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Support for Sectors - Culture, Heritage and Sport

The Government of Canada is providing funding to help alleviate the financial pressure of cultural, heritage and sport organizations and has waived license fees for broadcasters. The following provides a brief summary of these government programs, including details relating to eligibility, how to apply and general terms and conditions, as applicable. We will endeavour to update this page on a daily basis. However, for a complete and up to date description, please consult the applicable program webpage. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a Goodmans lawyer. Programs include:



The Emergency Support Fund

Program Overview

  • A $500 million fund was established as a temporary relief measure to help alleviate the financial pressures of cultural, heritage and sports organizations and support their business continuity.
  • Up to $326.8 million will be distributed by Canadian Heritage1, $55 million will be distributed by the Canada Council for the Arts to help arts organizations that support artists, $115.8 million will support the audiovisual sector, to be distributed by the Canada Media Fund ($88.8 million) and Telefilm Canada ($27 million) and the use of the remaining funds will be assessed based on need. Eligible organizations can receive up to 25% of the total amount of funding approved in the most recent funding cycle for the arts and culture sector and through the Sport Support Program. Grants range from $5,000 up to $100,000 may be awarded to eligible heritage organizations under the Museums Assistance Program based on the applicant’s 2019 total expenses. 

Eligibility

  • There is a two-phased approach for eligibility:
    • Phase 1 includes support for recipients who are projecting a significant financial impact as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which includes a formula-based top-up to existing recipients of the arts and culture programs.
    • Phase 2 will provide temporary support for eligible organizations with heritage collections through the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program and funding for other organizations such as non-recipient arts and cultural organizations, small broadcasters, third-language producers, organizations in live music, local news organizations, magazines and community newspapers. Further details on Phase 2 will be announced shortly.

How to Apply

  • Eligible recipients will not have to apply for funding under Phase 1. The Department of Canadian Heritage will use the most recent applications funded by the program as a basis for topping-up funding. Existing recipients of targeted programs will be asked to fill out an attestation.
  • The details about the duration of the program have not been released.


1$198.3 million will be provided to the beneficiaries of arts and culture funding through existing programs as well as other organizations with demonstrated needs, $72 million will be provided to the sport sector, $53 million will be provided to the heritage sector through the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program) and $3.5 million will be provided for COVID-related projects under the Digital Citizen Initiative



Waiving Payments for Part I Licence fees

Program Overview

  • The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”) will not issue letters requesting Broadcasters’ payments for Part I licence fees for the 2020–21 fiscal year.
  • Part I license fees will be covered by the Federal government (equivalent to $30 million) on behalf of 107 broadcasters.

Eligibility

  • Broadcasters who are required to pay Part I license fees for the 2020-21 fiscal year (“Licensees” defined under the Broadcasting License Fee Regulations, 1997.)

How to Apply

  • No application necessary. This is an automatic waiver for Licensees under the Broadcasting License Fee Regulations, 1997.

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