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COVID-19: Information and support for the arts sector




COVID-19 and the arts sector

The pandemic has led to the closure of public spaces and the cancellation of events around the world, causing great stress on the arts sector. The Canada Council for the Arts will continue to work with the Government of Canada, as well as provincial, territorial, and municipal partners, to ensure the strength of the sector. The Canada Council for the Arts is in ongoing dialogue with the various levels of government and arts communities across the country to better understand what is needed, and possible, in terms of support.

Below you will find the emergency support offered by the Council at this time.

Emergency support to organizations: Advance payments on core grants
– The Council advanced funds to core-funded organizations in an amount equivalent to 35% of their annual grant by May 4, 2020.

COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund
– On May 8, the Government of Canada invested $500M to help alleviate the financial pressures of affected organizations through the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations. Canadian Heritage and its portfolio organizations were responsible for the distribution of these funds.

Digital Originals
– For more information, visit the Digital Originals page.

Digital Strategy Fund for short term activities
– For more information, visit the Digital Strategy Fund page.

Eligible Applicants

Learn more by clicking the link indicated below.

Eligible Expenses

Deadline Date



Contact Name: Canada Council for the Arts

Phone Number: 1-800 263-5588 or 613 566-4414

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