Last update: May 26, 2020

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is impacting the Mississauga arts community in a variety of ways.

We are committed to curating relevant resources that can help our creative community get support during this difficult time. 

Below are resources, calls for artists/opportunities, emergency funds, and more items that we have found useful in learning about these issues and identifying information of special interest to Mississauga’s creative communities.

Please forward news to that you think we should know about and we will take advantage of them as you want us to.

We will be updating this website regularly with information that becomes available. Please continue to monitor this page for updates.

Government of Canada

The Government of Canada has released an Economic Response Plan in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We recommend following their website for up-to-date accurate information that may be helpful to you during this time. Click here for more information.


  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CRB)
    • A taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months.  Click here for instructions on how to apply. 
    • Update April 16, 2020: More Artists will now qualify for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB):
      Eligibility criteria for CERB have changed. It is now possible for applicants to earn up to $1,000 of employment income each month, and still qualify for CERB payments. In addition, royalty payments do not need to be included in the $1,000 maximum. This is a huge benefit for self-employed artists, many of whom may have retained some work or receive some royalties which had previously disqualified them for the federal funding program.

City of Mississauga

The City of Mississauga has released a website dedicated to the latest COVID-19 resources for businesses, including entrepreneurs. It will be updated regularly with new information. Click here for the website.

Mayor Crombie’s recent Arts and Culture Town Hall for the Cultural Sector provided a document with a full list of information, resources and support for the culture sector. Click here to view the document

CBC Arts

CBC Arts has created a continuously updated list of resources to help Canadian artists and freelancers find help during the COVID-19 shutdown. Click here to check it out. 


Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education (PAONE) has created a list of resources from other organizations into a collaborate platform. Click here to check it out. 

Canada Media Fund

UNISON Benevolent Fund

  • UNISON COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
    • Unison provides free counselling and emergency financial relief for the Canadian music community.
    • Unison has launched a $500,000 fund to support musicians, entertainment professionals, venue owners and other members of the Canadian music community who are unable to work because of COVID-19
Canada Council for the Arts

Ontario Arts Council

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MAC Partnership with Smiles Are Essential 

We have recently partnered with Smiles Are Essential, an organization that spreads joy through physically-distanced music and dance for frontline workers and residents of long-term care facilities. We look forward to supporting their efforts and continuing to help them lift spirits up through the arts. Donate to them here if you can. 

Rise Up Mississauga – Concert of Hope

On May 8, 2020, we presented Rise Up Mississauga – Concert of Hope a made in Mississauga show of inspiring talent by outstanding musicians, singing uplifting songs, in solidarity with front line and essential workers soldiering on for us through this pandemic. Click here to watch it.

We also want to encourage you to send us positive stories about your creative projects that so we can share, enjoy and learn from. Send them to and we will promote them on our social media!

Visual Arts Mississauga

Visual Arts Mississauga encourages you to participate in their new creative campaign using the hashtag #TogetherAtHome. Artists around the world are expressing their creativity in isolation and VAM encourages you to tag them in your creative projects!

Contact Us

Note: City Hall has been closed to the public. All MAC staff are working from home, and our office is closed until further notice.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us individually. All general inquires please contact


Mike Douglas, Executive Director

Yasmin Farouk, Operations Manager

Helen Harris, Production Manager

Sherri Murray, Communications Producer

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