Last update: November 20, 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 macnews@mississaugaartscouncil.com 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.

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Ontario Travel 

Destination Ontario – Ontario Live Initiative

  • Destination Ontario has launched Ontario Live, A virtual marketplace that brings Ontario together to help support local artists, operators, attractions and businesses throughout the province. Learn more and register here.

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.

Digital Mainstreet ShopHERE – Helping artists get online for free

Mississauga Made – an online network of Mississauga based businesses

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. 

PAONE

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

Quickbooks

Quickbooks has a great resource page that answers how to prove income when you are self-employed in Canada. Check it out here.

Doug Ford announced that Toronto and Peel Region will moving into lockdown effective Monday, November 23 at 12:01 a.m. 

Click here for more information on the Government of Ontario’s website

Important highlights relating to our community:

Gathering Sizes

  • No indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household
  • Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 people outdoors
  • Virtual and drive-in gatherings, events services, rites or ceremonies permitted

Performing arts facilities

  • Closed to spectators
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2-metre physical distance except for purposes of the performance
  • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier
  • Drive-in performances permitted
  • Liquor sold or served only between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No consumption of liquor permitted between 10 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Require contact information from all patrons
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request

Film and television production

  • Permitted with restrictions in control (red)
  • Post-production permitted

Museums and other cultural amenities (for example, art galleries, science centres)

  • Closed

Photography studios and services

  • Closed

Film and television production

  • Permitted with restrictions in control (red)
  • Post-production permitted

Music Canada & Abacus Data

The pandemic has had a profound impact on Canada’s musicians. Music Canada has released new data conducted by Abacus Data on the impacts of COVID-19 on Canadian musicians. Read the whole report here. 

Ontario Creates

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

We are currently sending out weekly email newsletters with COVID-19 resources and engaging virtual and socially distanced art activities and events happening in our Mississauga creative community. If you aren’t already subscribed to our mailing list, please subscribe below.

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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 macnews@mississaugaartscouncil.com 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 mac@mississaugaartscouncil.com.

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Mike Douglas, Executive Director
mike.douglas@mississaugaartscouncil.com

Sherri Murray, Communications Producer
media@mississaugaartscouncil.com

Sabrina Cunha, Multimedia Designer
design@mississaugaartscouncil.com

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