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Today, the Government of Canada announced that self-employed individuals who applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and would have qualified based on their gross income will not be required to repay the benefit, provided they also met all other eligibility requirements. The same approach will apply whether the individual applied through the Canada Revenue Agency or Service Canada.

On February 8th, the Ontario government annoucned that it is moving to a regional approach and maintaining the shutdown in the majority of the public health regions in Ontario, including the Stay-at-Home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures.

Results from the National Arts and Culture Impact Survey Now Available

Results from the National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS), conducted in November 2020, are now available. In total, 2,001 individuals and organizations from across Canada completed the survey.


On January 20, 2021 the Globe and Mail reported that The Canada Revenue Agency is backtracking on its message to artists that grants cannot be used as income in the calculation of eligibility for emergency coronavirus benefits.

DanceWeekend'21 Postponed

Due to circumstances related to the ongoing pandemic we have made the decision to postpone Dance Weekend'21 until spring of this year. Dance Ontario is committed to bringing you an exciting weekend jam-packed full of unique dance performances, films and workshops. We are delaying this flagship event to ensure that all of the amazing talent and activities planned for the two-day showcase can be presented safely. We look forward to hosting our first ever fully virtual Dance Weekend and invite you to come dance with us in just a few months.

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is extending most orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) for another 30 days.

Full press release

List of orders

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) welcomes Heather Alinsangan as she begins her new role as Director of Research and Evaluation. Heather steps into the position following the December retirement of her predecessor, Kathryn Townshend.

Heather Alinsangan has more than 15 years of experience leading and implementing quantitative and qualitative research initiatives as well as strategic planning, performance measurement, policy development and advocacy.

 Jennifer Watkins retires after 22 years at the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company

For the past 22 years, Jennifer Watkins has been the administrative backbone of the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company (EESDC). An experienced programmer, producer, and consultant, Jennifer has facilitated the creative work of the company by securing operating funds from all three levels of government, increasing the company’s presence by developing programming and workshops, developing budgets, and managing the intricacies of the day-to-day operations at EESDC.


 Rita Davies, Chair of the Ontario Arts Council, has been named to the Order Of Canada, in honour of her leadership and dedication to the arts in Toronto and in th

Province Issues Stay-at-Home Order and Introduces Enhanced Enforcement Measures to Reduce Mobility