Information updated December 21, 2021
In the current context resulting from the coronavirus, several tax and economic measures have been put in place to support Quebec and Canadian businesses and organizations.
Our experts have determined the support measures that seem to generate the most interest from businesses:
You will find on this page details related to government and institutional measures, as well as hyperlinks to the organizations’ sites. We remain on the lookout for future announcements in order to continue making updates and keep you informed about the new measures.
For details about measures implemented for individuals, please go to raymondchabot.com
Note that the Quebec and federal governments have put tools in place for businesses to determine which government assistance measures apply to their situation.
New Brunswick measures
All SMEs and large enterprises
Young and small businesses
Agriculture, fishing and bio-food
Media, culture and heritage
SMEs and large enterprises
The Canadian government is taking measures to support Canadian businesses and individuals facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) ended on October 23, 2021. For a summary of these measures, to learn about the claim periods and to find out how our experts can support you in this process, read our explanatory document.
The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) ended on October 23, 2021. For a summary of these measures, to learn about the claim periods and to find out how our experts can support you in this process, see our explanation document.
To encourage organizations to hire new workers, the Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) provides employers experiencing a current drop in revenue of more than 10% subsidies of up to 50% of additional remuneration paid to eligible active employees. This program has been extended to May 7, 2022.
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) is no longer in effect since October 23, 2021. You can however still claim any subsidies to which you are entitled.
Information on these two programs is updated regularly here.
Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program (HHBRP)
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) program expired on October 23, 2021.
They have been replaced by the HHBRP program that provides support for businesses having incurred heavy losses through wage and rent subsidies at rates of up to 50%. This program is offered until May 7, 2022 and the proposed subsidy rates will be in effect until March 13, 2022. The rates will be reduced by half from March 13 to May 7, 2022. Find out more in our explanatory document.
This measure provides bridge financing for large employers affected by the pandemic whose needs are not being met through conventional financing. Its objective is to help large businesses protect Canadian jobs during the economic slowdown.
A Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) has been introduced primarily to support small- and medium-sized enterprises through Expert Development Canada (DC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).
Additionally, EDC will guarantee new operating credit and cash-flow term loans that financial institutions extend to small- to medium-sized enterprises, up to $6.25 million.
BDC will also work with financial institutions to provide joint financing to SMEs to meet their operational cash flow requirements. Under this program, eligible businesses can receive additional credit up to $6.25 million.
It was announced on May 11th that this program would be expanded to mid-sized companies with larger financing needs. It will include loans of up to $60M per company and guarantees of up to $80M.
The Work Sharing Program (WS) is a program intended to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary decrease in the organization’s activities for reasons beyond the employer’s control. The program provides employment insurance (EI) benefits to eligible employees who agree to reduce their normal work hours and share work while their employer recovers. The Government of Canada has extended this program until September 24, 2022.
The filing deadline of individuals income tax returns is not postponed and remains on April 30, 2021 (or June 15 if applicable).
No filing or payment deadline extensions are announced in 2021 for corporations, trusts, partnerships or any other obligations.
Canada Revenue Agency: reimbursement of employee teleworking equipment
In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, an employer may reimburse an employee up to $500 for the acquisition of computer equipment allowing the employee to work from home, with no taxable benefit for the employee.
The federal government, through its Regional Development Agencies (RDA), is providing additional assistance to support rural businesses and communities, in particular with access to capital, and businesses that have been impacted by the situation that do not have access to broader support measures.
If you are a tourism operator or small- or medium-sized business or organization and have received RDA funding, you may be eligible to receive additional funding and/or flexible arrangements. Additionally, the RDAs have introduced a three-month moratorium on any payment to the government, effective April 1, 2020.
Quarantined Canadians can apply for EI sickness benefits. These benefits provide up to 15 weeks of income replacement to eligible claimants who are unable to work due to illness, injury or quarantine so that they can take the time to regain their health before returning to work. Quarantined Canadians are not required to provide a medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits.
To meet the ongoing needs covered by the CERB, which is coming to an end, the Canada Revenue Agency has launched the application process for the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB). Refer to the respective sites to find out about the terms of each of these programs.
The processing time for a work permit will go from 10 weeks to 10 days or less and a worker who is already in Canada and obtained a work offer will be able to start the new job even if the work permit is still in process. This measure takes into account increased labour needs in essential services. Workers can apply here.
