We've compiled a list of resources pertaining to COVID-19. We'll be updating this list as things develop and we discover important resources. If you know of a resource that you think should be included, email us at outreach@artsalliance.sk.ca.

Last updated April 27, 2021.


UPDATED: Saskatchewan On-Set COVID-19 Protocols: SMPIA

Museums Are Safer than Any Other Indoor Activity, COVID-19 Study Says - Researchers at the Berlin Institute of Technology say the risk of COVID-19 transmission is far lower in museums and theaters than in supermarkets, restaurants, offices, or public transportation. Written by Hakim Bishara, published Feb. 24, 2021.

Canada Healthy Communities Initiative - The Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19.

Government of Canada addresses CERB repayments for self-employed individuals who applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and would have qualified based on their gross income will not be required to repay the benefit, provided they also met all other eligibility requirements. The same approach will apply whether the individual applied through the Canada Revenue Agency or Service Canada. 

The Federal Government has released the details of the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP), which was previously announced in the Fall Economic Update. 

  • The program will be providing further financial support for our industry. The support program will be available via your primary lender on February 1st. These will be 100% government-backed loans and they will provide $25,000 to $1 Million per legal entity, up to a maximum of $6.25 Million for related entities, to be used for operational cash flow. The HASCAP application process will remain open until June 30th, 2021. 

Thrive Walk in Counselling (Family Service Regina) has transitioned to a Call-in Counselling service during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Call us at 306-757-6675, Monday to Friday between 12:30 and 4 pm and a Counselor will call you back. There is no cost for this service.

2020: The Year One in Four Arts Worker Lost Their Job - CAPACOA - These statistics are from the Labour Force Survey, Statistics Canada’s monthly survey of employees. They provide an account of employment for full-time, part-time and occasional employees, as well as self-employed workers.

Government of Canada - Vaccines and treatments for COVID-19: Vaccine rollout

COVID-19 Vaccine - Saskatchewan has developed a COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Plan, and will be ready to administer vaccine when the first shipment is received.

Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations: Phase 1 recipient survey results Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada, and the Canada Media Fund, developed a survey to determine whether the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations (ESF) achieved its main objectives and inform next steps in supporting these sectors going forward.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) - Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021. 

COVID-19 Vaccine - Saskatchewan has developed a COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Plan, and will be ready to administer vaccine when the first shipment is received.

TAO Tel-Aide Francophone Helpline in Saskatchewan -  French-only helpline available to Saskatchewan residents that are experiencing any form of psychological distress or are in need of emotional support. This service will be available starting December 1, 2020. Just call 1-800-567-9699 for free.

Guidance on Cloth and Non-medical Masks - Effective Monday, November 16, Mandatory masking in indoor public places will be extended to all Saskatchewan communities with populations of 5,000 people or greater.

Safe School Reopen Plan - Saskatchewan Government

The do’s and don’ts of wearing a mask - Saskatchewan Health Authority

Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan - Find information about updates made to the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, as changes in restrictions are gradually phased in.

Support for Workers - Outlines who can access support from the provincial government.

Covid-19 Information Page - Information related to government measures can be found here, as well as the coronavirus count in the province, mitigation strategies and other health strategies.

The Federal Government has released the details of the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP), which was previously announced in the Fall Economic Update. 

  • The program will be providing further financial support for our industry. The support program will be available via your primary lender on February 1st. These will be 100% government-backed loans and they will provide $25,000 to $1 Million per legal entity, up to a maximum of $6.25 Million for related entities, to be used for operational cash flow. The HASCAP application process will remain open until June 30th, 2021. 

Government of Canada - Vaccines and treatments for COVID-19: Vaccine rollout

Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations: Phase 1 recipient survey results Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada, and the Canada Media Fund, developed a survey to determine whether the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations (ESF) achieved its main objectives and inform next steps in supporting these sectors going forward.

From risk to resilience: An equity approach to COVID-19 Chief Public Health Officer of Canada's Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2020

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) - Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021. 

