. 24 Edition) 
A guide to preventing and addressing social stigma

▶ Young Associates: Tipsheets
Tips for Completing Record of Employment Forms with Respect to COVID-19
Tips for Working Remotely: Increase Efficiency, Adopt Digital Payments
Tips for Working Remotely: Accounting Processes & Documentation
Payroll Tips on Accessing the Federal Wage Subsidy


▶ Craft Alliance: COVID-19 – Response and Resources for the Craft Community
Includes a tool for Craft Alliance members to track lost income here, which can be adapted to different disciplines

Generator: Tracking Financial Losses due to COVID-19
Tips and tools

I Lost My Gig Canada: COVID-19 Impact Survey for indivdual workers from the arts, culture, heritage, tourism, and creative industries
Share stories of hope or personal, professional and economic impacts including number of lost gigs and income.

▶ Professional Association of Canadian Theatres: PACT’s COVID-19 Impact on Cultural Sector Survey
Heritage is relying on these surveys to better understand what kind of aid is needed and how best to deliver it

▶ Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC): Survey
A weekly survey to measure the economic impact of COVID-19 to ensure government is well-informed about what’s happening on the front lines

Wage Subsidy Calculator
Owais Lightwala, Managing Director of Why Not Theatre has created a Wage Subsidy Calculator Spreadsheet to help companies figure out how much they stand to gain from the  Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

▶ Young Associates: Tipsheets
Evaluating COVID-19 Impact: Effective Bookkeeping Practices
Evaluating COVID-19 Impact: Approaches to Quantification


▶ ArtHelps
A resource matching initiative for artists, creatives & arts workers. Add your ideas, skills & capacity to potentially reduce the impact of COVID-19. 

▶ CBC Arts: Here's where Canadian artists and freelancers can find help during COVID-19 shutdowns
This continuously updated list will direct you to the resources you may need right now

▶ Health Canada: Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak
A risk-assessment resource for those planning a mass gathering 

▶ Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN): Webinars
ONN presents monthly lunch-hour webinars to spark discussion on complex or emerging issues affecting nonprofits and charities in Ontario, and provide a platform to share knowledge that crosses the nonprofit sector and helps organizations get their work done. 

▶ Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT): Events
Webinars available to support the arts sector at this time.

Ryerson's School of Creative Industries, Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation: #Lights-On: Recovery and Reboot in Live Entertainment
34 music industry professionals came together to reimagine how musicians might find success in a post-pandemic world.