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I Lost My Gig Canada

Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadian Artists and Independent Cultural Workers

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June 1, 20201 June 2020

Cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19 are having unprecedented impacts on the arts, cultural heritage, tourism, and creative industries in Canada – affecting the livelihoods and careers of vulnerable workers as well as closing large to small venues and institutions in rural and urban communities alike.

ArtsPond / Étang d’Arts and I Lost My Gig Canada, in collaboration with national community partners, invite Canadian arts, culture, heritage, tourism, and creative industries workers to share their impact stories by completing the inaugural COVID-19 Impact Survey for Arts, Culture, Hertiage, Tourism & Creative Industries Workers (Survey in English | Enquête en français).

Open to individual workers from all related backgrounds and disciplines in Canada until December 31, 2020, this survey is the first in a series of multiple short and comprehensive surveys mapping the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable individuals and organizations in arts, culture, heritage and tourism throughout 2020. Survey results will be published and updated on an ongoing basis at

With a national scope, the survey strives to fill an urgent need to gather broad and accurate data on the losses sustained by individual workers in arts, culture, heritage and tourism. By capturing a diverse array of stories that tell how a variety of workers in the sector are impacted, the survey will give voice to the compelling stories of individual workers and will inform efforts to help them.

The report available for download below summarizes the impacts of COVID-19 on Canadian artists and independent cultural workers as of May 27, 2020.

I Lost My Gig Canada: Summary of survey results as of May 27, 2020

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