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EMERGENCY FUNDING- GOV
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan The federal government announced a new federal aid package designed to support people who operate in the “gig economy”, especially artists, designers, festival staff, and seasonal employees. The Emergency Care Benefit program provides $900 every two weeks for up to fifteen weeks to people who are self-employed as a direct result of cancellations and job loss, and is intended for people ineligible for EI. The benefit page should open in April on the CRA page itself. * see below for more info
- Premier Silver announces a stimulus packages to support businesses and workers
EMERGENCY FUNDING- MISC
- Woodcock Fund Grant — emergency funds ($2,000-$10,000) for professional writers mid-project
- NABS financial assistance for media, marketing, and communications pros
- The AFC — Emergency financial aid for entertainment pros
- Unison — financial aid for musicians
- Emergency fund for precarious workers in Toronto
- Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers
- Canadian Low-Income Artist/Musician Relief Fund
- Co-Mission: An Artist Relief Compilation– Folkadelphia is commissioning new recordings by paying musicians for their time and craft to track a song at home or whatever safe space they have.
- The National Arts Centre and Facebook Canada provide $100,000 to support Canadian performers impacted by COVID-19
ARTS FUNDER INFO
ADVOCACY FOR FREELANCERS
- I Lost My Gig Canada — full website launching March 20
- The Canadian Freelance Union
- COVID-19 & Freelance Artists
- CMG Freelance
- S’ATTAQ — Labour union for freelancers
- IATSE Canadian locals
- Canadian Actors Equity Association
- Writers Guild of Canada
- Associated Designers of Canada
- Canadian Federation of Musicians
- Playwrights Guild of Canada
- Soutien à/de la communauté culturelle québécoise – COVID-19
ONLINE TRAINING RESOURCES
- Poynter News University
- Skillshare — lots of free classes on writing, acting, etc.
- Toronto Public Library eLearning portal — free for library card holders
- Calgary digital library
- Canadian Improv Games Online Training Resource
HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
- CMHA Yukon Starting April 1st, CMHA, Yukon Division will be reinstating thir drop-in counselling service 5 days a week. Drop-in counselling will be provided by telephone. Each Monday to Friday, a limited number of telephone sessions will be available for drop-in telephone counselling. Please call the office at 668-6429 to secure a spot within 48 hours, if available. The assigned counsellor will call you at the time of your appointment and will offer a short intake followed by a one-time counselling session. This service is free of charge and available to any adult or youth over the age of 13.
- Distress Centres of Greater Toronto
- NABS support line — 1-888-355-5548
- Unison — Counselling for musicians
- TO Community response to COVID19 Facebook group
TEMPORARY/REMOTE JOB OPPORTUNITIES
- Find a freelancer — doc for freelance writers and photogs to be connected with editors
- 25+ Sites for Finding Remote Work
- Resources for Remote Work
- Tutoring online with Cambly
MORE INFO ON CANADA’S ECONOMIC RESPONSE PLAN
Newly announced Wednesday, March 18th, were the creation of an emergency care benefit and an emergency support benefit.
The emergency care benefit will provide up to $900 every two weeks, for up to 15 weeks, to help Canadian workers who cannot go to work, do not have paid sick leave and do not qualify for EI sickness benefits. This includes those who are sick themselves, as well as those who are staying home to look after others who are sick or children who are not in school.
The emergency support benefit will offer payments of undisclosed amounts to unemployed workers who are not eligible for EI.
Applications for both benefits will open in April, at a date to be determined. When that happens, Canadians will be able to apply for them through CRA MyAccount or My Service Canada Account or by calling a toll-free number that has not yet been made public.