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COVID-19 – Financial Support

Last checked Nov. 15, 2022, by Michael Hua, Langara College Library & Information Technology practicum student

For Bursaries, Grants, and Subsidies: Read Here
For COVID-19 – Cultural Sector Resources: Read Here
For COVID-19 News for BC Magazine Publishers (etc.): Read Here

This list is as comprehensive as possible, however we have found that certain cities and businesses are offering more specific supports, so in addition to this list, we suggest you research your network to see if other supports are available. This section only lists funding related to the COVID-19 pandemic or supports that may help you recover from same.

If you know of a valuable resource or news item for our industry that is not listed below, or we’ve made a mistake, please email our executive director, Sylvia Skene, at and we will update this resource section as soon as we can.

Government of Canada Business Subsidies

Each subsidy is available on an ongoing basis. You must apply for each four-week period separately, and each period has it’s own deadline for application. There is no indication of when the last period will be. If you apply for one, you may be ineligible for the others.

Canada Emergency Rent Assistance Subsidy

Who is eligible? Businesses that have a CRA business number as of September 27, 2020, and had a payroll account as of March 15. 2020, or if you purchased business assets that meet the previous requirements. These also apply to non-profits and charities.

What is offered? If you have to close or stop operating as a result of public health order you can receive up to 25% off of eligible expenses per location. The base subsidy rate applies to a maximum of $75, 000 per location and an overall maximum of $300, 000 in expenses for you and any affiliated entities.

Hardest Hit Business Recovery Program

Who is eligible? Businesses who have a 12-month average revenue drop from March 2020 to February 2021 of at least 50%, and a claim period revenue drop of at least 50%.

What is offered? Subsidies for wages and hiring, as well as rent and property costs.

Canada Recovery Hiring Program

Who is eligible? Businesses and non-profits who have lost 10% revenue due to Covid-19.

What is offered? Financial support for hiring costs and wage increases.

Funding Resources for Magazines, Non-Profits, and Arts & Culture Organizations

BC Arts Council. COVID-19 Information & Support

Last accessed April 18, 2022.

Creative BC. Domestic Industry Initiatives

Who is eligible? Magazines that are non-profit organizations incorporated under British Columbia’s Society Act and in good standing with Creative BC, and governed by a board of directors where applicable. Please check the link above and the guidelines for full requirements and details. Read Guidelines Here

What is offered?
Funding for workshops, panels, economic research, and strategic planning between April 2021 and March 2022.

When it is available?
Applications are received and approved on an ongoing basis until funding is spent. Creative BC is requesting that organizations submit an expression of interest, followed by a full application once the EOI has been reviewed for eligibility.

Cultural Human Resources Council, Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage

Who is eligible? Young graduates and employers wishing to hire same.

What is offered?
A paid internship program administered by the Cultural Human Resources Council funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage as part of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.

When is it available?
The deadline has passed. The next intake details are not available yet.

Government of Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

This funding is no longer available. The site has been archived for future reference.

Vantage Point, COVID-19 Response Program – Organization Application

Vantage Point will assign expert volunteers and provide guidance to non-profit organizations and charities on various support programs available, as well as advise on governance, fundraising, and financial management, based on application. For the duration of COVID-19 Vantage Point’s organizational membership is free. There is no due date for the application. 

Funding for Your Contributors

The Margin of Eras Gallery, Funding Resources Page for Marginalized Artists & Communities

This is a 11-page document that is consistently being updated, which outlines various additional support opportunities for artists in marginalized communities. We are reviewing this list periodically and adding relevant items to our own list.


– Compiled by Shaleeta Harrison, LINK Magazine & Member-at-Large, MagsBC board, with assistance from Jessica Key, subTerrain & President, MagsBC board; Sylvia Skene, Executive Director, MagsBC; Leah Vecchione, and Kathryn Breakell, Langara College library technician practicum students; and content from the Women-EDs listserv, magazine publishers and others.

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