“Innovation in the Time of COVID” is designed to be an ever-evolving platform that contains strategies for adapting in-person arts-based activities during the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone to share, use, and contribute to.

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) - The CRCB provides $500 per 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, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19
  • 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 Benefit (CRB) - The CRB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks for workers who have stopped working or had their income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19, and who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). Applications will open on October 12

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) - The CRSB provides $500 per week for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who:

  • Are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19
  • Are self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19
  • have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19.

Bill C-20 - Changes to Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) - Bill C-20 makes the legislative changes necessary for organizations without a payroll number to be considered an eligible employer within the CEWS.

CERCA Extended One Month - Read more about CECRA here.  

Final Components of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations Announced - Canadian Heritage

Find financial help during COVID-19 - online tool created by the Government of Canada to help Canadians navigate the various financial benefits available during the pandemic

$500 Million for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) - CERB may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Outbreak Updates 

Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak 

COVID-19 resources for parents and children - Children, just like adults, have an important role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Use the following resources to help your child understand what’s going on and how they can help.

Canada's Economic Response Plan - Important information for all workers, non-profits and businesses.

Service Canada - Service Canada is one of the locations where you can apply for EI. The Federal Government has passed the Emergency Response Fund, which collapsed the previous Emergency Benefit and Support Funds, so it's best to review this new fund. 

Canadian Revenue Agency - With CRA administering employment insurance, make sure that you are registered with CRA. The Federal Government has passed the Emergency Response Fund, which collapsed the previous Emergency Benefit and Support Funds, so it's best to review this new fund. 

Employment Insurance 

Financial help for Canadians outside Canada - For Canadians who have no available source of funds to return home, Canada has announced the creation of the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad.

Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak 

Saskatchewan Arts Board Covid-19 response -The Saskatchewan Arts Board has posted FAQ for people who have received, applied and/or are applying for grants. They have also posted about the measures that they are taking.

SaskCulture response to Covid-19 - SaskCulture has posted about the measures they are taking as well as information about grants.

FAQ - Covid-19 and Grant Recipients/Applicants - Creative Saskatchewan

Important Information related to COVID-19 - Canada Council for the Arts: FAQs for people who have received, applied and/or are applying for grants. They have also posted about the measures that they are taking.

Information for Canadian Heritage grants and contributions recipients related to Covid-19

The Federal Government has released the details of the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP), which was previously announced in the Fall Economic Update. 

  • The program will be providing further financial support for our industry. The support program will be available via your primary lender on February 1st. These will be 100% government-backed loans and they will provide $25,000 to $1 Million per legal entity, up to a maximum of $6.25 Million for related entities, to be used for operational cash flow. The HASCAP application process will remain open until June 30th, 2021. 

COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund - Canada Council for the Arts

Community Cares: Emergency Response Fund for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Individuals Working in the Arts, a new time-limited emergency response fund to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals working in the arts and culture sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Indigenous communities have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic

McConnell Foundation - New grants that respond to the Covid-19 Crisis

The Photographer Fund - $25,000 fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19

Digital Orginals Funding Initiative -  CBC/Radio-Canada and Canada Council for the Arts announce “Digital Originals” funding initiative to support Canadian arts community

Saskatchewan Association of Theatre Professionals Emergency Relief Fund

For SATP members, the organization is offering one-time full and partial compensation of necessities such as rent and food.

Woodcock Fund Grant - Writer's Trust of Canada

For writers facing financial crisis in mid-project. Min. of two books or equivalent published.

Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S Artists - Glad Day Lit

Given that both Glad Day and the people they serve are faced with an immediate crisis, they want to create a fund that supports Glad Day and the people they serve.

Actors Fund of Canada - The AFC supports entertainment industry professionals working in TV and film, music, theatre, and dance. The AFC can provide short-term emergency financial assistance for essential household bills and costs that cannot otherwise be paid. 

Unison Music Fund - Financial aid for musicians

COVID-19 & Freelance Artists - This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. 