The government is waiving tariffs on certain medical equipment, including personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and gloves.
This will reduce the cost of imported PPE for businesses that face tariffs of up to 18%.
Tariff relief for these goods will remain in place for as long as necessary to deal with the pandemic.
First Nations that have loans with the First Nations Finance Authority (FNFA) will be eligible for interest relief, following a $17.1 M investment from the Government of Canada. This will allow First Nations to use their financial resources to meet essential needs during the pandemic.
In total, nearly $221M will be invested in partnership with the federal government and Canadian financial institutions. This program will help thousands of black business owners and entrepreneurs across the country recover from the crisis and grow their businesses.
In June, $2.2 B in federal infrastructure funding for communities will be paid out in a single payment for projects that will help stimulate local economies.
These funds could be used for projects such as improving access to high-speed Internet, upgrading road and water systems, and building cycling and walking paths.
Safe Restart Agreement
This federal investment of more than $19 billion will help provinces and territories restart their economies. The funds are primarily intended for the following individuals and sectors:
- Daycare services;
- Health care systems.
Small and medium-size enterprises that have seen their revenues decrease by 50% or more as a result of COVID-19 will be able to access a garanteed low-interest loan of $25,000 to $1 million. This program is designed to ensure a degree of continuity for your business through the pandemic. The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will work with participating Canadian financial institutions.
Two new funding programs for Canada airports
The Department of Transport has introduced two new contribution funding programs to help Canada’s airports recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic:
- The Airport Critical Infrastructure Program (ACIP) will provide close to $490 million to support Canada’s larger airports with investments in critical infrastructure-related to safety, security or connectivity;
- The Airport Relief Fund (ARF) will provide close to $65 million in financial relief.
Young and small businesses
Please note that the deadline of 30 June 2021 has now passed and it is no longer possible to apply for the CEBA.
Aimed at Canadian small businesses whose revenues have decreased as a result of COVID-19, this financial assistance provides a government-backed loan of $40,000, $10,000 of which may be non-repayable. Repayment of the loan balance, before December 31, 2022, will result in a 25% write-off of the loan.
Eligible businesses now include those of sole proprietors who earn their income directly from their business, those whose operations depend on contract workers, family businesses that pay their employees through dividends as well as certain businesses with a payroll lower than $20,000.
This contribution helps alleviate or cover non-deferrable costs such as rent, utilities, insurance, taxes and employer expenses.
To support start-ups and innovators who do not have access to existing support measures, $250 million in assistance will be provided through the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), which provides advice, connections and financing for Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises to increase their innovation capacity and commercialize their ideas.
To assist young entrepreneurs who are facing challenges because of COVID-19, the government is providing $20.1M to Futurpreneur Canada. The organization will therefore be able to provide payment relief for its clients for up to 12 months.
Agriculture, fishing and bio-food
The program will provide small- and medium-sized enterprises with financial assistance to carry out development activities in international markets while travel is restricted by the pandemic.
With this additional capacity, producers, agribusinesses and food processors will continue to have access to necessary capital at this challenging time. Effective immediately, FCC has put in place :
- access to an additional credit line up to $500,000, secured by general security agreements or universal movable hypothec (Quebec only);
- a deferral of principal and interest payments up to six months for existing loans; or
- a deferral of principal payments up to 12 months.
An Agriculture and food business solutions fund of $100 M was created to help businesses whose operations have been affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. This financial assistance will be used to make up for a significant loss: facility, key supplier, essential employees and others.
To support the agriculture sector and attract Canadians aged 15 to 30 to farming, the federal government is investing $9.2 M to enhance the “Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP)” and fund up to 700 new jobs in the sector.
Applications are being accepted now and the YESP will provide agriculture employers (including producers, agri-businesses, industry associations, Aboriginal organizations and research institutions) with up to 50% of the cost of hiring a young Canadian, to a maximum of $14,000.
For the hiring of Indigenous youths or youths facing barriers, it will cover 80% of the costs.
