Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

NEW funding announced to help support small and medium-sized businesses that do not qualify for, or have been declined for, current Government of Canada COVID-19 relief funding. The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) will be delivered by Canada’s six regional development agencies. In southern Ontario, $252.4 million is available, which is comprised of $213 million for small and medium-sized businesses facing financial pressure; and $39.4 million to provide rural businesses with access to capital and business support.

Priority may be given to businesses in the tourism and other sectors key to the region, that are major employers in small communities or that support the government’s commitment to underrepresented groups.

There are two funding options: 1) up to a $40,000 conditionally repayable contribution (interest-free loan) and 2) up to $500,000 unconditionally repayable contribution (interest-free loan). For more information about the program, including how to apply, please see the program guidelines and the frequently asked questions. ​

  • The Application Guide for the RRRF program can be found here. ​
  • The application portal for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program has not yet opened. Please visit the Canada Housing & Mortgage Corporation site for more information.

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide

The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide was developed by the Event Safety Alliance to address health and sanitary issues that event and venue professionals need to consider in order to protect both patrons and workers.  Since there is still insufficient testing, no contact tracing, and no vaccine against COVID-19, this guidance is particularly detailed.

The first edition is tailored to be especially useful for event professionals reopening the smallest events with the fewest resources available to mitigate their risks, since in every municipal reopening plan these will be allowed to reopen first.

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Federal Government Announces $500M for Culture Sector

Funding is to protect jobs and support business continuity for organisations whose viability has been negatively affected. It is designed to complement the other federal government measures in response to COVID-19, including the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP), and the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program.

Using a 2 phased approach,

  • The wage subsidy program will be extended beyond June. This may help organisations that did not qualify for the CEWS to now access the program as we enter the peak season for productions, festivals, and museums. You can apply to the CEWS here.
  • $198.3 million will be allocated to the arts and culture sector through existing funding programs at Canadian Heritage.
  • $53 million will be provided to the heritage sector through the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program.
  • $3.5 million will be provided for COVID-related projects under the Digital Citizen Initiative.
  • $55 million will be distributed through Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) in order to help artistic organisations that support artists.
  • $115.8 million will support the Canadian audiovisual sector through the Canada Media Fund ($88.8 million) and Telefilm Canada ($27 million).

Here are the links to helpful documents on the Emergency Fund:

News release




More sector resources at

National Survey on Federal Emergency Aid Measures and the Arts Sector

To better understand the needs of the professional arts sector in overcoming the COVID-19 crisis, the Canada Council for the Arts sent a survey to approximately 30,000 of its clients (artists, groups, and organizations) on April 6, 2020.

The Council has prepared a preliminary quantitative report on the complex challenges and the need for additional measures to help the not-for-profit arts and culture sector get through the pandemic crisis.

Read the report


Event Safety Alliance Canada

Event Safety Alliance Canada is a member of the Event Safety Alliance. Its mission is to

  • provide high quality health and safety learning opportunities to Canadian arts, entertainment and live event communities.
  • share expertise, solutions and reasonable practices based on Canadian needs and legislation.
  • with the goal of helping events prevent injuries and incidents, and protect both people and events.

The alliance is working on guidelines for the industry ,which should be available later this month. Details on the alliance can be found at

Province Providing Employers with Workplace Safety Guidelines

The Ontario government works closely with four provincial health and safety associations (HSAs) to help set, communicate and enforce the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

In partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, the HSAs have released a series of more than 60 technical sector guidance documents to further support employers and employees in remaining safe in the workplace during the COVID-19 outbreak.


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