Support for Creative Sector
Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) Guarantee
The Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) Guarantee is a new COVID-19 relief program to help hardest-hit businesses from all sectors with additional financing.
Business Development Bank of Canada will provide a 100% net loss guarantee to increase these businesses’ ability to access additional liquidity. Proceeds of the loan (up to $1 million) are exclusively meant to fund the operational cash flow needs of the business and ensure a degree of continuity of operations.
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Support for Canadians
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.
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Support workers in the Live Events & Arts Sector
Cultural and recreation industries, which employ hundreds of thousands of Canadians, have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, being among the first to shut down and likely among the last to return to regular activities.
- $181.5 million in 2021-22 to the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts to support the planning and presentation of COVID-19-safe events and the arts — including both live and digital — and to provide work opportunities in these sectors. This includes a one-year renewal of funding provided in Budget 2019 for the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund and the Canada Music Fund.
- Additional COVID-19 relief to local television and radio stations by supporting the waiving of broadcasting Part II licence fees in 2020-21, which are collected annually by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. Waiving these fees will provide up to $50 million in relief to these companies, helping them to stay afloat and maintain their broadcasting offerings to Canadians.
- To address the impact of COVID-19 on film and television productions across the country, the government announced a $50 million Short-Term Compensation Fund in September 2020. This initiative is compensating for the lack of insurance coverage for COVID-19–related filming interruptions and production shutdowns.
Support for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations
Canadian cultural, heritage and sport organizations are facing significant financial losses due to COVID-19. They have lost potential revenues from closed facilities or cancelled events. Meanwhile, they are facing challenges accessing Canada’s broader support measures such as the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy because of unique seasonal revenues and costs.
The new COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations will provide $500 million to help address the financial needs of affected organizations within these sectors so they can continue to support artists and athletes. The Fund will be administered by Canadian Heritage with the support of its partners – in particular, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada Media Fund, FACTOR, Musicaction, and Telefilm Canada. Canadian Heritage and its partners will distribute funds with the following details:
- Up to $326.8 million to be administered 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; and,
- $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 million to support the Canadian audiovisual sector, to be distributed by the Canada Media Fund ($88.8 million) and Telefilm Canada ($27 million).
- The use of the remaining funds will be assessed based on needs.
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Canada Emergency Response Benefit
The Government of Canada has announced details on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This program will provide $500 per week (up to 16 weeks) for those who have lost income due to COVID-19.
The benefit will be available to workers who:
- Reside in Canada;
- Are at least 15 years old;
- Have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits:
- Revision: Applicants can earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
- Revision: workers who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19 may now apply for the CERB.
- Revision: Seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their regular seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak may now apply for the CERB.
- Had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
- Are, or expect to be, without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income.
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CRA Small Business Liaison Officers
The Canada Revenue Agency is adapting its Liaison Officer service to support small businesses and self-employed individuals during COVID-19. Liaison Officers will be available exclusively by phone to provide the key information that small businesses and self-employed individuals need most urgently, including filing and payment deadlines and proactive relief measures.
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Events Nova Scotia
Events Nova Scotia staff at the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage have developed a number of guides and resources for those in the arts & culture sector and those involved with hosting or planning advanced focused on prevention and planning during COVID-19.
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VIEW ARTS AND CULTURE SECTOR GUIDE TO WORKPLACE PREVENTION
VIEW FESTIVAL & EVENT PLANNING GUIDE
Communities, Culture and Heritage COVID-19 Stakeholder Guidance
The NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage has developed guidelines to provide a framework to help arts, events and culture organizations and businesses develop plans to safely reopen. All businesses, organizations and employees need to follow the Health Protection Act Order and public health directives to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Each organization, event or business is responsible for creating a plan that outlines what they’re doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Your plan needs to be customized for your organization. Consider how your organization can effectively control the spread of COVID-19. You may need to change workflows or how you interact with customers, artists, performers, suppliers and clients.
This document is designed to help you create a COVID-19 prevention plan and begin to offer services to the public.
This document includes examples of the types of information you should include but may not capture everything that applies to your situation. You know your venue, event and organization best.
The NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage has also developed a guideline document for organizations, performance venues, live theatres, event organizers, faith-based gatherings, cinemas and drive-in events. It is meant to help
reduce the risks related to COVID-19 and plan to adhere to public health guidelines.
VIEW COVID-19 PREVENTION GUIDE FOR EVENT ORGANIZERS, THEATRES, AND PERFORMANCE VENUES
Worker Emergency Bridge Fund
The Province of Nova Scotia has announced a program to aid citizens and businesses affected by the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. The $20 million Worker Emergency Bridge Fund will help the self-employed and those laid-off workers who do not qualify for Employment Insurance. Government will provide a one-time, $1,000 payment, to bridge the gap between layoffs and closures and the federal government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
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Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. is taking applications for the Productivity Innovation Voucher Program. The program helps small and medium sized companies access direct assistance to help make their business more productive and innovative. The program helps businesses find expertise within post-secondary institutions to improve productivity, develop a new product, service, or process, and create growth.
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Nova Scotia Business Inc. has also developed a form and tool to connect businesses with independent consultants across the province to address your immediate business challenges as a result of COVID-19 and beyond.
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NS Business Navigators
Nova Scotia Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness Business Navigators are available to help businesses with any questions you may have. They can be reached Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm at 1-844-628-7347, or by email at BusNavigation@novascotia.ca.
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CBC: Where Can Canadian Artists Find Help During COVID-19?
CBC has compiled a number of resources that Canadian artists can use during COVID-19 and the resulting shutdowns.
Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts has developed a resource page on their website to aid those in the creative sector.
Canadian Network for Arts & Learning
The Canadian Network for Arts and Learning has developed a resource page on their website to aid those in the creative sector.
Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund has put together an information hub for Canada’s screen-based industries, as well as news from the CMF and information on the impact of COVID-19 on our industry. The page also includes an assistance programs directory.
Arts Nova Scotia
Arts Nova Scotia has developed a resource page on their website to aid those in the creative sector.
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
Visual Arts Nova Scotia has developed a resource page on their website to aid those in the creative sector.
Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide
The Event Safety Alliance had developed a Reopening Guide as a collective work by event industry professionals to help its peers who are planning to reopen during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.