Artists continue to help us to reflect on life, and dream. They bring sunshine into our daily lives, and we are very grateful for that.” – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, April 15 Press Conference

On April 15, the Prime Minister announced expanded eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This includes:

  • Artists and creators who receive royalty payments from prior copyrighted works are eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, provided that they meet other requirements.
  • Allowing people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
  • Extension of the CERB to workers who recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19.

Please visit the following links for more information:

Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan:

Plan d’intervention économique du Canada pour répondre à la COVID-19 :


Canadian Heritage’s FAQs :

FAQ du Patrimoine canadien:


Canada Council for the Arts’ FAQs:

FAQ du Conseil des arts du Canada: