Read on for Details About Provincial and Federal COVID-19 Financial Relief Support Programs for the Arts
Happy new year! This year has started off on a challenging note, with a province-wide lockdown leading into a full stay-at-home order. This is putting additional strain on arts organizations and individual artists who are already facing serious financial challenges.
This Bulletin provides an update on financial relief programs that are available at the provincial and federal levels that may help with some of the burden. Read on for more details, and as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to EC3 if you need support or help during these times.
And, at the end of this Bulletin, we are offering an opportunity for local artists to WIN passes to this year’s ReFrame Film Festival, which starts this Thursday, January 22.
Ontario Small Business Support Grants
Along with the latest round of stay-at-home orders, the Government of Ontario has announced the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. This grant will provide up to $20,000 to small businesses that have experienced revenue loss since the beginning of the pandemic, and who were deemed non-essential and had to close on December 26, 2020. EC3 has also confirmed that non-profits and charitable organizations are eligible for this grant.
This includes performing arts organizations, theatres, museums, galleries, and film and television productions, as well as any retail that was forced to close for in-person shopping.
The Ontario government is also offering property tax and energy cost rebate programs, as well as Ontario’s Main Street Relief Grant: PPE Support, to offset the cost of purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) – read more about those programs here.
Federal Relief Programs
Throughout the pandemic, the Government of Canada has offered a range of programs that can benefit organizations who are struggling financially, including:
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), offering wage subsidies for organizations who can demonstrate lost revenue
- Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), which tenants can now apply for directly
- Canada Emergency Bank Account (CEBA), offering partially-forgivable loans to organizations – with a max now increased to $60K from the original $40K.
Business/Arts recently held a webinar entitled “The State of the Arts,” which discussed the federal government’s COVID response from an arts perspective and looked at some of these programs, as well as looking ahead at what other initiatives are expected in the coming months. You can watch a full recording of the webinar here.
We also recommend the official government page Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which goes into detail on all the programs available for organizations, individuals, and specific sectors.
You Could Win!
The ReFrame Film Festival is going virtual this year, streaming online from January 22 to 29, 2021.
EC3 is partnering with ReFrame’s Community Access Pass program to give away 8 Festival 5-Packs for ReFrame, to local artists facing financial barriers. Each pack will gain you admittance to five films screened during ReFrame.
Send an email to email@example.com with the subject ‘ReFrame Ticket Giveaway’ and:
a) your name
b) your email address
c) answers to as many of the following Peterborough film trivia questions as you can.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at noon. Winners will be contacted via email.
- What was Samuel L Jackson doing in Peterborough in 2006?
- Identify the Peterborough filmmaker who said this to KawarthaNOW before a screening of his documentary: “I feel scared because it’s a big deal for me. I mean, my birthmark is on the film, and everyone is going to see it…. It’s really a ritual of me owning up to my people — my family, my community.”
- Name 3 Peterborough movie theatres that no longer exist.
- What Peterborough-based filmmaker made the short narrative dance film Ecstasy, about missing and murdered Indigenous women, that screened at the 2020 ReFrame Film Festival?
- What Peterborough filmmaker and Trent professor’s films include “In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey” and the upcoming “The Cost of Freedom: Refugee Journalists in Canada”?
- What Peterborough band is the subject of the documentary Before We Arrive, which also features interviews with Ronnie Hawkins and Serena Ryder?
- Who were ‘The Peterborough Four’ and what did they do to support independent Canadian filmmakers?
Please stay well and let us know how we can help.
TRACK THE IMPACT.
As always, keep checking the EC3 Facebook page, @ECThreePtbo on Twitter, @ec3ptbo on Instagram, and the COVID-19 Updates page on EC3’s website, where we are providing daily updates on programs and services available for ACH workers and organizations.
Be safe, stay healthy, and please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Su Ditta and the EC3 Board and staff