COVID-19 November 27 Update

TORONTO, November, 27 2020 - Toronto Arts Council is committed to providing accurate and up to date information for the arts community throughout the COVID-19 emergency response period. See here for updated COVID-19 web pages and all prior TAC releases and assembled resources.

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. There is no minimum revenue drop required to qualify for the subsidy. Registered charities, non-profits, and some prescribed organizations may choose whether or not to include government funding, such as grants, when calculating eligible revenue.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) has been extended to June 2021. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2021, or 180 days after the end of the claim period, whichever comes later. The current claim period (Period 8), is from September 27 to October 24, 2020.

ShowLoveTO Partner Activation Grant Program 

The ShowLoveTO Partner Activation Grant Program will provide one-time funding up to $25,000 for events and activations planned to take place in Toronto between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Clarification: TAC operating organizations ARE eligible for this program. Announced by Mayor John Tory on November 25, the ShowLoveTO community partner program is designed to amplify, showcase and provide support to community organizations across the city who are producing events or actviations when it is safe to do so in the New Year. Applications must be submitted before 5 pm on December 11, 2020.

The Reconnect Festival and Event Program

The Reconnect Festival and Event Program offers non-capital funding to in-person and online events in Ontario that provide experiences that encourage people to travel locally and rediscover the beauty and diversity of their community, draw attendees and provide positive economic impact for the local community, the region and the province, create job opportunities for Ontarians, particularly in the tourism, culture and entertainment sectors. Application deadline is December 1, 2020 5 pm.

The Resilient Communities Fund

Ontario Trillium Foundation's Resilient Communities Fund offers support from $5,000 to $150,000 for the non-profit sector to recover and rebuild from the impacts from COVID-19. Application deadline December 9, 2020 at 5 pm.


Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021 will kick-off the City’s new 10-Year of Public Art Strategy, signalling Toronto’s renewed commitment to public art. The program will celebrate Toronto’s incredible collection of public art and the artists behind it, while creating more opportunities for the public to connect and engage with the work. Toronto’s commitment to this exciting new program underscores a dedication to the arts sector as an essential component of a vibrant city.


For online art events and offerings, please view our COVID-19 Arts Activations page.  

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.
Other resources: Please see the TAC COVID-19 Updates pages for links and resources including statements from Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council.

About Toronto Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council (TAC) is the City of Toronto’s funding body for artists and arts organizations. Since 1974, TAC has played a major role in the city’s cultural industries by supporting a very broad range of artistic activity. From the emerging artist to the most established, from celebrated institutions to arts that challenge convention, TAC is typically the first funder to offer support. Today, TAC grants lead to exhibitions, performances, readings and workshops seen annually by over 5 million people. Through its ongoing funding of over $23 million annually, TAC cultivates a rich engagement between artists and audiences. It is proud to reflect Toronto’s vibrancy through the diversity of the artists, arts communities and audiences that it serves. For more about Toronto Arts Council, visit

Contact Information
For information, please contact Susan Wright, Deputy Director: 416-392-6802 x 211 |