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Welcome to CITT/ICTS COVID-19 Resources and Information page. This page has for objective to help you keep track of the global situation and to find help on different topics related to our industry. Please do not hesitate to contact us if some of this information if found to be obsolete, or if you have material you'd wish us to share here.

Everyone's safety is more than ever a top priority. Stay safe.

The global situation

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak Updates (Government of Canada)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak Updates (Government of Quebec) (in French)

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Ontario Ministry of Health) - Updated weekdays at 10:30 am.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Outbreak (World Health Organization) Situation Reports - Updated regularly.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention)

Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 (WHO PDF document)

Tourism Montreal News page - updated regularly.

Open letters to our Governments


CULTURAL HUMAN RESOURCES COUNCIL (CHRC): Letter from Grégoire Gagnon, D. Mus., MPA & MBA, Executive Director, to all Canadian cultural workers and artists.

CLMA / Letter sent by Canadian Live Music Association CEO Erin Benjamin to the Minister of Finance as well as Ministers of Heritage, Economic Development, Tourism, Innovation, Science and Industry and Middle-Class Prosperity this weekend, seeking financial measures to alleviate the financial effects of the current pandemic: https://canadianlivemusic.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Request-for-Relief_Canadian-Live-Music-Industry_March-16-2020.pdf

Industry resources

Canada Council for the arts COVID-19 Info Update page: This page is updated regularly. FAQ, documents and more.
If you cannot access an online version of this information and require a PDF, please email: covid19@canadacouncil.ca.

CALQ, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec: grants, news and updates. Visit this page regularly.

Employment and Social Development Canada - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html

The AFC COVID-19 Update and resource page: https://afchelps.ca/news/covid-19-update/

Fondation des artistes: The Artists' Foundation (FDA) is currently working on the creation of an emergency fund to help the most needy artists affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Indeed, Netflix pledged last week to pay $ 500,000 to the FDA to support artists struggling with serious financial difficulties due to the coronavirus. As desired by the donor, this sum will be redistributed as a priority to artists in the French audiovisual sector. (in french)

UNISON Financial support for the music industry: https://unisonfund.ca/covid-19-statement

Actsafe: https://www.actsafe.ca/covid-19-resources-for-the-arts-and-entertainment-industries/

Event Safety Alliance Program Changes in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Alliance québécoise des techniciens et techniciennes de l'image et du son (AQTIS)COVID-19, The answers to your questions. This document is updated regularly and regroups important information for industry professionals.

Compétence Culture Comité sectoriel de main-d'oeuvre en culture (in french)

CAPACOA and other ASOs are developing a robust impact assessment framework to measure losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic:

CCOHSBusiness Continuity Plan Guidelines.

Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec Avis aux clientèles du Ministère de la Culture et des Communications et de ses sociétés d'État (in french). Visit this page regularly for updated information. They also have a Q&A section.

IATSE 514https://iatse514.com/coronavirus-mise-a-jour/ (in french)

COVID-19 Legal Aid Clinic - Free Legal Advice Telephone Line (web page in french)

Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance: COVID-19 Impact Survey.

IPAA (Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance)Coping with COVID-19 (abundance of resources regarding Canada's Council for the Arts on-going grants).
Excerpt: Instead of turning to fear, we suggest you consider turning that energy into art. Create, plan and organize. A major part to all those pieces is funding - so below we provide a number of upcoming deadlines for grants available nationally, in hopes that this self-isolation births some spectacular art!

Webinars & Online Education

USITT Online Industry Resources
Many industry companies, schools, and organizations have begun to offer free online resources during this unprecedented time, including USITT. They've compiled an ongoing list for you to explore. Consider it a hub for all the industry resources available to you from the comfort of your own home. This online resources list will be updated daily.

PCMA is committed to getting essential resources to business events professionals everywhere to help them undertake complex assessments and ensure the safety of their participants on site and in their host communities during the outbreak: https://www.pcma.org/coronavirus-business-events-professionals-need-to-know-faq/

By Event Safety Alliance: Webinar: Preparing Your Organization for Coronavirus (presentation slides available for download).

wysisyg Essentials, by CAST: This FREE live 1 hour seminar will introduce you to wysiwyg and provide a product overview. Multiple dates available.

Spinetix, a special series of hands-on webinars and demos to help you improve your digital signage skills.

ACT Lighting Online Courses
All ACT Academy online courses are available for FREE from now until June 1st. Use Promo Code act4me.


Clear-Com, an HME Company: Free Webinars.

ActSafe: Online Courses & Certifications.

AC Lighting: Vista by Chroma-Q Youtube Channel.

L-Acoustics: Free webinars. For missed previous webinars, you can find them all on their Youtube channel here.

ADJ: Stay Connected Educational Series. Over the next few weeks, ADJ will host a series of live video broadcasts that will provide educational content and in-depth product overviews. Each installment of ‘Stay Connected’ will have a specific focus and provide an opportunity for lighting and event professionals to upskill from the safety and comfort of their own homes.

Health & Safety

Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak: https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty/

Mental Health and Addiction Resource: https://www.actsafe.ca/topic/mental-health-substance-abuse/mental-health-addiction-issues-resource/

CCOHS (Canadian Center for Occupational Health and safety): https://www.cchst.ca/outbreaks/

Take these steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol;
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve; when using tissues, immediately dispose of them and wash your hands afterwards;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth;
  • Refrain from handshakes/hugs;
  • Regularly clean commonly used surfaces and devices you touch or handle;
  • Try to avoid contact with people who are showing symptoms of respiratory illness, such as coughing;
  • Check national travel advice before planning or taking trips;
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health-care provider;
  • If you think you might be sick, stay home from work or school;
  • Practice social distancing.

Share your art, not the virus!

The Social Distancing Festival
The Social Distancing Festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Founded by Nick Green with the help from artists at the Theatre Sheridan (Toronto), this project has three main goals:

1) It helps to get some of the great work that you’ve done out to the world, and projects that were cancelled get the word of mouth that they missed out on;
2) We are able to keep feeling a sense of artistic community, even from our living rooms, and;
3) Artists are able to continue to engage with their projects by making videos, sharing work, and celebrating the work of others.

The Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists will provide $100,000 in artists fees to support online performances between now and March 31, 2020 to help ease financial strain for those impacted by the closure of performance venues across Canada related to COVID-19.
Selected artists will receive a financial grant, and their performances will be shared on the NAC’s Facebook page, which will be discoverable by searching #CanadaPerforms.

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