Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA)

COVID-19 Recovery Resources

Our aim is to:

  • Share with funders the impact the COVID-19 outbreak has had on B.C.'s arts and culture sector; 
  • In response to requests from the community, compile and share policies and action plans related to the outbreak as used by Metro Vancouver and BC theatre companies;
  • Promote dialogue to help the community to navigate through and beyond the current situation;
  • Provide links to resource materials to help guide the decision-making of arts organizations.

See the links in the menu above for more details about our COVID-related projects and initiatives, or read more and click the images below. 

Resource Links

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Canada, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website and consult your local health authority.

Provincial Announcements

Relaunch Guidance

Federal Support

  • CRA is hosting a webinar on November 4 for employers who want to learn more about the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers (TWS) COVID-19 relief measure. 
  • Transitioning from CERB to Employment Insurance (EI)If you need financial assistance after your CERB ends there are temporary changes (in effect for 1 year) to the EI program to help you access EI benefits. (September 27)
  • New recovery benefits. If you were receiving CERB, you may be eligible for one of the new recovery benefits retroactive to September 27, 2020 and available until September 25, 2021:
    • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)provides eligible workers with $500/week for up to 26 weeks for those who have stopped working and are not eligible for EI, or had their employment/self-employment income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19.
    • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB): $500/week for up to 26 weeks per household for workers unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, daycares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19, or because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19.
    • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)$500 per week for up to two weeks for workers who are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19, self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19, or have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that make them more susceptible to COVID-19. 
  • Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
  • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), a taxable benefit of $2,000 per month for up to 16 weeks to workers who are sick, quarantined, or caring for someone sick with COVID-19; those who have lost work or who must stop working due to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support; workers including self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for EI; and working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children. This benefit replaces the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit.
  • Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS): As a Canadian employer who has seen a drop in revenue due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your employee wages, retroactive to March 15. This subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers, help prevent further job losses, and ease you back into normal operations. The latest changes to CEWS can be found here.  Also learn more about the updated subsidy calculator here

Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Council announced it will provide $60M in advance funding to help stabilize backbone of arts sector as it faces COVID-19 crisis. By May 4, Council 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. Ongoing updates from Canada Council can be found here

Canadian Heritage

COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations ($500 million; administered by Canadian Heritage and divided among Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Media Fund, and Telefilm Canada. (May 8)
  • Phase 1: support for arts organization
  • Phase 2: support for Indigenous and equity-seeking groups and organizations

BC Government Support

Community Gaming Grants

Applications are being received and processed as per the 2020 Guidelines, with additional guidance provided on April 3

BC Arts Council

The BC Arts Council has FAQs for arts and culture grant applicants and recipients and a summary of changes to the BC Arts Council's programming. Announcements on May 30 included:

  • 50% advance of operating grants for Operating Assistance Clients
  • Arts and Culture Resilience Supplement to Operating Assistance Clients & Eligible Project Clients (This one-time grant will range (maximum $15,000) depending on the size of your organization).
  • Program Amendments, Extension of Deadlines and Program Deferrals

Municipal Support

Other Resources for the Arts Sector

  • Actsafe maintains an up-to-date listing of resources pertaining to health and safety for our industry, including the latest from WorkSafeBC, Orders from the Provincial Health Officer, and other information related to the safe return to operations.
  • CAPACOA shares the latest COVID impact statistics, including data on employment, GDP, and other indicators from Statistics Canada, and provides other updates on arts promotion efforts focused on cultural policy advancement, public awareness, research and ways and means that unite the sector.
  • BC Alliance for Arts and Culture provides a comprehensive COVID-19 Resource page for the arts and culture sector (funding, government response and relief, mental health, data collection, employment, etc.). Check their page for all of the most recent developments. 
  • PACT presents a weekly Town Hall Zoom session (Thurs, 1–2pm ET) and resource page
  • I Lost My Gig Canada is a space for creative industries and other vulnerable freelance and gig economy workers to connect and share stories.