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Welcome to

our resource centre

It is our pleasure to share with you resources
that you may find helpful.
become a member

Welcome to

our resource centre

It is our pleasure to share with you resources
that you may find helpful.
become a member
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FEO Annual Conference

Festivals and Events Ontario annual conference is held in late Winter in any one of Ontario’s communities across the province and boasts vibrant presentations, collaborative industry education, in-depth workshops and an outstanding opportunity to learn from and network with top industry professionals. The conference attracts 250 + festival and event planners from across the province of Ontario with a major tradeshow, an industry recognition Award Program and numerous entertainment auditions.
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Members Helping Members was born with the idea that if we work together we can help make the festival and event industry stronger for everyone.
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Industry Specific

Our industry has so many valuable resources – namely the people who make up the industry with years of experience behind them – and if we all work together, a great deal can be learned!
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Target Audience

If you have a question you would like answered, a job posting to advertise, or any other special announcement, this is the avenue to get it out to a target audience.
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Stay Connected

You can catch all the buzz on Festivals and Events Ontario LinkedIn Groups! Ask your questions anytime and get your answers sooner! LinkedIn Groups is a great forum for professionals in the same industry or professionals with similar interest to share content, find answers, post and view jobs, make business contacts, and establish themselves as industry experts!
The Municipalities Helping Municipalities resource library offers industry professionals working in a municipal government environment the ability discuss and share best practices, templates, and planning files and to support one another while planning and supporting festivals and events for their respective communities.

Membership with FEO is not required for municipalities seeking to access industry specific information. Connect with us, we will be more than happy to assist you.

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Years of
Service

Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) has been representing the festivals and events industry in Ontario for over 30 years.

The Vault

FEO’s Online Resource Library enables FEO members to access templates, samples, presentations and other tip-rich documents tailored to a variety of topics of interest. Members can access The Vault Online Resource Library by logging into their account. 

Still in search of answers or wish to share?

Send your questions or information to Jay Nijhuis, Marketing and Communications Manager.

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Personal & Professional

FEO is committed to assisting our members with every opportunity to succeed and to provide opportunities for them to build on their festival and event experience.

MasterClass Series are offered to FEO members. From customer service training and development, to safety and leadership training, stay tuned for any future announcements.
Professional development continues to be an important function of FEO.With networking and learning opportunities available, members can choose the education path that is right for them.
BECOME A MEMBER and access more information and benefits the Festivals & Events Ontario has to offer.
This initiative is part of FEO’s continuous commitment to facilitate the development of an exemplary festival and event industry in Ontario.
These sessions translate complex personality theory into everyday language. It creates a framework for understanding yourself and others.

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COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTRE
As new information is continually being released about COVID-19, the FEO Team is working hard to gather and summarize the information to share with our members:

Provincial Government Announcements

  • (Oct 9, 2020) Huge announcements from Provincial and Federal Governments regarding COVID-19 Click here
     
  • (Oct 6, 2020) Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health and Testing Measures to Keep People Safe.  Click here to see the new regulations that went into effect Oct 3. You can also click here to read the news release and learn how these amendments will impact your business operations and facilities. Finally, click here for guidance regarding meetings and event facilities.
     
  • (July 14) Click here to read about Ontario entering Stage 3 of the Provincial Reopening Plan
     
  • (July 7) Click here to read about the Reopening Ontario Act 2020 
     
  • (June 16) Click here for information on the new general workplace guide.
     
  • (June 9) Click Here for the Phase 2 Announcement
     
  • (May 21) Click Here for the Latest News from the Province
     
  • ( May 20) Click here for the latest COVID-19 news from the Province of Ontario
     
  • (May 15) Click here for the latest news from the Province of Ontario
     
  • (May 14) The Premier indicated that there will be an announcement today about more businesses being allowed to re-open.  The Ministry of Health has also released a Guidance Document for Essential Workplaces.
  • (May 1)Today, the Ontario government announced the release of safety guidelines that will provide direction to those working in manufacturing, food manufacturing and processing, restaurant and foodservice, and the agricultural sector. In addition to these guidelines, the government is also issuing posters to promote safety tips. The guidelines and posters are available here. These new sector-specific guidelines feature recommended actions employers can begin to plan for as they prepare to adapt to the new reality during COVID-19. The government will work with Ontario's health and safety associations to bring forward additional workplace safety guidelines for more sectors in the coming days and weeks.
     