The Government of Canada recently announced several other measures to support farmers, agrifood businesses and the food supply chain:
- Assistance to producers through the AgriRecovery Program to deal with the additional costs of the pandemic;
- Assistance to beef and pork processing producers to help them adapt to the changing market and keep their animals longer before placing them on the market due to temporary processing plant closures;
- Possible increase in the borrowing limit by $200M from the Canadian Dairy Commission to allow for the temporary storage of cheese and butter to avoid food waste (legislative changes required);
- Launch of a surplus food purchase program to redistribute unsold food to local food organizations;
- Creation of an emergency processing fund to help food processors provide personal protective equipment to workers, adapt to health protocols and automate or modernize their facilities and operational processes;
- Interim payments increasing from 50% to 75% to support producers experiencing income declines (through the AgriStability Program, already implemented in some provinces);
- Expansion of the AgriInsurance Program, in collaboration with the provinces, to include labour shortages as an eligible risk.
To help farmers, fish harvesters and all food production and processing employers, the government will pay $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker during their mandatory 14-day isolation period.
The funding could be used for accommodation, transportation and food for the workers during this transition period.
The investment will allow the CFIA to hire and train additional staff and reassign staff to critical food inspection services.
This investment will also make it possible to work more closely with trading partners to minimize supply disruptions during the crisis.
In order to redirect food destined for restaurants and hotels to retail outlets and grocery stores, for a 90-day period, the CFIA will be more flexible regarding standard packaging and labelling requirements that are not related to food safety.
This $62.5M fund for the fish and seafood processing sector will help businesses:
- access short-term financing to pay for maintenance and inventory costs and add storage capacity for unsold products;
- comply with new health and safety measures for workers;
- support new manufacturing technologies to improve productivity and the quality of finished seafood products;
- adapt products to new market demands.
The government also announced additional financial assistance for fish harvesters:
- New employment insurance (EI) rules for fish harvesters: EI benefits will be calculated based on insurable earnings from previous seasons (winter and summer claims).
Emergency Funding for Safety Measures in Forestry Operations
Thirty million dollars will be provided to offset the additional costs associated with safety measures implemented by small and medium enterprises in the forest sector.
Natural Resources Canada will create a loan program to help oil and gas companies reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining industry jobs.
Rapid access to financing
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC) will provide energy sector companies with rapid access to the financing they need to maintain operations and keep their employees working.
Financial support to clean up oil and gas wells
The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) is providing $1.7B in financial support to the energy sector for the clean up of orphan and inactive oil and gas wells in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
This new program provides support for hotels, tour operators, travel agencies and restaurants through wage and rent subsidies at rates of up to 75%. This program is offered until May 7, 2022 and the proposed subsidy rates will be in effect until March 13, 2022. The rates will be reduced by half from March 13 to May 7, 2022. Find out more in our explanatory document.
Media, culture and heritage
In order to help the publishing and news sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government is investing $30M, essentially in conventional media.
Additionally, Canadian Heritage is working to establish a simplified procedure to submit and process 2020-2021 funding requests for magazines and publishers for the Canada Book Fund and Canada Periodical Fund.
The federal government has also published additional proposals to make adjustments to the tax measures to support the news and broadcasting sectors.
Administered by Telefilm Canada, in collaboration with the Canada Media Fund, this fund will compensate independent production companies. This measure is temporary and is intended to compensate for the lack of insurance to cover production stoppages related to confirmed cases of COVID-19 on film sets in the audiovisual industry.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will not issue letters requesting payment for Part I licence fees by broadcasters for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Waiving these regulatory charges for broadcasters provides immediate financial relief for the broadcasting industry, freeing up more than $30 million in cash.
The Government of Canada will provide additional relief of up to $50M to eligible television and radio stations by waiving Part II broadcasting licence fees in 2020-21, which are collected annually by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
A $500 million fund has been created to help cultural, sports and heritage organizations. It will provide wage support to artists, creators and athletes and financing for organizations with cash flow problems. The amounts will be allocated through partner organizations. They will be divided among select departmental programs and key delivery organizations:
- $198.3M for beneficiaries of arts and culture funding;
- $72M for the sport sector;
- $53M for the heritage sector through the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program;
- $3.5M for COVID-19 related projects under the Digital Citizen Initiative;
- $55M to be distributed by the Canada Council for the Arts;
- $115.8M to be distributed by the Canada Media Fund ($88M) and Telefilm Canada ($27M) to support the Canadian audiovisual sector.
