Support for Creative Sector


Federal Supports

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 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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INFORMATION FOR CANADIAN HERITAGE GRANTS RECIPIENTS

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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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

On March 27 the Government of Canada made an announcement with several new supports for Canadian businesses, including the increase of the previously announced 10% wage subsidy to 75%, to be backdated to March 15, 2020. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is designed to allow employers to keep employers on the payroll, or to rehire those who have been laid-off already.

  • To qualify, businesses must be able to show a 30% decline in business compared to the same month(s) last year (March, April, and May). The employer must also be able to demonstrate proof of payroll to determine the wage subsidy for each employee.
  • The wage subsidy will be available for Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, Corporations, Non-Profits, and Charities.
  • Eligibility is not limited by the number of employees or size of businesses. The subsidy will cover up to $58,700 of each employee’s salary, which would provide a weekly subsidy of up to $847 per employee.     
  • Employers will need to confirm that they are doing everything that they can to pay the remaining 25% of the employee’s salary, though paying the remaining 25% is not a requirement for eligibility, however, it is encouraged.     
  • In May it was announced that the Canada Emergency age Subsidy would be extended to August 29, 2020.  
  • Applications will be open on April 27.

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When applying for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), you will be asked to enter amounts such as the number of eligible employees and gross payroll. To get ready, you can determine these amounts and preview your subsidy claim based on the information you enter. The below CEWS calculator is a tool to help you estimate the amount of your wage subsidy.

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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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Provincial Supports

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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Other Supports

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Arts Nova Scotia

Arts Nova Scotia has developed a resource page on their website to aid those in the creative sector.

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Visual Arts Nova Scotia

Visual Arts Nova Scotia has developed a resource page on their website to aid those in the creative sector.

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