COVID-19 and the Heritage Sector: First and Third Tuesday Gatherings - These sessions provide opportunities to come together virtually so we can all hear from each other. How are sites responding to the changed landscape for using, visiting and congregating in historic sites

Studio Sundays at the MacKenzie Art Gallery and presented by Canada Life - connect with the artwork in the MacKenzie’s Permanent Collection and the artists that created them with hands-on workshops that are suitable for every age

Skillshare — A free resource with classes on writing, acting and many more topics.

Artscape Launchpad Learning — Free daily programming including artist talks and skill building workshops.

Isolate/Create — Free resource providing creatives with digital assets to spark creativity and inspire digital collaboration.

10 University Art Courses that you can take for free online

The Federal Government has released the details of the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP), which was previously announced in the Fall Economic Update. 

  • The program will be providing further financial support for our industry. The support program will be available via your primary lender on February 1st. These will be 100% government-backed loans and they will provide $25,000 to $1 Million per legal entity, up to a maximum of $6.25 Million for related entities, to be used for operational cash flow. The HASCAP application process will remain open until June 30th, 2021. 

“Innovation in the Time of COVID” is designed to be an ever-evolving platform that contains strategies for adapting in-person arts-based activities during the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone to share, use, and contribute to.

Reshaping Community Programming - Community Initiatives Fund

Living with face masks: How to stow them, reuse disposables and more - CBC News

17 summer activities and your risk of getting COVID-19 - CBC News

5 Ways to Sell Your Art Online While Social Distancing - Artwork Archive

Crafting a Sustainable Arts Career in Uncertain Times - April MacKillins Photography

COVID-19: Health and Safety Guidelines for Commercial Photographers - The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators

Recommended practices for paying artists during the COVID-19 crisis - CARFAC National

Saskatchewan Choral Federation - Resources have been compiled and shared by Choir Alberta and other contributors as noted for choirs, conductors, and other choral leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

COVID-19 Resources and links for artists - CARFAC National

CBC Benefit Guide - A hub of benefits the federal government, provinces and territories are offering to people financially affected by the coronavirus.

How are you adapting? Video Series from Business/Arts 

Canadian Emergency Response Benefit Fact Sheet 

Metric Categories for Arts & Culture - Canadian Heritage

Hon. Steven Guilbault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, shared this metrics document that suggests what categories you should consider as you are tracking your losses.

CARFAC Sask - COVID-19 Resource page

Tips for Completing Record of Employment Forms with respect to Covid-19 - Young Associates

Canadian Actors’ Equity Association: The CAEA has lots of updates about their organization and initiatives that they are taking on their website.

Preparing for the Potential Impact of Coronavirus - Arts Ready Alert

Arts Ready is an American organizations that specializes in emergency, risk and disaster management for arts organizations. Their website also has a schedule of webinars and valuable resources.

COVID-19 Resource Page - Professional Association of Canadian Theatres

More resources for folks.

Coronavirus Preparedness for the Live Performance Sector – CAPACOA

This document is variably a resource list, an advocacy toolkit, and offers subscription to their newsletter.

IFCCD Covid-19 Overview: Support for the cultural sector is growing around the world... unevenly

A letter from Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault

Resources for the Arts and Learning sector during the COVID-19 pandemic - The Canadian Network for Arts and Learning

2020: The Year One in Four Arts Worker Lost Their Job - CAPACOA - These statistics are from the Labour Force Survey, Statistics Canada’s monthly survey of employees. They provide an account of employment for full-time, part-time and occasional employees, as well as self-employed workers.

SAA's COVID-19 Impact Survey: Artists + Cultural Workers - This survey was conducted to assess the initial impact of COVID-19 on artists and cultural workers in Saskatchewan. To read the full Report on the survey, click here.

Guidance on Cloth and Non-medical Masks - Effective Monday, November 16, Mandatory masking in indoor public places will be extended to all Saskatchewan communities with populations of 5,000 people or greater.