The use of the remaining funds will be assessed based on needs.
The government is investing an additional $20 M in the New Horizons Program for seniors to help organizations carrying out community projects the purpose of which is to reduce isolation, improve seniors’ quality of life and maintain a social support network.
Additional financial assistance will provide support for community projects that meet the immediate needs of Indigenous peoples living in urban centres and off reserve during the pandemic.
Among others, the funds will support projects that address food security, mental health support services, and sanitation and protective equipment needs as well as support for Elders, transportation, and educational materials for Indigenous children and youth.
Temporary changes made to the Canada Summer Jobs Program to help employers hire young workers for the summer in this current situation. These changes include, among others:
- Increase in the wage subsidy enabling public and private sector employers to receive up to 100% of minimum wage for each employee;
- Possibility of hiring part-time staff;
- Extension of employment end date to February 28, 2021.
Other measures taken by federal government to create student jobs:
Providing $153.7M for the “Youth Employment and Skills Strategy” to help young people gain experience in high-demand sectors such as agriculture, technology, health and essential services. This initiative will create an additional 6,000 jobs.
$80M to the Post-Secondary Student Work Experience Program to provide post-secondary students with work experience related to their field of study.
Investment in “Mitacs” and redirection of federal support for the “Business/Higher Education Roundtable”
In order to create 5,000 new jobs, the government is injecting $40 M to support Mitacs.
Furthermore, by redirecting current federal support and reinforcing online tools, “Business/Higher Education Roundtable” should also create 5,000 to 10,000 new student placements.
All SMEs and large enterprises
Agriculture and bio-food
Health and essential services
Tourism, hotels and leisure
Art and cultural sector
SMEs and large enterprises
Thanks to the Concerted Temporary Action Plan for Businesses (CTAPB), eligible businesses, including cooperatives, NFPOs and social economy enterprises carrying out commercial activities, are eligible for financial support to address the cash shortfall associated with COVID-19 due to:
- a problem in the supply of raw materials or products (goods or services);
- an inability or substantial decreased ability to deliver goods, products or services.
With few exceptions, businesses in all activity sectors are eligible for this program. Financial assistance, of a minimum amount of $50,000, is provided in the form of a loan guarantee, but may also take the form of a loan.
The program is enhanced for businesses in the red zone; the financing granted to these businesses targets needs as of October 1, 2020.
The Emergency Assistance Program for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses seeks to support the working capital of SMEs for a period no more than six months to enable them to maintain, consolidate or recover their activities. The assistance granted will take the form of a loan or loan guarantee of up to a maximum of $50,000 at a 3% interest rate.
For information on the Emergency Assistance for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Program, contact your RCM, your municipality’s office or the organization in charge of managing your RCM’s Fonds local d’investissement (FLI).
To support establishments subject to a closure order, the Assistance for Businesses in Regions on Maximum Alert (AERAM) section allows for loan forgiveness (non-repayable financial assistance) for loans granted under the PAUPME after October 1, 2020. The loan forgiveness could reach 100% of the eligible fixed expenses, up to $15,000 per month of closure. Loan forgiveness cannot exceed 80% of the loan granted under the PAUPME.
The moratorium on the repayment of principal and interest related to financial assistance granted under the AERAM section of the PAUPME has been extended until March 31, 2022.
A six-month moratorium has been introduced for the repayment (principal and interest) of loans already granted through local investment funds. Interest accumulated during this period will be added to the loan balance.
For more information about the FLI, contact your RCM or local fund manager.
Quebec is following the federal government’s lead and will allow businesses to defer, until June 30, their returns and remittances for the QST payments scheduled for March 31, April 30 and May 31, without interest or penalties.
Revenu Québec will accelerate its processing of income tax credit requests for businesses and tax refunds.
Note that the deadline for filing claims for refundable tax credits for businesses, claims for non-refundable tax credits for international financial centres, non-refundable tax credits for the development of e-business and claims for the deduction of expenses incurred for scientific research and experimental development, has been extended to December 31, 2020.
Given the COVID-19 situation, Revenu Québec considers that reimbursing an employee up to $500 for computer equipment needed for teleworking primarily benefits the employer and is not a taxable benefit for the employee.