  • (May 1)In addition, the Provincial Government announced that 58 new inspectors started this week and will join the existing provincial labor inspectors who will be communicating COVID-19 safety guidelines to essential workplaces and enforcing emergency measures.
  • (Apr 29) The Premier announced A Framework for Reopening our Province, which outlines the criteria that will be used on the loosening of emergency measures, as well as guiding principles for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services, and public spaces. This framework includes three stages (outlined below) and the government has stated that public health officials will carefully monitor each stage for two to four weeks. At this point, there is no firm date for when the first stage of this framework will begin. A high-level overview of the stages as outlined by the government is below:

  • Stage 1: For businesses that were ordered to close or restrict operations, opening select workplaces that can immediately modify operations to meet public health guidance. Opening some outdoor spaces like parks and allowing for a greater number of individuals to attend some events. Hospitals would also begin to offer some non-urgent and scheduled surgeries, and other health care services.

  • Stage 2: Opening more workplaces, based on risk assessments, which may include some service industries and additional office and retail workplaces. Some larger public gatherings would be allowed, and more outdoor spaces would open.

  • Stage 3: Opening of all workplaces responsibly and further relaxing of restrictions on public gatherings. More information to follow this week.
     

Federal Government Announcements

  • (Dec 1) Click here for the Federal Finance Ministers Fal Economic Statement that contains excellent news for the arts and festival sectors
     
  • (June 16) Click Here for news on CERB extension and new opening date for Canada/US border?
     
  • (May 21) Click here for the latest Federal news
     
  • (May 20) Click here for the latest COVID-19 news from the Federal Government
     
  • (May 15) The Prime Minister announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will be extended for an additional three months, until the end of Aug 2020. It was also announced adjustments are being made to the CEWS program in order to provide assistance to more businesses. The Hon. Bill Morneau, Finance Minister, will provide details about these program adjustments later today. We will provide more information about this announcement in our update on Tues.
  • (May 15) The application portal for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program has not yet opened. Please visit the Canada Housing & Mortgage Corporation site for more information.  
  • (May 14) Click here for the latest updates from the Federal Government
     
  • (May 11) Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage, and Sport Organization courtesy of Canadian Heritage click here for details. 
     
  • (May 1) REMINDER: the application portal for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) is now open. Employers can apply for the CEWS through My Business Account or through the CRA’s online application portal, and their representatives can apply through Represent a Client. All CEWS applications that are approved through the CRA’s automated verification process will be sent for payment on May 5, which means that employers who have signed up for direct deposit should begin to see funds as of May 7. The CRA has again partnered with financial institutions to enroll Canadian employers for direct deposit, and employers can now register business payroll accounts for direct deposit with the CRA through their bank portals. Signing up for direct deposit will enable employers whose applications are approved to receive their CEWS payments quickly and securely. Employers can sign up for direct deposit with their financial institutions even after applying for the CEWS. The Canadian Business Resilience Network has developed the Step by Step Guide: Apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to help businesses who are applying for the CEWS.
     
  • (May 1) The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) will be administering the Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) and they have launched a website. Through this website, you can sign up to receive details from the CMHC when they are available. The application portal is not yet open. We will continue to share updates as they become available.
     
  • (May 1) Visit the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for more information on support available to help Canadians and businesses.
  • (Apr 29) The Prime Minister and the First Ministers made a statement about restarting the Canadian economy. The Government of Canada will continue to collaborate with the Provincial and Territorial governments and continue using public health as a foundation to guide as they work to restore economic activity and address future outbreaks. The full statement from the First Ministers can be found here.

  • (Apr 29) REMINDER: the application portal for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) is now open. Employers can apply for the CEWS through My Business Account or through the CRA’s online application portal, and their representatives can apply through Represent a Client. All CEWS applications that are approved through the CRA’s automated verification process will be sent for payment on May 5, which means that employers who have signed up for direct deposit should begin to see funds as of May 7. The CRA has again partnered with financial institutions to enroll Canadian employers for direct deposit, and employers can now register business payroll accounts for direct deposit with the CRA through their bank portals. Signing up for direct deposit will enable employers whose applications are approved to receive their CEWS payments quickly and securely. Employers can sign up for direct deposit with their financial institutions even after applying for the CEWS.

  • (Apr 29) Visit the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for more information on support available to help Canadians and businesses.

  • (Mar 23) Work-Sharing Program (Federal) – temporary measures for the downturn in business due to COVID-19

  • (Mar 23) The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim. Those who are eligible can apply online.

  • (Mar 23) The Emergency Support Benefit has been introduced to support workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment. We will share details on how to apply once they are available.

  • (Mar 23) The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) will allow the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC) to provide more than $10 billion of additional support, largely targeted to small and medium-sized businesses.

