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.
We expect this change to remain in place until we reach Phase IV of Yukon’s plan for lifting COVID-19 restrictions.
Cultural Industries Training Fund
We held an April 15 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 be 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
Tourism and Culture is providing 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 is a one-time change for the 2020–21 fiscal year.
The next intake deadline is October 15.
The first intake for this funding was April 15. Successful applicants to the April 2020 intake are not eligible to apply in October.
Advanced Artist Award
For the April 1, 2020 intake of the Advanced Artist Award, there was $150,000 available in funding. Normally, $75,000 is allocated for this intake.
This additional funding allowed more artists to use the downturn associated with COVID-19 to enhance their artistic professional development.
Information for recipients
We recognize the Yukon arts community faces many challenges due to the cancellation of events and programming changes related to COVID-19.
Here are some ways we're helping:
- If you have an active Transfer Payment Agreement for project funding, and you have started the project but then find you must cancel or delay it due to COVID-19, you can claim the eligible expenses you have incurred up to the amount of your agreement.
- Core funded organizations will not be required to have replacement programming for events or activities that are delayed, changed or cancelled due to the pandemic.
- Core funded organizations should include an explanation of how the pandemic impacted their programming and activities when reporting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set up a phone appointment with an arts advisor.
Call 867-667-8789 or toll free: 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8789 for the following funds:
- Advanced Artist Award;
- New Canadians Event Fund;
- Cultural Industries Training Fund; or
- Touring Artist Fund.
Call 867-667-3535 or toll free: 1-800-661-0408 ext. 3535 for these funds:
- Arts Fund;
- Arts Operating Funds; 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.