Below you will find an extensive list of available resources, INCLUDING what is currently available or coming online soon for creative workers. We will do our best to keep this as up-to-date as possible.

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ARTS & CULTURE RESOURCES

News & announcements

Arts & Culture in the Comox Valley

Central Island Arts Guide: Tour the artist studios (more coming online soon!) https://www.centralislandartsguide.ca

Sid Williams Theatre https://www.sidwilliamstheatre.com/

Courtenay & District Museum & Paleontology Centre has put together some virtual experiences http://www.courtenaymuseum.ca/newsletter/mailing152/news_152web.html

Go on a virtual tour of the Comox Valley Art Gallery https://www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com/

DATA COLLECTION to assess the impact.

This will help inform government and foundation funders going forward so they can (hopefully) address the needs of our sector in the most meaningful way.

Creative BC Survey Impact Survey.
CreativeBC are collecting data in order to better understand the impact COVID-19 is having on creative industry business activity, events and projects across the province. If you’ve been impacted, please share that information with them via this secure form. You can resubmit as things change for you/your organization.
 https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ocCmOjV5YE6OhhcbM2JetcFvuv9bgvBKvkm8lJolk95UNkxHQ0RSN0NPRVdFTVNKWFRNTkVJT0U1Ui4u

GVPTA COVID-19 Impact Survey and Resources – Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance
BC arts and culture organizations and individual artists should complete this survey in order to give a fuller picture of how this pandemic is affecting our sector.

COVID-19: Measuring Impacts on the Music Industry – CIMA
Musicians and members of the Canadian music industry should complete this survey in order to give a fuller picture of how this pandemic is affecting our sector.

ilostmygig.ca
Starting March 20, artists can share their stories of cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19.

SPECIAL: How COVID-19 is Impacting Intentions to Visit Cultural Entities (DATA) – Colleen Dilenschneider

Most current news

Survey – How are you engaging with Art now?

A fair amount is already known about the financial impact of COVID19 on artists. Now a group of Vancouver Island artists and arts councils want to understand the impact on art lovers. They’ve just launched a Canada-wide survey that asks how COVID19

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Comprehensive Livestreaming Tools List

Cherie Hu, a music and tech journalist, has put together this extremely comprehensive document jam-packed with resources for all your livestreaming, collaborative needs. There are SO MANY, and as this document continues to evolve, there will be more and better.

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PROVINCE-WIDE PROTOCOLS

TO FOCUS EFFORTS ON CONTAINMENT OF COVID-19 IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, PROVINCIAL HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE IMPLEMENTED THE FOLLOWING MEASURES:

EVENT CANCELLATIONS: Event organizers are required to cancel any gathering in British Columbia with more than 50 people (view joint statement here). If your project or event has been affected by COVID-19, please complete our Impacts survey.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS: Canadians are asked to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. Stay informed here.

RETURN FROM TRAVEL PROTOCOL: For travelers who leave Canada, they are requested to self-isolate for 14 days upon return based on consultation with the policies of their employer during the COVID-19 outbreak.

14-day self-isolation does NOT apply to service workers for whom travel outside the country is essential including film industry staff.

WORKPLACE RECOMMENDATIONS: 
Workplaces should consider social distancing measures, please view the Ministry of Health webpage for information and latest updates as well as the BC Centre for Disease Control resources for Employers and Businesses.

GENERAL RESOURCES

Local Government News

The City of Courtenay has closed all Cultural Facilities:  https://www.courtenay.ca/EN/meta/news/news-archives/2020-archives/city-of-courtenay-closing-recreation-facilities-until-further-notice.html

Comox Valley Regional District https://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/node/7461?fbclid=IwAR3Q22uW3Nb54pg_nPG45ScTEfhwuat6hKvrKdmOsJz5Sjvt6_MKL4N2tfg

Village of Cumberland https://cumberland.ca/covid-19-response-update-march-19-2020/

Town of Comox https://comox.ca/modx/index.php

Emergency Fund Sources 

Canadian Government
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/apply-emergency-benefits-1.5501977  

The Federal Government of Canada and Province of BC have a number of resources available for residents. Please take a few minutes to learn more.
Government of Canada Financial Resources: https://www.canada.ca/…/departm…/economic-response-plan.html

Province of BC COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/…/emerge…/covid-19-provincial-support  

BC Chamber of Commerce has created a resource for business affected by COVID-19. Please check it out. http://www.bcchamber.org/financial-resources-bc-businesses