Please send us an email at with the subject line "Application" and include the following:

  • Website
  • Instagram handle
  • Any specific information you'd like us to post on instagram (promo sales, artwork commissions, etc)
  • 3 quality images of your work (the first image will be used as your link on the website, all three will be used in a carousel post on Instagram)

Please note that only people who meet the following eligibility criteria will be eligible to receive funding.


This creative relief fund exists for artists and creatives in the Canadian arts and culture sector, specifically, those who are self-employed and are NOT eligible for Employee Insurance (EI). The objective of this fund is to assist as many self-employed artists and creatives as possible. 

If you are eligible for Employment Insurance Benefits through any other employer, or have alternative options to access bridge funding, please do not apply for the relief fund. Applicants must declare that all the information provided in the application is factual. If you apply, you may be called upon to offer further verification.

All applicants must:

  • Be a self-employed professional artist/arts professional. This is defined as someone who has developed skills through training or practice, is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, has a history of public presentation or publication, seeks payment for their work and actively practises their art. Short breaks in artistic work history are acceptable.
  • Have a permanent physical address within Canada and be able to provide proof of residency, e.g.. government issued form of identification, or other proof of residence (see criteria below).
  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, or approved refugee claimant, or have an application pending for permanent resident status and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this. 
  • Provide documentation of lost revenue, such as contracts, offer letters and notices of cancellations. Materials should include the agreed upon or expected payment or fee. Documentation may be formal contracts or less formal communication such as emails, texts, or messages, providing the details of the performance agreement are explicitly stated.
  • Consideration will be given to those not covered by these criteria on a case by case basis, provided the applicant is legally working in Canada in a full-time, self-employed, arts based position.  

If you are eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, then you are NOT eligible for the Creative Relief Fund. If you are uncertain if you qualify for EI, please contact Service Canada (

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