COVID-19 Resources

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Ontario Easing Capacity Limits in Select Settings

Effective September 25, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., capacity limits will be increased in many of the indoor settings where proof of vaccination is required. Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres; sporting events; concerts, theatres and cinemas; racing venues (e.g., horse racing); and commercial and film television productions with studio audiences will be increased to up to 50 per cent capacity or 10,000 people (whichever is less) for indoor events.

For certain outdoor event venues where patrons stand, capacity limits will increase to up to 75 per cent capacity or 15,000 people (whichever is less). For certain outdoor event venues where patrons are seated, capacity limits will be increased to up to 75 per cent capacity or 30,000 people (whichever is less). This is in recognition of the fact that the risk of transmission is lower because of reduced mobility around the venue. In addition, proof of vaccination will now be required in outdoor settings where the normal maximum capacity is 20,000 people or more to help keep these venues safe for patrons.

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Ontario has released Regulations and Guidance for Implementing Proof of Vaccination

On September 14, the government released the regulations and guidance for businesses and organizations to support them in implementing proof of vaccination requirements, which take effect on September 22, 2021. Please note that Ontario Regulation 364/20: Rules For Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap Exit Step will be updated online shortly. Requiring proof of vaccination will help increase vaccination rates, protect individuals in higher-risk indoor settings, and keep businesses open.

This requirement focuses on higher-risk indoor (unless otherwise stated) public settings:

·       Indoor areas of restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments without dance facilities

·       Indoor and outdoor areas of food or drink establishments with dance facilities, including nightclubs and restaurants, clubs and other similar establishments

·       Indoor areas of meeting and event spaces

·       Indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including waterparks, and personal physical fitness training with limited exemptions

o   Includes gyms, fitness/sporting/recreational facilities, pools, leagues, sporting events, waterparks, and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events

·       Indoor areas of casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments

·       Indoor areas of concert venues, theatres, and cinemas

·       Indoor areas of bathhouses, sex clubs and strip clubs

·       Indoor areas of horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues

·       Indoor areas where commercial film and TV productions take place with studio audiences

In addition to the guidance, there is a questions and answers document to help clarify the requirements for businesses and organizations.

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Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings

As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).

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Ontario Makes COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Mandatory for High-Risk Settings

Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is pausing the province's exit from the Roadmap to Reopen, it is making COVID-19 vaccination policies mandatory in high-risk settings, and it is providing third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable populations.

While the province has reached the milestone of more than 81 per cent of Ontarians aged 12 and over having received a first dose, and is expected to reach its target of 75 per cent vaccinated with a second dose later this month, out of an abundance of caution, the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is pausing the exit from the Roadmap to Reopen.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts will continue to monitor the data to determine when it is safe to exit the Roadmap and lift the majority of public health and workplace safety measures currently in place.

We encourage you to review the Ontario News Release to understand the impacts on your business.



Ontario is currently in STEP THREE of its Roadmap to Reopen.  Full press release  and  Regulation

  • Step 3 Highlights
    • Concert venues, cinemas, and theatres permitted to operate at
      - up to 50 per cent capacity indoors or a maximum limit of 1,000 people for seated events (whichever is less)
      - up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum limit of 5,000 people for unseated events (whichever is less); and up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum of 15,000 people for events with fixed seating (whichever is less).
    • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities to open subject to a maximum 50 per cent capacity of the indoor space.
    • Businesses that provide in-person teaching and instruction may open if they comply with certain conditions
    • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions
    • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people

    Roadmap to Reopen News Release 


  • The COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Screening Patrons) has been updated to align with requirements for patron screening per Step 3, and wording has been clarified from previous version. The tool can be accessed online or downloaded (PDF) from the Ontario government website.
  • The COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Screening Workers) has been updated. The tool can be accessed online or downloaded (PDF) from the Ontario government website.
  • The COVID-19 Signage Questions for Businesses and Organizations (Signage Instructions) has been simplified. The instructions can be downloaded (PDF) from the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidance for the Health Sector website.

