ACTSAFE’s Performing Arts Industry Relaunch Framework

Please note that information updates are frequent, and this information is relevant as of May 2020. Consult WorkSafeBC’s COVID-19 and returning to safe operation guide and information from the Public Health Office (PHO) for the most up-to-date information.This framework is developed to specifically address the risks associated with COVID-19. It is designed to help organizations complete the COVID-19 Safety Plan as required by WorkSafeBC and address public health order

CERB Eligibility Survey

Short questionnaire by the Canadian government to help guide you to available benefits.

LEEFF: Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility

Canada Development Investment Corporation’s Emergency COVID-19 Mandate

CDEV and CEEFC have been mandated to assist the Government of Canada as part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

As a federal Canadian Crown Corporation established to manage investments assigned to it, CDEV has been mandated to implement the Government of Canada’s Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility in cooperation with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and the Department of Finance.

This program will provide emergency funding support for large Canadian enterprises facing financial challenges in light of the economic impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. CEEFC has been formed to administer this mandate.

LEEFF will be open to large Canadian employers who (a) have a significant impact on Canada’s economy, as demonstrated by (i) having significant operations in Canada or (ii) supporting a significant workforce in Canada; (b) can generally demonstrate approximately $300 million or more in annual revenues; and (c) require a minimum loan size of about $60 million.

Broader sectoral dynamics for LEEFF applicants will be considered by Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada. As part of this process, applicants will also be contacted by ISED officials.

CECRA: Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses provides relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. It offers unsecured, forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners to:

  • reduce the rent owed by their impacted small business tenants
  •  meet operating expenses on commercial properties

Property owners must offer a minimum of a 75% rent reduction for the months of April, May and June 2020.

#WeGoUnScene – Support our industry!

How it works

Post a picture of yourself at work using the hashtag #WeGoUnScene on Instagram, Twitter – or post a picture directly on our Facebook page.

Include a short story on why you enjoy working in the entertainment industry.

We’ll repost the photo on Instagram or highlight it on our Facebook page to show others that #WeGoUnScene.

Toronto Music Advisory Committee Endorses Property Tax Relief of 50 Percent for Live Music Venues

Ontario stage one reopening details

Filming or other on-site activities, especially those that require the gathering of workers, performers or others are not permitted to resume in Stage 1.

Canadian Government outlines distribution of $500M of arts and culture for COVID-19 support

Today, our government announced more details about our $500 million investment to support these industries. The distribution of funding will include: – Up to $326.8 million to be administrated by Canadian Heritage and divided among select departmental programs and Portfolio agencies as well as key delivery organizations. Specifically:

–>$198.3 million will be provided to the beneficiaries of arts and culture funding via existing programs as well as other organizations with demonstrated needs

–>$72 million will be provided to the sport sector

–>$53 million will be provided to the heritage sector via the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program

– $55 million to be distributed by the Canada Council for the Arts

– $3.5 million will be provided for COVID-related projects under the Digital Citizen Initiative

– $115.8 to support the Canadian audiovisual sector, to be distributed by the Canada Media Fund ($88.8 million) and Telefilm Canada ($27 million)

COVID-19 panel discussion: contractors, vendors and the future

Join industry thought leaders in a series of panel discussions around current challenges, crisis management strategies and solutions needed to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis. 

Canadian Government proposes commercial relief that would cover up to 75% of rent payments for three months

Canadian Government is proposing to offer commercial rent relief in the form of loans for landlords of small and medium-sized businesses that would cover up to three-quarters of tenants’ payments for three months, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.