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Four independent organizations will provide COVID-19 transitional support to self-employed cultural workers in the live performing arts sector


OTTAWA, May 2, 2022

The Government of Canada recognizes that the live performing arts sector has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. We stand with Canada’s artists and cultural workers in this sector.

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, announced that the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund will provide more than $50 million in direct funding to independent, self-employed workers in the live performing arts sector who are experiencing financial hardship, up to a maximum of $2,500 per individual. This important funding support will be provided to individuals through four independent organizations: La Fondation des artistes, The Actors’ Fund of Canada, The Canadian Dance Assembly and The Unison Benevolent Fund.

The announcement was made in advance of the National Culture Summit at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The summit welcomes industry leaders from across Canada on May 2, 3 and 4 to discuss the long-term competitiveness and future growth of the arts, culture and heritage sectors.

Over the next few weeks, the four independent organizations will work to deliver direct funding efficiently and securely and, together, will provide national coverage for all genres and all types of workers in the sector.

These organizations were selected following a national call for applications through Canadian Heritage’s Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund. This new temporary funding program announced on February 1, 2022 has an overall budget of $60 million (2022-2023) to help workers in the live performance sector. More details on how the funding support will be distributed for initiatives such as professional development, support programs and career counselling and mentorships will be shared later this spring.

Visit our website for the latest information on the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund.



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