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.
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.
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.
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
Worksafe BC has released a set of guidelines for Arts & Culture facilities – specifically Art Galleries, Museums & Libraries (no precise word yet on Theatres). Brief overview from Worksafe BC site: These protocols provide guidance to museums, art galleries,
Four Comox Valley cultural organizations issue a joint statement on the importance of Arts and Culture
Even when our doors close, #culturedoesntstop Times are difficult, but the world needs even more art, literature and culture to continue to hope, to understand each other, and to survive. This is what motivates us to do everything we can
Staying connected during the pandemic As we watch the entire world closing down, we can have no doubt that we are living through a time of extraordinary challenge. No one is more adversely affected by the necessary social distancing measures than
Preparing for the Potential Impact of Coronavirus – Arts Ready Alert
COVID-19 Resource Page – Professional Association of Canadian Theatres
COVID-19 Updates – Music Managers Forum
A Daily Report on How COVID-19 Is Impacting the Art World – Hyperallergic
Containment of COVID-19: Update on Required Measures – BC Arts Council
Arts BC https://artsbc.org/media/
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.
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.
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
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
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) – BC Centre for Disease Control
British Columbia Pandemic Provincial Coordination Plan – Province of British Columbia
Pandemic Preparedness – Province of British Columbia
Outbreak Updates – Government of Canada
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan – Government of Canada
COVID-19 (coronavirus) within Vancouver – City of Vancouver
Information on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Vancouver Coastal Health
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak – World Health Organization
Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 – World Health Organization
How EI benefits for COVID-19 quarantines will work under the new rules – National Post, March 13.
Risk-informed decision-making for mass gatherings during COVID-19 global outbreak – Government of Canada
COVID-19: Commercial Leasing Considerations – WeirFoulds LLP