Find out about the latest public health measures, advice and restrictions in your area. Please visit for the full list of public health region classifications. Check which zone your region is in and find your public health unit. Regions are based on public health unit boundaries. 

Besides the provincial health measures listed at , there may also be additional local restrictions or requirements. Find these restrictions on your local municipality or public health unit’s website, which is linked from the map on this website.



New Support for Highly Affected Sectors

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy

Canada Recovery Benefit

Canada Emergency Response Benefit Retroactive Applications

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit

Budget 21 Supporting Tourism, Hospitality, Arts and Culture



Ethical Framework for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution here

Support for Businesses- Main Street Grants: PPE and Property Tax and Energy bill rebates

Framework for Reopening the Province

Rules for Areas in Stage 3

Develop your COVID 19 workplace safety plan

COVID-19: Precautions When Working In A Day Camp

Ontario Workplace Screening Tool

Resources to Prevent COVID-19 in the Workplace

COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open

Find your Public Health Unit

Improving Connectivity for Ontarians



Canada Council for the Arts COVID Response

Department of Canadian Heritage

Ontario Arts Council COVID Updates

OTF Resilient Communities Fund Deadline Extende to December 9th

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Toronto Arts Council

London Arts Council

Hamilton Arts Council Relief Fund

Kingston Arts Council

Mississauga Arts Council Micro Grants for a Pandemic




The Facebook National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Arts

Reopening Guidelines, Stage 3 - City of Toronto



Relief funding for small businesses - Ontario

Dance studios are eligible for funding through Ontario's Main Street Relief Grant, as the ‘gyms and yoga studios’ category is defined as ‘establishments primarily engaged in operating health clubs and similar facilities featuring exercise and other active physical fitness conditioning, or recreational sports activities.

Federal programs for small business

Dance Studies Association

Work in Culture

Returning to the Studio - Guidelines for Teachers, Studio Owners and Students

Provincial Guidance for facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities during COVID-19

Teaching Dance Live Online

Tips for Making Online Classes Work for You

Dance Teachers Guide to Zoom

Dance Studios Can Open - Now What? The Dance Current

Music Use and Online Classes

Rapid Tests Available for Small Businesses through the Ontario Chamber of Commerce details here

Minisrty of Health COVID-19 Safety Guidelines: Day Camps



Health and Safety Guidance During COVID-19 For Entertainment, Museum and Gallery Employers from the Public Services Health and Safety Association

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services Guidance on Health and Safety for Television Film and Live Performance Sector During COVID-19 

Return to Stage and Performing Arts Playbook from the American Guild of Musical Artists and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

Face Masks and Dancing

#Lights on Venue Reopening Guide

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide Six Month Update

The Live Performance Health and Safety during COVID-19 Guidelines approved by the Ontario Ministry of Training and Skills Development

Toronto Public Health (revised March 15, 2021) COVID-19 Guidance for Indoor & Outdoor Events & Gatherings



Mandatory vaccinations, rapid testing, screening, record retention and the law – Presentation Slides and Webinar (May 27, 2021, Gowlings WLG Law Firm)
COVID-19 vaccinations, the workplace and the law (June 15, 2021, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services)



Impact Statistics

I Lost my Gig Impact survey

OAC Survey Results Early COVID -19 Impacts on OAC Funded Organizations

Canada Council National Survey Results

Arts Response Tracking Survey ARTS

CAPACOA Employment in the arts and cultural industries

The National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts - Now More than Ever: Towards a National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts

National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS) Survey Results



The Resource Room - Live on Zoom / Online workshops supporting wellness & resilience in the dance community Hosted by DTRC

Mental Skills for Dance with Lauren Ritchie June 9 2- 3 pm Register

  • Behind the Scenes – Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative
    • Canadian Resources
    • #BeThe 1To – Suicide Prevention Resources
    • Stop Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation
    • Toolbox Talk outlines (and scripts for 90-120 second talks) to help you talk about Mental Health with your team
    • Anonymous Online Self-Assessment Tool


The AFC’s Financial Wellness Program

Front Row Insurance

Financial Tipsheet from Young and Associates


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