The arts and culture sectors are of great importance to Yukon and Yukoners and we're working on initiatives to support them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We'll post funding and program announcements to this page as information becomes available.
Arts funding programs
Touring Artist Fund
We have temporarily modified the eligibility criteria for the Touring Artist Fund. As of June 15, 2020, eligible projects include:
- touring within Yukon; and
- online (digital) "tours".
This change is meant to better support artists while travel and health restrictions are in place.
Cultural Industries Training Fund
In April 2020, we held an extra intake of the Cultural Industries Training Fund (CITF).
The CITF supports training for jobs that enable artists’ work to reach the public.
Due to COVID-19 guidelines established by Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health, training opportunities should have been done by distance or online. Preference was given to training that allowed people to adapt to the current situation and present digitally.
We increased the Arts Fund by $125,000.
There was a one-time special intake on April 20, 2020 for that amount.
The special intake criteria suspended the usual threshold and allowed applicants to apply for 100% of eligible project expenses. The regular June, September and December intakes for Arts Fund have not changed.
On Yukon Time – special funding
We provided $150,000 in special funding for arts-related initiatives in light of COVID-19 impacts.
We adapted our On Yukon Time program to support artists and organizations in this time of lost revenue and uncertainty. This was a one-time change for the 2020–21 fiscal year.
We accepted applications for this funding in April and October, 2020.
Advanced Artist Award
For both the April 1, 2020 and the October 1, 2020 intakes of the Advanced Artist Award, $150,000 was available in funding. Normally, $75,000 is allocated for each intake.
This additional funding allowed more artists to use the downturn associated with COVID-19 to enhance their artistic professional development.
Transfer Payment Agreements in 2020-21
The Yukon arts community has faced many challenges due to the cancellation of events and programming changes related to COVID-19.
Here are some ways we're helping:
Core funded organizations were not required to have replacement programming for events or activities that were delayed, changed or cancelled due to the pandemic.
Transfer Payment Agreements have remained flexible for project funding. Eligible expenses accrued before the cancellation of an event were honoured under the Agreement. We also continue to provide flexibility with changes and delays to projects.
Our office is practicing physical distancing and sometimes we're working from home. During this time, the best way to contact us is by email. We can help.
Email email@example.com and we can set up a phone appointment with an arts advisor.
Call 867-667-3535 or toll free: 1-800-661-0408 ext. 3535 for these funds:
- Arts Fund;
- Arts Operating Funds;
- Advanced Artist Award;
- New Canadians Event Fund;
- Cultural Industries Training Fund;
- Touring Artist Fund; or
- On Yukon Time.
Previously awarded grants and contributions for local events, festivals or other initiatives are maintained and take into account the possibility of cancellations due to COVID-19.
Canada Council for the Arts
Visit their webpage: Important information related to COVID-19.
Heritage and cultural programs
Scientists and Explorers Licence
Anyone entering the Yukon for research purposes must obtain a Scientists and Explorers Act Licence.
We will issue licences provided that applicants follow the direction of Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health in regards to self-isolation when entering Yukon.
We encourage applicants to include a self-isolation plan in their applications. Please note that an S&E licence is not a licence to enter Yukon free from self-isolation requirements.