Today, the Government of Canada announced new measures to assist the museum sector as well as the first component of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations.
COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations: Implementation of Phase 2
- First component of Phase 2 launched
- Provides $53 million in support to organizations with heritage collections through the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program
- Eligible not-for-profit organizations such as museums, archives, historic sites, Indigenous organizations, official-language minority communities, or municipal and university museums with separate budgets, can now apply
- Organizations can apply here: https://pch-covid19.canada.ca/en-CA/
- More information about the next component of Phase 2 will be announced shortly
$25.7 million in new funding for national museums and the National Battlefields Commission
- Canada’s six national museums — the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Science and Technology Museum, and the National Battlefields Commission —are important cultural and historical institutions.
- The Government of Canada is investing $25.7 million to help these organizations maintain essential services and be ready to reopen their doors to the public once precautionary measures are lifted.
- Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the six national museums and the National Battlefields Commission closed their doors on March 14, 2020, to protect the health and safety of their staff, visitors, and all Canadians.
- This major investment will support these national institutions, which are essential to the preservation and presentation of our artistic, cultural and historical treasures. It will also protect jobs on which many Canadians depend.