Resources from B/A’s webinar with Minister Guilbeault

Business / Arts along with Global Public Affairs held a special webinar with the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage to learn what measures the government is taking to assist the art sector. We received an overwhelming response to the webinar and we plan on hosting more in the near future to assist this sector through this unprecedented time.

While the Minister could not answer all of the questions posed, his team provided some resources which may be of help. Please see the below links for more information:

Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan:

Plan d’intervention économique du Canada pour répondre à la COVID-19 :

Canadian Heritage’s FAQs :

FAQ du Patrimoine canadien:

Canada Council for the Arts’ FAQs:

FAQ du Conseil des arts du Canada:

Tool for risk-assessment of mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Outil pour l’évaluation des risques relativement aux rassemblements de masse pendant la pandémie de COVID-19:

Venues that may be willing to offer space to governments and health authorities for testing spaces, clinics, etc. If you are interested in adding your venue, please enter your information directly into the spreadsheet:

Document on various metric categories for COVID19 impacts that arts organizations are documenting.
If you have suggestions for new categories to add to the document, please email

For further information, please contact:

Sean Casey –
Tara Mazurk –

Online Consultation: Digital Arts Strategy for IBPOC Artists & Arts Organizations

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Monday, March 23,  2020
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

Join this online consultation to learn more about this project and share your knowledge and experience to help us shape a digital strategy that meets your needs!

Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) is working on the development of the Digital Arts Strategy for IBPOC Artists and Arts Organizations. CPAMO will engage in research specific to the Indigenous, Black, People of Colour (IBPOC) arts community focusing on digital literacy and readiness. This is the first step to CPAMO’s ultimate goal to develop a digital platform complementing administrative support systems with audience engagement, data sharing, collaborative projects and creation opportunities via digital platforms specific for the needs of IBPOC Arts.

The Research phase of this project will identify and share evidence-based practices relevant to the artists/arts organizations, particularly focusing on how IBPOC arts organizations using digital technology, the development, scope and results of such uses. The consultation phase will include interviews and consultations with the community to identify their knowledge levels on digital technology and the arts, and discussion on how this might support collaborative, sector-building projects.

Register online:

Please note: 48 hours before the event you will receive an email with instructions to join this consultation online on Zoom Meetings. You can join this consultation from your computer or by calling from your phone.

Artists Legal Needs Focus Group in Vancouver

Artists Legal Needs Focus Group in Vancouver
Monday, February 24, 2020
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM PST 

Alliance for Arts
938 Howe Steet
Suite 100
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N9

This focus group in Ottawa, facilitated by CPAMO, is part of the project to develop an essential national network of federally funded legal services for artists across Canada. There are currently five legal clinics for the arts across Canada who work tenaciously to fund their efforts and service their local artists. A National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts will unify and coordinate better access to free legal resources, services and information, empowering artists nationwide.

The results from this focus group together with the Artists Needs Assessment Survey will give a fulsome picture of artists’ needs from coast-to-coast and will be presented to the Canada Council of the Arts in April 2020.

This focus group is open for artists and arts organizations in any arts discipline. It is free to attend but requires online registration

Please note attendees’ contact information will be shared with project partner Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society.

Light snacks and drinks provided.

If you have any questions, please email us at