COVID-19 Benefits Survey

The COVID-19 Pandemic has profoundly impacted the arts sector, and CARFAC appreciates the Federal Government’s commitment to help artists through this challenging time. The Canada Recovery Benefit expired on October 23rd. Last week, we urged the Government of Canada to extend the CRB benefit, to ensure that Canadian artists will not be left behind. Unfortunately, the government…

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Modernizing Canada’s Employment Insurance program

A social safety net for self-employed artists and gig workers A modernized EI program that takes into account these unique labour circumstances is critical not only for the wellbeing of Canada’s artists, but for the sustainability and growth of the sector overall. It must be understood that not all artists may need this kind of…

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Open letter: Canadian artists urgently need a social safety net

October 19, 2021 The Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance The Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion The Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage Re: Canadian artists urgently need a social safety net Dear Ministers, As we are still experiencing a fourth wave of the…

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Visual Artists and the 2021 Federal Election

Election day is September 20th, and the next Canadian Government must commit to ensuring that Canada’s artists, and all Canadians who are impacted by precarious work, are able to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, and be positioned to flourish in the future.  Members of all parties use language such as “build back better”; now, we must…

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Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, 2022 Pre-Budget Consultations

Primarily self-employed, visual, media, and craft-based artists derive income through various revenue streams. It is extremely rare for a single source of revenue to provide enough income to live on. It is a common practice for artists to occupy several roles, including but not limited to: creation, sales, instruction, mentorship, consultancy, speaking, curation, writing, and…

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