Survey: Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit - At this point in the pandemic, the province need to figure out how to begin to return to our former ways of life, without increasing the number of cases. The information SPHERU is asking for in this questionnaire will help do this. Your answers will help them better understand how the virus may be spread and to identify 'safe zones' within communities. It should take you about 15 minutes to complete this questionnaire, which is hosted by Voxco, a Canadian-owned and managed company whose data is securely stored in Canada. This questionnaire has been created by a multinational team of researchers from diverse fields and different institutions, including the University of Saskatchewan.

Federal Government Covid-19 Measures (Imagine Canada) – Implications for Sector Organization This document will be regularly updated as the federal government announces new measures that will impact the charitable and nonprofit sector. Last updated: June 23, 2020. 

Impacts of Covid-19 on Canadian Artists and Independent Cultural Workers - Interim Report based on I Lost My Gig Canada Survey Data as of May 27. Published June 23, 2020.

artfinds.me - Canada-wide survey that asks how COVID19 has changed people’s visual art enjoyment habits. 

Arts Response Tracking Study | May Report by Nanos Research for Business/Arts - Given the scarcity of in-person experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, culture-goers turn to digital experiences in the short term 

National Survey on Federal  Emergency Aid Measures  and the Arts Sector in Canada, Canada Council for the Arts 

Saskatchewan Nonprofits & COVID-19: Impact Summary Report April 9, 2020

ilostmygig.ca - Artspond, Hill Research Strategies and others want to get your story about the impact this pandemic has had on your work. The ability to share your experience begins on March 24th

Association des théâtres francophones du Canada - The ATFC has created two surveys: one for organizations and for artists. Survey is in French.

Estimation of Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Live Performance Domain -  Frederic Julien, CAPACOA Director of Research and Development, has made estimate calculations of the weekly economic loss based on previous fiscal years and compiled data from surveys. With the help of Kelly Hill, he has four categories of estimated losses: admissions, GDP, output, and supply and use.  

Survey on Federal Emergency Aid Measures and the Arts Sector in Canada - Canada Council for the Arts

Advocacy Crash Course: Your Voice Matters...And Yes, It Does Create Change - Imagine Canada

Covid-19 and the non-profit sector - Imagine Canada is dedicated to supporting charities and non-profits as the situation evolves, and for advocating for support from the federal government. 

Marketplace tested over 20 different masks. Read here about the results

Innovation in the Time of Covid-19 Creative alternatives to in-person arts-based activities by Forcast Public Art

The people with hidden immunity against Covid-19 - BBC 

Saskatchewan Health Authority - All news about the Saskatchewan Health Authority and its facilities can be found here.

CBC Saskatchewan - Up-to-date news about coronavirus in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Medical Association - Information about and for physicians and healthcare workers.

Everything You Need To Know About Non-Medical Face Masks - Chatlaine

2020 Rome Charter - A transnational group of over 20 cities and 50 contributors has started an initiative to support the right to participate in cultural life as a condition for a better society.

Covid Visions by Steven Ross Smith - Check out our latest series Covid Visions by poet and arts writer Steven Ross Smith. Each story highlights Saskatchewan artists or arts organizations facing the strange reality of Covid-19. 

Roundness: Artists Respond to Covid-19 -  ROUNDNESS was coordinated through an open, international call on Facebook to artists to reflect on the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. The artists were asked to explore the idea of ‘roundness’, and produce a piece in any medium they wished. Included are artists from Manitoba, Ontario, Japan, & the United States.

Greetings from Isolation - Created by Canadian veteran film programmer Stacey Donen in the hopes of finding inspiration and enlightenment from our shared human experience of isolation under COVID-19, Greetings from Isolation has invited a broad range of Canadian filmmakers to participate in a capsule collection film project.

Studio Sundays at the MacKenzie Art Gallery and presented by Canada Life - connect with the artwork in the MacKenzie’s Permanent Collection and the artists that created them with hands-on workshops that are suitable for every age

SSO for You - Online content from the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra

CBC: COVID Residences - self-shot video series on how artists are adapting their practices in isolation, whether it's diving into different processes or getting lost in their sketchbooks

CBC’s Art Uncontained, a rich collection from CBC Arts offering inspiration for audiences and support to the Canadian artistic community in these unprecedented times. 

