The Reactivation Program provides direct financial assistance to independent and self-employed workers in the live performance sector who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and who need financial support to maintain or regain work in the sector.
This funding provides a one-time relief payment of up to $2,500 for live performance workers, including independent, self-employed and gig workers with a focus on the theatrical and technical disciplines in Canada outside of the province of Quebec.
Through the Reactivation Program, The AFC will distribute up to $17 million in financial relief on an ongoing basis between July 2022 and March 2023.
You can apply for one-time assistance of up to $2,500 to help with items such as:
- Basic living expenses (rent or mortgage, utilities, food, medical needs, etc.)
- Expenses that will help you get back to work (equipment, transportation, certifications, etc.)
- Additional costs incurred during the pandemic that are causing financial instability (moving costs, debt payments, outstanding dues, etc.)
This program is funded by the Government of Canada.
How To Apply:
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What you’ll need:
- About 15 minutes of your time
- Internet access and the ability to upload documents
- A photo of a recent government photo ID
- Documentation of your income from the live performance sector (contracts, pay stubs, etc.)
- OR Documentation of your professional history (resume, bio, etc.)
What if I don’t have these items?
That’s okay! Please call 1-888-337-7834 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you figure out if you can apply using other information.
What happens once I apply?
The Application Process – What to expect
Step 1: Application
The application contains 4 sections: Basic Information, Professional Eligibility and Work History, Financial Situation, and Request/Declaration. It should take about 15 minutes to complete. After you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation from email@example.com.
Step 2: Review
The Client Services Representative team will check your application and let you know if we have any follow-up questions or require any additional documentation to complete your application. A team of Application Reviewers with extensive professional experience in the live performance sector will review your application and make a decision.
Step 3: Decision & Payment
You will receive an email with information about the Review Committee’s decision. Our intention is to advise you of the results of the assessment and, if approved, have a cheque in the mail to you within 45 days.
I have more questions / Can someone help me with this form?
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UPDATE: PROGRAM STREAMLINING
- Professional eligibility is clearer and easier to document.
- The Reactivation Program serves independent/gig workers with a history of professional credits in the live performance sector and who have been active in the industry at any point after 2017. There is no minimum or maximum income requirement to apply.
- People can document their eligibility in two ways:
- Professional documentation: Creators, performers, and people working in less traditional employment environments may find it easier to submit documents such as a bio, CV/resume, list of credits, links to professional websites, flyers, event postings, or other material showing their work in the live performance sector. Documentation of income is welcome, if you have it, but not necessary.
- Income documentation: If you can document earnings of $25k or more in any year since 2017, or if you can document earnings of $5k or more in any three years since 2017 (they don’t have to be in a row), you can submit income documents. Technicians and others with more traditional employment environments may find it easier to submit documents such as pay stubs, work history, contracts, or letters from employers. If you do not meet these income earnings, you can still apply and provide professional documentation.
- Financial eligibility no longer requires a bank statement or any financial documents. Simply pick the statement or statements that best match your financial situation:
- I am not earning enough to meet my basic needs (rent/mortgage, utilities, medical/dental care, travel, food, etc.)
- I cannot afford expenses associated with returning to live performance sector work (certifications, equipment, travel/transit costs, childcare, etc.)
- I drew down savings and/or built up debt over the pandemic, which is causing financial instability
- Optional questions are clearly marked.
- Not every question is relevant to every person, so we’ve made it much easier to see which questions you can skip.
The application will take you through four pages of questions:
- Basic information
- Information about yourself, contact details, demographic information (optional) and SIN (to process the payments)
- A copy of your ID
- Professional eligibility
- Your primary profession and any other jobs you do in the industry
- Confirmation that you are primarily an independent/gig worker
- Whether you’ve been able to return to work yet (optional)
- List of affiliations and organizations (optional)
- Documentation of professional eligibility through professional documents or income documents (see above)
- No longer asks for information about your most recent jobs
- Financial Situation
- Choose the statement/s that best reflect your financial situation, as above
- No longer requires bank statements
- No longer asks for additional information about your financial situation
- Request and Declaration
- Amount requested
- How the assistance will be helpful:
- choose from basic living expenses, costs related to returning to work, addressing costs incurred over the pandemic, or other. The program doesn’t ask for any follow-up information or reports.
- Anything else you’d like us to know (optional)
- Where you heard about the program (optional)
- Agreement (check some boxes and sign!)