This Quebec assistance will compensate for costs not covered by the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and will be in effect until November 21, 2020.
To promote local purchasing in Quebec, the government is launching LePanierBleu.ca, a non-transactional digital platform designed to list all Quebec retailers and their products under the same banner. Consumers will be able to locate businesses by region online. Merchants can add their business now.
In order to maintain essential air services to remote regions, the government is offering financial assistance to ensure the transportation of goods and patients requiring medical care.
The target regions are: Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Basse-Côte-Nord, Île d’Anticosti, Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, Schefferville and Fermont sectors and Nunavik.
To support scientific and technological projects relating to the pandemic, the province will invest $10 M through the Programme innovation, the Programme de soutien aux organismes de recherche et d’innovation and the Quebec Research Funds.
This Fund will complement the financing usually offered to SME owners by providing equity or quasi-equity financing. It is intended for SMEs in all sectors of activity that have reached various development stages.
This growth fund is being financed through a $100M investment from the Government of Quebec and the same amount from National Bank and private investors, for a total of $200M.
Accès entreprise Québec will be the gateway for businesses to access services and organizations focusing on entrepreneurs. The Quebec government wants to ensure that businesses have access to high-quality coaching, growth capital and investment services that are comparable from one region to another and respect regional specificities. More information on the government’s website.
This fund help social economy enterprises to recover from the COVID-19 health crisis with projects adapted to the new reality: business transformation, creation of new product or service, innovation in processes.
Agriculture and bio-food
Here are some measures put in place by the Financière agricole du Québec (FADQ) to support farm producers:
Six-moratorium on loan repayments for La Financière agricole clients who apply for it.
Crop Insurance Program (ASREC): dates postponed
The enrolment date for the Crop Insurance Program (ASREC) is extended from April 30 to July 1, 2020.
Farm Income Stabilization Insurance Program (ASRA): payments and advances for the cattle, hog and sheep sectors
No notices of assessment will be sent before July 1st. Additionally, final payments for the 2019 insurance year will be made in April for the cattle and hog sectors and in May for the sheep sector, as scheduled. The second advance for cereal and canola compensations will be paid in April.
Loan of up to $50,000 to support cash flow needs
A loan of up to $50,000 can be quickly granted by the FADQ with a possible ten-year repayment term and a 12-month capital payment relief.
Early investment grant payments
Investment grant payments scheduled for June 1st will be made on May 1st. These payments relate to the following programs:
Support for Diversification and Regional Development Program (PDDR);
Support for Québec Farm Business Development Program (PADEAQ); and
Program to Support Funding of Animal Welfare and Energy Efficiency Investments (PSFI).
AgriStability: insurance and income protection
It is possible to obtain interim AgriStability payments. Interim payments will increase from 50% to 75% of program benefits. The deadline to apply and make a contribution payment is postponed to July 3, 2020.
These additional measures can be viewed here.
This initiative supports Quebec mariculture producers who wish to renew their equipment or facilities. Assistance may be up to 35% of eligible expenses for these projects, to a maximum of $150,000 per project, except for mariculture producers in the Magdalen Islands, who may obtain up to 45% of eligible expenses, to take into account this region’s special character.
Quebec is providing $50,000 to the Association des marchés publics du Québec (AMPQ) to launch a transactional digital platform for the purchase of local products, which will be operational as of May 16.
Health and essential services
This additional financing will boost the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to meet increased needs given the current context. All network employees and managers will be entitled to three additional psychological support sessions in addition to the five or six already provided per 12-month period.
Quebec grants additional funding, through the CIUSSS and CISSS, to private or community resources offering addiction lodging. This assistance will cover additional costs relating to the pandemic such as the purchase of health equipment, hiring of resources and payment of overtime, and maintenance, surveillance and food costs.
Quebec is setting aside $1M from the Mille et UN Fund to help youth organizations during their funding campaigns. The assistance provided will range from $5,000 to $50,000 and will be a maximum of 50% of the goal. The first payment will be made when the organization has achieved 50% of its crowdfunding goal and the second one at the end of the campaign.
Tourism, hôtels and leisure
$8.7M has been added to the Programme Passeport Attraits which was launched on June 21, 2020. This additional funding will make it possible to continue the initiative by stimulating fall and winter tourism in all regions of Quebec. The program will be in effect until December 31, 2021, or until the budget envelope is exhausted.