Virtual Tours, Museums, and Activities - Dunlop Art Gallery put together this amazing list of resources so you and your loved ones can experience the world from anywhere. No library card or sign-ins needed.

Virtual Backgrounds by Artists Bridget Moser - Remai Modern

Yet More Free Stuff in the Public Domain - archives of beautiful images, videos, and fonts in the public domain. The following list will direct you to thousands of wonderful things you can download, re-purpose, and exploit without the fear of copyright-infringement notices.

On the Boards.tv

In 2010, On the Boards theater launched OntheBoards.tv, a website that delivers full-length, high quality contemporary performance films to your TV, desktop or mobile device.

The Social Distancing Festival

This is a site for celebrating artists and the work that has been cancelled/delayed/disrupted. So far, submissions have included clips from rehearsals, scenes done with cast-mates over webcam, recordings from previous workshops, design plans, and performers just doing the song they were really excited about singing into their webcam.

PlayMe

Contemporary plays transformed for podcast setting.

Cabin Fever: Online experimental films and videos

The initial intention of this list was to gather some experimental films together based on moods one might be experiencing while being cooped up, and has evolved from there.

ReelAbilities Film Festival

Founded in 2007 by the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities.

Brick, a Literary Journal

Brick is an international literary journal published twice a year out of Toronto. Their entire catalogue is currently open to public.

Play Reading Relay

From 11AM & 6PM EDT on March 27th, 28 playwrights will livestream 10-minute readings from their plays over an exciting 7 hour day. Presented by Playwrights Guild of Canada for World Theatre Day.

Digital and Online Projects - Akimbo

Akimbo has an open list of artist run centres and other galleries that are posting online tours. 

CBC Gem

National Film Board

Thrive Walk in Counselling (Family Service Regina) has transitioned to a Call-in Counselling service during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Call us at 306-757-6675, Monday to Friday between 12:30 and 4 pm and a Counselor will call you back. There is no cost for this service.

TAO Tel-Aide Francophone Helpline in Saskatchewan -  French-only helpline available to Saskatchewan residents that are experiencing any form of psychological distress or are in need of emotional support. This service will be available starting December 1, 2020. Just call 1-800-567-9699 for free.

Lumino Health

211 Saskatchewan 

A free, confidential, 24/7 service that connects individuals to human services in the province by telephone, text, or web chat, plus a searchable website with over 5,000 listings of social, community, non-clinical health, and government services across the province. You can call, text, or web-chat

Crisis text line

American service, but with Canadian and UK outreach. 24/7 texting line.

Mental Wellness and Resiliency while Coping with COVID-19 - ementalhealth

Tips for the Depressed - n+1 magazine

Crisis services Canada - Providing suicide prevention and support. Call 1-833-456-4566.

Anxiety and Covid-19 - Online Therapy Unit

Online Therapy User

Learning to Love You More

Learning to love you more is both a web site and series of non-web presentations comprised of work made by the general public in response to assignments given by artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher.

The 0 Canada Project - Globe and Mail: Here you’ll find information and resources to help you get through this extraordinary time such as, financial management tips, how to stay productive (and sane) working from home and keeping that quarantine weight off.

How can Canada’s performing arts ecosystem change in the face of COVID-19? written by Christopher Deacon, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre. Globe and mail

Covid Visions by Steven Ross Smith - Check out our latest series Covid Visions by poet and arts writer Steven Ross Smith. Each story highlights Saskatchewan artists or arts organizations facing the strange reality of Covid-19. 

Pandemic threatens to wipe out decades of progress for working mothers - CBC News Article

The NEW Experience Economy: The Intersection of Arts, Culture, Sports & Recreation in a Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Environment - Although there are differences between Saskatchewan and Alberta, readers may find the information useful to inform their own situation.