COVID-19 update and resources


We are monitoring the current social distancing and self-isolation policies and working to move our programming online. The Creative Manitoba staff are all sequestered away in our home offices; we are having our weekly staff meetings via ZOOM (as you can see from the screen grab).

We have adapted our previously planned workshops and will be delivering programs online going forward. Some of our programs that require hands on activity and peer group work, such as AMYC and AMYC Indigenous, will be postponed until it is safe to gather. We are developing a series of workshops with topics that are relevant to our current collective situation.


Below are local and national resources for artists and arts organizations.  Please check them out to see what help is available for you regarding EI benefits, workshops, and mental health supports, etc.

We would also like to share the things you are doing. If you have been creating and posting online events, please let us know so that we can share your links on our member events page. If you are looking for collaborators, tell us about that too, and we can post those on our call for submissions page. 

It is important to keep in mind that we are all in the same boat together and that we will get through this. While the world will be a changed place –  it will be okay to go out again, and we will need art and creativity more than ever.

Take care of yourselves.

Creative Manitoba



Resources for artists and arts organizations during COVID-19

Government of Canada COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number.

To get the Canada Emergency Response Benefit faster once applications are open, you can sign up in advance for My Account through the Canada Revenue Agency. And if you can, choose direct deposit to get money into your account sooner.

The Canada Council for the Arts has committed to providing support to artists who have suffered financial losses. So that you can be ready to submit a claim wherever help comes from, please keep track of all expenses incurred and revenue lost.  Please see website on how to apply for programs.

Leadership Emergency Arts Network (LEAN) is an immediate, grassroots, pro bono response network to help Canadian professional non-profit arts organizations (big and small) deal with what is coming at them during this crisis. Celia Smith, Jeanne LeSage and Michele Maheux launched this national initiative a few days ago and already have 55 advisers signed on: sector leaders including board members, current and former arts Executive Directors, consultants, etc. from across the country. If you need help at this time in strategic decision-making, crisis response, financial analysis, board direction, relationship mediation, HR management, systems change or inspirational leadership, LEAN ON US!

I Lost my Gig
Cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19 are having unprecedented impacts on the arts, cultural heritage, tourism, and creative industries in Canada – affecting the livelihoods and careers of vulnerable workers as well as closing large to small venues and institutions in rural and urban communities alike. ArtsPond / Étang d’Arts and I Lost My Gig Canada, in collaboration with national community partners, invite Canadian arts, culture, heritage, tourism, and creative industries workers to share their impact stories by completing the inaugural COVID-19 Impact Survey for Arts, Culture, Hertiage, Tourism & Creative Industries Workers. Open to individual workers from all related backgrounds and disciplines in Canada until December 31, 2020, this survey is the first in a series of multiple short and comprehensive surveys mapping the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable individuals and organizations in arts, culture, heritage and tourism throughout 2020. Survey results will be published and updated on an ongoing basis at

Further resource lists

Cultural Human Resources Council:  Cultural sector resources for businesses, organizations and individuals

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


Local (free) mental health resources

Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba support line

Aulneau Renewal Centre wellness check

Sara Riel Inc. peer support line



Online member events

Calls for submissions