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:
More sector resources at www.orilliaartscouncil.ca/covid_19