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

Support for arts and live events workers in response to COVID-19

The Support for Arts and Live Events Workers in Response to COVID-19 provides funding for 2021-2022 to help the planning and presentation of COVID-19 safe events in the arts and music sectors – including both live and digital – and provide work opportunities in these sectors.

Emergency support fund for cultural, heritage and sport organizations

The Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations provided additional temporary relief to support these organizations and help them plan for the future.

Waiving payments for Part I licence fees for the broadcasting sector
  • The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will not issue letters requesting payment for Part I licence fees by broadcasters for the 2020–21 fiscal year.The government will transfer the necessary funds to the CRTC to support its operations.
  • Waiving these regulatory charges for broadcasters provides immediate financial relief for the broadcasting industry, freeing up more than $30 million in cash.

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Support for Canadian Journalism
  • Budget 2019 had announced three tax measures intended to support Canadian journalism that include:
    • allowing certain journalism organizations to register as qualified donees
    • the Canadian journalism labour tax credit
    • the digital news subscription tax credit
  • A necessary condition for journalism organizations to benefit from these measures, is Qualifying Canadian Journalism Organization status. In addition, each measure has its own additional eligibility conditions. An Advisory Board is responsible for making recommendations to the Canada Revenue Agency on whether a journalism organization meets certain criteria to receive the Qualifying Canadian Journalism Organization designation.
  • The Government is proposing a number of changes and clarifications to these measures that would apply retroactively to the coming into force dates of each of the measures. These draft legislative proposals are in line with the original policy intent of the journalism measures and would help ensure that support is available to Canadian journalism organizations.

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Support for Canadian Heritage grants and contributions recipients

Visit the Support for Canadian Heritage grants and contributions recipients page for information on Canadian Heritage funding support during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Funding for national museums and the National Battlefields Commission

The Government of Canada announced an emergency investment of $25.7 million for Canada’s six national museums and the National Battlefields Commission

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Emergency funding for the National Arts Centre

The Government of Canada announced an emergency investment of $18.2 million to help the National Arts Centre (NAC) ensure the continuity of its operations and be ready to reopen to the public. The Crown corporation is the only multidisciplinary, bilingual performing arts centre in North America.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NAC closed its doors to the public on March 13, 2020 to protect the health and safety of their staff, visitors, and all Canadians. This investment will support the national institution as it continues to be a leader and innovator in performing arts fields, supporting emerging and established artists, and producing quality educational activities. It will also protect jobs on which many Canadians depend.

This support complements the Government of Canada announcement of $25.7 million for Canada’s national museums and the National Battlefields Commission.

Crown corporations, such as the National Arts Centre, are not entitled to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy or any other support measures that the Government of Canada has put in place to date.

Advance funding - Canada Council for the Arts
  • Canada Council for the Arts will issue advances enabling core funded organizations to: meet their immediate commitments, help ensure cash flow and address outstanding payments to the artists and cultural workers they employ.

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Digital originals – Micro innovation grants
  • The Canada Council will provide a total of $1 million in funding to successful applicants to develop, create and share original or adapted works with Canadian audiences online.
  • CBC/Radio-Canada will showcase and amplify the discoverability of select projects on one or more of its platforms.

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