Details of final phase of COVID-19 Emergency Funding
GATINEAU – July 7, 2020
Canadian culture is rich and diverse. The cultural industry, a major economic driver, is facing challenges like many others because of the COVID‑19 pandemic. That is why Canadian Heritage quickly set up the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations.
Minister Guilbeault today announced the final details regarding Phase 2 of the disbursement of the $500-million fund, announced earlier this year. This final component helps address some of the gaps that have been identified by the industry across Canada since the fund was first implemented. Thus, the second phase provides support to other organizations, some of which do not normally receive funding from Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada or the Canada Media Fund. The goal is still to help maintain jobs and support business continuity for organizations whose viability has been affected.
This final component of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations will be distributed through grants and contributions as follows:
- $45 million through the Canada Periodical Fund to assist free magazines and weekly newspapers, including those that serve official-language minority or ethnocultural communities;
- $25 million distributed through partners to assist independent news and community radio broadcasters;
- $20 million to Musicaction and FACTOR to help presenters in the live music sector;
- $2.5 million to support producers of content in a language other than English or French through the Canada Media Fund; and
- $52.1 million to various arts and culture organizations that do not normally receive funding from Canadian Heritage programs and/or did not receive funding during Phase 1. This amount will be provided as follows:
- $8.2 million for the arts sector;
- $27.8 million for the audiovisual and digital media sector;
- $5 million for the music industry;
- $10 million for the publishing sector; and
- $1 million for arts and culture organizations that serve official-language communities.
Like Phase 1, this second phase is open to a variety of organizations and equity-seeking groups such as Indigenous, official-language minority, LGBTQ2 and racialized communities. More details are available in the backgrounder.
Simplified funding application processes have been put in place to support organizations in need as quickly and efficiently as possible. Applicants seeking emergency assistance from the Canada Periodical Fund will be able to submit their requests as of July 7. Application details for the other Phase 2 funding opportunities will be available shortly on the dedicated COVID-19 emergency funding section of the Canadian Heritage website.
The first component of Phase 2 was announced on June 18. It included $53 million in support to organizations with heritage collections through the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program. Details on the application process for small community museums will be available very soon.