Since March 28, 2020, the Corporation de l’industrie touristique du Québec has suspended the billing of annual fees for holders of a classification certification. No penalty will be imposed on the holders concerned and no certification will be cancelled.
Organizations receiving financial assistance for tourism festivals and events for the 2020-2021 summer-fall period will receive their first installment, or 80% of the total subsidy amount, whether or not their activities are maintained. They will receive their second installment – up to 20% of the financial assistance – according to the amount of expenses incurred at the time the event is cancelled.
The Quebec Government and Filaction are joining forces to support projects that target new clienteles or extend the operating period of tourism businesses. A loan ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 may be granted to existing or start-up businesses in the tourism sector that request it and whose main activity is in Quebec.
The criteria to access this program have been broadened. Previously, only hotels and tourist attractions were eligible for the PACTE – Tourism component. In the context of the crisis provoked by COVID-19, this assistance will further support the industry.
In addition, tourism businesses that have an active case file under the program could have 100% of their monthly energy costs incurred between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021 forgiven, up to $35,000 per month, for a maximum of $210,000 per establishment. (up to a maximum of $250,000).
The initial repayment period, which was five years following a two-year moratorium on principal and interest, has been extended by three years to eight years. Note that these changes can be applied to loans granted under the PACTE-Tourism component since they were implemented in the summer of 2020.
Art and cultural sector
In order to stimulate artistic creation and support cultural organizations and artists affected by the crisis, the Government of Quebec has presented a recovery plan for the cultural sector. It intends to inject nearly $290 M in 2020-2021, including $110 M in additional investments for the current fiscal year.
In particular, the plan aims to:
- support film and television production ($91.5 M);
- support cultural businesses and organizations in resuming their activities ($71.9 M);
- support innovation and creation in the performing arts (theatre, dance, circus, music, etc.) ($50.9 M);
- increase the envelopes for the music sector for the implementation of innovative projects ($33.5 M);
- give the cultural community the means to achieve its digital ambitions ($14 M);
- promote Quebec culture and large-scale projects ($13 M);
- support artists and writers in their creation ($6.5 M);
- enhance existing financial assistance to revive artistic and cultural festivals and events ($5.9 M);
- document the effects of the pandemic on the cultural community and support smaller real estate and equipment acquisition projects ($2.2 M).
Additionally, cultural organizations that present Quebec performances in the performing arts, music and variety, and literature and tale will be able to benefit from a new temporary measure that will be administered by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles. This measure consists of paying out up to 75% of box office revenues that could not be collected due to the health measures, compared to the same operating period of the previous year. It covers revenues for the period beginning October 1, 2020 and ending March 31, 2021.
In addition to improving its financial assistance for the circus community, the CALQ is introducing two new financial assistance measures to help produce and present circus shows:
- Support for the presentation of shows before an audience, while complying with the rules of physical distancing in effect;
- Support through the Digital Exploration and Deployment program, whose envelope has been increased, for projects to adapt existing works for digital distribution.
For more information, refer to this detailed document on the recovery plan.
The Ministère de la Culture et des Communications has provided $2M, which the Fondation des artistes can use to make a $2,000 donation to any artist or cultural worker who satisfies the following criteria:
- Works in the performing arts and contributes directly to the creation or presentation of the creative work;
- Is a professional performer, whether or not a member of an association;
- Has been active professionally in the past 18 months;
- Is having financial difficulties.
The purpose of this program is to support businesses with temporary cash problems with renewable credits, loans and loan guarantees.
Eligibility criteria include: be a legally incorporated for-profit or not-for-profit entity that works primarily in the SODEC’s fields of activity.
An amount of $4.6M has been allocated for a call for projects aimed at providing support to Quebec-owned commercial movie theatres, as part of the Plan de relance économique du milieu culturel. Driven by the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), this new call for projects is an addition to existing government measures. The objectives of the resulting financial assistance that will be provided as subsidies are to:
- Support movie theaters facing a liquidity crisis caused by the shutdown or slowdown of their activities due to COVID-19;
- Contribute to maintaining the distribution capacity of movie theatre operators showing Quebec films.
The Sod@ccès portal is here.