Toronto Arts Council Announcements

The latest COVID-19 bulletins from Toronto Arts Council can be found here


Four dancers hold each other among a black backdrop
Fall For Dance North 2019. Cody Berry, Northfoot Movement in festival commission. Photo by SVPhotography (2019)


During these unprecedented times, Toronto Arts Council will be sending regular bulletins to our mailing list about COVID-19 updates, the steps we’re taking to help the Toronto arts community, what you can do to help, and more.

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With the outbreak of COVID-19, TAC is aware that grant recipient organizations may face extraordinary challenges.

For specific questions and to advise TAC of concerns, please contact your program manager
Organizations or collectives may postpone or cancel projects affected by the COVID-19 outbreak without penalty from TAC.

Organizations receiving core funding will not be required to have replacement programming for events or activities that are delayed, changed or cancelled due to COVID-19.

Contact TAC: Please note that TAC staff will remain available to answer your questions and provide updated information throughout the outbreak. Please contact us any time.


▶ April 6, 2020: April 6 Update
City of Toronto Arts and Culture Services and Toronto Arts Council to host a Live Zoom Webinar for arts organizations on April 7, 2020, a letter to Federal Ministers, and more. 

April 2, 2020: Toronto Arts Letter to Federal Ministers
A letter to thank Federal Ministers for the the federal government's important and timely actions for COVID-19 relief, and to propose additional solutions for urgent concerns not yet addressed

▶ April 1, 2020: Launch of Fund Inspires Unprecedented Demand
Additional donations sought to direct to artists in need 

April 1, 2020: April 1 Update
Many updates for this bulletin, including: City cancels public events until June 30, 75% Wage Subsidy update, Free Strategic Support for Arts Organizations, Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), and unprecedented demand for the TOArtist COVID-19 Response Fund. 

March 27, 2020: March 27 Update
The federal government today announced its commitment to provide small businesses with a 75 per cent (increased from the previously announced 10%) wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. Not-for-profit organizations will be eligible for this wage subsidy

March 26, 2020: March 26 Update
On March 25 the federal government clarified its emergency response plan: The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) application portal will open early April. Wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals will be eligible for a $2,000 monthly benefit

▶ March 26, 2020: Helping Toronto's Artists Survive COVID -19
Toronto Arts Foundation, in partnership with Toronto Arts Council, has launched an emergency support program that will help Toronto artists who have lost performance income as a result of COVID-19

▶ March 20, 2020: March 20 Update 
Netflix Media has allocated $100 million for Emergency Support for Workers in the Creative Community - this, and other recently announced emergency funding initiatives to date. 

▶ March 18, 2020: March 18 Update
The federal government has announced an $82 billion COVID-19 Economic Response Plan including provisions for support to workers and businesses. Artists and arts workers may be eligible for the Emergency Support Benefit

▶ March 16, 2020: March 16 Update 
Note that the March 16 recommendation is now a directive from the province; effective March 17 all theatres, bars, restaurants, night clubs and cinemas must be closed until at least March 31

▶ March 13, 2020: March 13 Update 
Toronto Arts Council urges producers postponing or cancelling events of more than 250 people to track impact

▶ March 12, 2020: COVID-19 Statement for the Arts Community 
Important information for Toronto Arts Council grant recipients