Emergency Funding Support

A list of Emergency Funding Supports for artists and arts organizations

A group of actors cheer on stage
The Tita Collective presents Tita Jokes (2019)

Federal Programs

Canada Recovery Benefit (replacement for CERB)

Update:  The Canada Emergency Response Benefit program has been replaced with the Canada Recovery Benefit program.  Benefit is up to $2,000 per month for wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).  You may apply up to a total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

CEWS provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers, including not-for-profit organizations for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020. 

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021. This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords.

The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

CEBA provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to eligible businesses, including not-for-profit organizations, which have total payroll between $20,000 and $1.5 million.  If the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022, 25 per cent (up to $10,000) will be forgiven.
Apply at your financial institution or credit unions.

Ontario Small Business Support Grant

Small businesses including charities and non-profits with fewer than 100 employees may now apply for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which helps small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown effective December 26, 2020.

Grants are from $10,000 to $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the Provincewide Shutdown.

Additional Programs

Akin Rent Relief Fund  
Accepting applications from current Akin artists and creatives; and seeking donations to support the fund 

▶ Centre for Social Innovation: How to get financial support during COVID-19
A blog post explaining how to apply for Employment Insurance (EI) or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

City of Toronto: COVID-19: Economic Support & Recovery
Economic Support and Recovery for Businesses, Individuals and Families

City of Toronto: Youth-led Community Crisis Response Fund and General Community Crisis Response Fund 
Provide financial assistance of up to $3,000 for projects or activities that address the impacts of a violent traumatic incident that occurred since February 1st, 2020 within a neighbourhood or across multiple communities. 

Community Foundations of Canada: Indigenous People’s Resilience Fund (IPRF)
Aims to support Indigenous-led organizations running projects at the community level that serve those vulnerable populations who have been affected by COVID-19.

David Seguin Memorial Award
Micro grants to artists with disabilities to help cover basic living expenses, such as rent and groceries.

▶ Glad Day Bookshop: Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers 
Support for LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers who are in dire financial need

Indigenous Screen Office: ISO Emergency Relief Funding
$2 million in COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funding to support Indigenous-led production companies impacted by the pandemic.

Ontario Live: Music Together
A living room concert series to pay Ontario artists in need

SOCAN: $2-million Enhanced Emergency Program for SOCAN Members
Assistance is primarily aimed at SOCAN's songwriters and screen composers whose ability to sustain their income has been compromised by the impact of the crisis

Emergency financial aid for entertainment pros

Theatre Direct: $250 grocery gift cards to artists caring for their families at home during this crisis
Email info@theatredirect.ca if you are an artist parent/caregiver in need and we will be in touch to arrange delivery

Financial aid for musicians

Woodcock Fund Grant 
Emergency funds for writers mid-project