COVID-19: Support for culture, heritage and sport sectors

As a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Canada is taking immediate action to provide support measures and financial relief for the culture, heritage and sport sectors

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Current support measures

Budget 2022: Targeted COVID-19 support – Canada Arts and Culture Recovery Program (CACRP)

As announced, Canadian Heritage released details of the new Canada Arts and Culture Recovery Program (CACRP) which continues the Department’s targeted support for organizations that are still facing significant financial challenges in the third year of the pandemic.

As proposed in Budget 2022, the Government of Canada is investing $50 million in 2022-2023 to provide additional targeted support measure to compensate Canadian arts, culture, and heritage organizations for revenue losses due to public health restrictions and capacity limits, and the hesitancy of audiences to return to in-person activities due to COVID-19.

This funding will reinforce the substantial two-year (2021-2022 and 2022-2023) $300 million Recovery Fund for the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sectors and the $200 million Reopening Fund announced in Budget 2021.

More information about the CACRP funding delivery components:

Support for Booksellers

The Support for Booksellers sub-component of the Canada Book Fund helps Canadian booksellers increase their ability to sell books online, in order to strengthen the sustainability of their operations in the wake of the COVID19 pandemic.

Application deadline: April 25, 2022

Short-Term Compensation Fund for Canadian Audiovisual Productions (STCF): Extended for the year 2022-2023

The Short-Term Compensation Fund for Canadian audiovisual productions (STCF), administered by Telefilm Canada, provides a temporary measure to help minimize the consequences of the lack of insurance coverage for filming interruptions and the abandonment of productions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the sector of audiovisual production.

The STCF is extended until March 31, 2023 and is budgeted at up to $150 million dollars.

Community Sport for All Initiative

The Community Sport for All Initiative component of the Sport Support Program will provide $80 million over two years to support organized sport at the community level to help Canadians and communities recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Application deadline: April 4, 2022

Learn more about this initiative to support community sport projects for equity-deserving groups.

Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund

The Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund is a new $60 million temporary funding program to help workers in the live performance sector. It will fund initiatives led and delivered by organizations in the sector to directly support independent and self-employed workers (gig workers) in the live performance sector.

Learn more about this additional Support for Cultural Workers in the Live Performing Arts Sector.

May 2, 2022 announcement: Four independent organizations will provide COVID-19 transitional support to self-employed cultural workers in the live performing arts sector

Budget 2021 recovery and reopening funds for the arts, culture, heritage and sports sectors

In Budget 2021, the Government of Canada committed $1.9 billion to help support the arts, culture, heritage and sport sectors. This continued support for Arts, Culture, Heritage and sports sectors will help ensure recovery and growth, and help create good, middle-class jobs in these sectors.

Learn more about the distribution of Recovery and Reopening Funds for the Arts, Culture, Heritage, and Sport Sectors and the Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative.

Engaging with the community

2021: Canadian Artists and Content Creators Economic Survey Report

On May 10, 2021, the Department of Canadian Heritage invited Canadian artists and content creators to share their story by participating in the Canadian Artists and Content Creators Economic Survey. The purpose of this survey is to help create an updated portrait of the artistic and creative community in Canada. This data gathering is important to help ensure policies and programs continue to be responsive to the sector’s reality. Consult the Canadian Artists and Content Creators Economic Survey Report.

2021 Recipient survey – Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations

We conducted a survey to determine whether this emergency support fund achieved its main objectives in helping organizations maintain jobs, and support business continuity. Here are the results from the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations Recipient Survey.

2020 roundtables

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has been meeting with people working in the culture, heritage and sport sectors across the country to understand how the Government of Canada can best support them through this challenging time. In the fall of 2020, a series of town halls and roundtables engaged nearly 4,000 individuals and organizations and received close to 1,000 written submissions. Participants had an opportunity to share their views about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their sectors. They also discussed ideas for a relaunch that will be more fair, inclusive and green. These conversations will help us build towards a stronger and more equitable recovery for Canadians.

Summaries of roundtable discussions

Completed support measures

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