Indigenous Screen Office: Links & Resources Amid COVID-19 Shutdowns

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 202093 Views

The Indigenous Screen Office understands every sector of our economy is being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; the lockdowns, travel restrictions, the urgency to self-isolate and maintain social distancing have put our country on pause and has also affected our ability to earn a living, make an income, pay our bills and live without worry.

As the impact of the virus continues to grow rapidly, we want to highlight our commitment to supporting the Canadian screen-based industry during these unprecedented times.

Please find useful links and resources below to help during COVID-19 shutdowns:

Canadian artists and freelancers links

Canada Council for the Arts – Important Information

BC Arts Council

Telefim Canada

COVID-19: Economic Support & Recovery – Toronto

Emergency funds for writers mid-project

NABS financial assistance for media, marketing, and communications pros

Emergency financial aid for entertainment pros

COVID-19 Information & Resources for Canada’s Music Industry,article/17800/covid-19-information-resources-for-canada-s-music-industry

Financial aid for musicians

Canadian Low-Income Artist/Musician Relief Fund

Alberta’s financial relief benefit

COVID-19: How to apply for Alberta’s financial relief benefit – and who is eligible for it. The assistance is a one-time payment of $1,142, and unlike federal Employment Insurance it only needs to be applied for once. To sign up for the benefit, Albertans need to go to the online Service Alberta portal and create a MyAlberta online ID if they haven’t already.

National Theatre School to give $60,000 in grants

The National Theatre School of Canada has announced $60,000 in financial help for theatre school students and recent graduates during the COVID-19 crisis.

Ontario Creates

Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers

Toronto Media Arts Centre

TMAC and our member organizations are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for everyone who uses the space for events, activities and work. To that end, we are closely monitoring advice regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Toronto Public Health Agency, Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the Government of Canada’s travel advisories, and the World Health Organization (WHO). TMAC advises anyone has traveled abroad recently to check the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) travel advisories and take note of the self-isolation requirements.

On Screen Manitoba

On Screen Manitoba continues to closely monitor the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across Canada and around the world, we are monitoring the advice and recommendations put forward by Manitoba Health, Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) on the development of protocols and steps that help to keep you, your families, employees, partners and stakeholders healthy.  We are also monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on the media production industry. We will update this page as information comes available.

Creative BC

Creative BC has implemented a Remote Work Plan as of Monday, March 16, 2020. All staff departments will be open from 9am to 5pm, providing seamless services to clients and stakeholders, with the exception that our physical office in Vancouver will be closed to walk-in traffic.

Creative BC Artist Survey


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