The Mississauga Arts Council is committed to assisting professional artists develop their artistic and entrepreneurial skills. When artists thrive, so does our community. Below are resources that might be of special interest to creatives and artists in Mississauga.

Calls for Artists

MAC offers a number of artist calls and opportunities to our members. Check out our Artist Opportunities page to find our latest calls.

Martys Hub also offers artist calls and opportunities shared from across the Mississauga Arts community.

TD Culture Lab

MAC’s own TD Culture Lab provides in-depth professional development webinars and resources for artists looking to develop their career. Watch the videos on YouTube or download the resources by visiting our TD Culture Lab program webpage.

Arts for Health

MAC is excited to build a pilot Arts for Mental Health program of creative health care services that would deliver the proven health benefits for clients of all ages using creative arts experiences while providing stable employment for artists of all practices. The resources below document real-world examples of Arts for Mental Health in action across Canada and the globe.

Helpful Links

MAC is pleased to collect useful links for artists of all disciplines. From Granting opportunities for all disciplines, to film festivals, visual arts websites, music resources and more. Keep an eye on the buttons below for new resources as we regularly update this page.

COVID-19 vs. The Arts

Last update: August 6, 2021

COVID-19 has had a sector-changing effect on the arts in Mississauga and abroad. Event cancellations and social restrictions have forced artists to seek new revenue streams and creative ways of engaging with audiences. MAC is hopeful that the pandemic is winding down, but we know that it will have a permanent impact on the global arts sector.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been committed to curating relevant resources to help our creative community get support during this difficult time. Please continue to monitor this page for updates.

Please forward news to that you think we should know about and we will add it to this curated page.

We are now pleased to share resources for the return to live events in Mississauga, and will continue to update this page with resources and information pertaining to COVID-19 and live events in Mississauga.

Performing Arts Return Information Session (City of Mississauga)

Performing Arts Return Information Session (City of Mississauga)

The City of Mississauga Culture Division presented a comprehensive Performing Arts Return Information Session on July 20th, 2021. During the information session, the City shared well-informed surveys on audience mindset and the Government of Canada’s expectations for live performance protocols and provided links to essential online tools and guidance to help accomplish them. Please see below for a summary of the City’s presentation and the links to live return resources.

Highlights from the Performing Arts Return Information Session

It was underlined that live show and event producers must also produce a plan for how they will reduce the likelihood of transmission of COVID-19.

In the beginning, Tanya Smithers, of the City’s Celebration Square team, suggests producers organize their COVID-19 prevention plan by using the Province’s template COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan – Province of Ontario here, for detailing your steps to reduce the likelihood of transmitting COVID-19. That includes the event details, capacity, and your plan to educate event workers and volunteers on safety practices. This also includes answering how you will screen and handle potential exposure, note how you’ll ensure the plan is working, and attend to any new risks your procedures might cause.

Entrances and exit plans are a must, as are the ways in which shared facilities will be managed and kept safe.

Managing the COVID prevention plan is clearly and added job for producers of live events for any location and for City properties, the COVID-19 plan needs to be submitted along with the overall event plan, 6 weeks before the event. Or sooner. To contact the City regarding spaces and related questions, call 905 615 4100.

Two good news notes; the plexiglass shields required for performances last year – are not required now, and the City announced plans to hold another information session – on the insurance ramifications of the COVID-19 prevention challenge.

Resources provided by Culture Division

Nik Nanos (Nanos Research) – Arts Response Tracking Study

Janet Sellery (Event Safety Alliance Canada) – Live Performance Health and Safety During COVID-19

Additional resources discussed during the session

Step Three of Roadmap to Reopen (Province of Ontario)

COVID-19 Step Three Review 

Doug Ford announced that Ontario will be moving into Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen on Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m.

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

Step 3 of Roadmap to Reopen – Important highlights relating to our community: 

Face coverings in indoor public settings and physical distancing requirements remain in place throughout Step Three.

Gathering Sizes


  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events are permitted with up to 100 people with limited exceptions


  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events are permitted with up to 25 people

Indoor meeting/event spaces:

  • Permitted with physical distancing and other restrictions and capacity limited to 50 percent capacity or 1,000 people, (whichever is less)

Attractions & Heritage Institutions 

  • Museums, galleries, historic sites, aquariums, zoos, landmarks, botanical gardens, science centres, casinos/bingo halls, amusement parks, fairs and rural exhibitions, festivals, with capacity limited to 50 percent indoors and 75 percent outdoors

Venues, Cinemas, and Theatres:

  • Concert venues, cinemas, and theatres permitted to operate with capacity limits
  • Drive-in and drive-through events permitted
  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, up to 25 percent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less)

Mississauga Culture

Click here for a Culture Programs & Services Status Update. 

As the City moves into Step Three of the province’s Roadmap to Reopening on July 16, the following adjustments will be in effect for City programs and services within Culture.

Programs and Services available in-person with limited capacities and health safety measures in place:

  • Tours are now open for The Lengths We Go: Reflections on Hair exhibition at Bradley Museum. By appointment only.
  • Visitors can continue to use the fountain at Mississauga Celebration Square, as well as enjoy food trucks and a variety of other offerings all summer long.
  • Summer Creative Camps continue to operate. To see what camps are being offered visit
  • SaugaBusks is accepting applications for those interested in participating in the busking program; the program will remain open until October 31.

Indoor and outdoor rentals are available for booking with capacity restrictions and health safety measures in place:

  • Livings Arts Centre
  • Mississauga Celebration Square (small events in amphitheatre only)
  • Museums of Mississauga: Bradley and Benares
  • Paramount Fine Foods Centre
  • Small Arms Inspection Building

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.


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.


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. 


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


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. 

Calls to Artist/Opportunities

Click here to see MAC’s own Calls to Artists.

Click here to see Calls to Artists and Opportunities within the Mississauga community on Martys Hub.

Subscribe to MACtivities, MAC’s weekly newsletter, to get the first look at upcoming artist calls!

Emergency Support

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