  • (Mar 23) A Temporary Wage Subsidy will be introduced to support businesses that are facing revenue losses and to help prevent lay-offs. The subsidy would be equal to 10% of the remuneration paid during a period of time of up to three months, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer.

  • (Mar 23) The Bank of Canada also took a series of actions to support the Canadian economy during this period of economic stress, enhance the resilience of the Canadian financial system, and help ensure that financial institutions can continue to extend credit to both households and businesses. This included cutting the interest rate to 0.75% as a proactive measure.

  • (Mar 23) The CRA will allow businesses to defer the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and September 2020 until August 31, 2020

  • Government announces expansion of Canada Emergency Business Act (CEBA) click here

  • (Apr 23) The Prime Minister announced an update to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS):

  • (Apr 23) A calculator has been launched to help businesses determine the amount they may receive with the CEWS. Through this website, businesses can learn more about the eligible employers and eligible employees for the wage subsidy.

  • (Apr 23) Beginning on Monday, April 27th applications will be open for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. More information on the application process can be found on the CEWS website.

  • (Apr 23) Visit the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for more information on support available to help Canadians and businesses.

  • (Apr 23) A reminder to those businesses who will be applying to Federal government relief programs, that it is encouraged that business owners register on the CRA My Business Account if they haven’t already registered. Having this account will enable direct deposit of funds and speed up the process of receiving relief when it is available.

NOT FOR PROFIT COVID-19 FUNDING UPDATE:

COVID - 19 RESOURCE LINKS

  • (July 8) The COVID-19 Return to Festivals and Events Guidelines Click Here
  • (June 5) The WHO Recognizes Importance of Mass Gatherings and Announces New Precautions for Reopening Click Here
  • (May 20) A special message from our friends at BDO click here
  • (May 11) The Event Safety Alliance - COVID-19 Reopening Guide. Click here to read it

Business Pandemic Preparedness Checklist (WSPS)

  • (May 1)Workplace Safety and Prevention services have put together a helpful business pandemic preparedness checklist you can access here.
  • (Apr 28) Save money on auto and home insurance with FEO Supplier Insuranceland click here

Art Funding and Grants for COVID-19

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GRANTS & FUNDING

NATIONAL FUNDING PROGRAMS

Canadian Heritage – Culture, History, and Sport

Learn about Canada’s culture, identity, history, and sports, as well as funding opportunities available to Canadian artists, athletes and organizations. Discover national landmarks and attractions and show your pride in Canada by taking part in the many cultural events, celebrations, and commemorations. Apply to one of a myriad of funding programs that support culture, history, heritage, sport, and official languages in Canada. Learn more.

Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities while helping both students and their communities. Click here to learn more.

PROVINCIAL FUNDING PROGRAMS

Grants Ontario

Grants Ontario provides you with one-window access to information about grants that are available to you, how to apply for grants and how to check the status of your application. There are a number of grants available to the festival and event sector such as Celebrate Ontario Program, Culture Development Fund, Enabling Change Program, Tourism Industry Partners Program and many more. To learn about the funding options available within the Government of Ontario Grant Portal, visit the Ontario Government www.mtc.gov.on.ca

Celebrate Ontario

Celebrate Ontario grants help create jobs and grow local economies across the province, supporting new and improved experiences that attract tourists and boost visitor spending. Click the link to find out more about the Celebrate Ontario program.

Culture Development Fund

The Culture Development Fund seeks to strengthen cultural organizations and their leadership, helping them to increase their knowledge and skills. This will help organizations become better at what they do and more successful in achieving their mandates. Increased performance through new and innovative projects will build the capacity of the sector, leading to a stronger and more stable culture sector. Click here to learn more

Enabling Change Program

The program provides financial support and expertise to incorporate non-profit organizations, such as industry umbrella organizations and professional associations that have a wide reach to help organizations comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act  (AODA). Click here to learn more.

Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program

This program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations that focus on newcomers and ethnocultural groups for projects that promote diversity and inclusion. This is to make it easier for newcomers and ethnocultural communities to fully participate in all facets of life in Ontario. Click here to learn more.

Tourism Industry Partners Program

If you have a marketing campaign for which financial assistance for tourism marketing activities is required you may be interested in the Tourism Industry Partners Program(TIPP). The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation assists stakeholders with marketing assistance to promote Ontario destinations and/or experiences outside Ontario, across Canada and internationally. The program encourages increased visitation and expenditures from overnight and out-of-province visitors. Click here to learn more.

The Ontario Music Fund

The Ontario Music Fund (OMF), administered by the Ontario Music Office (OMO),  is aimed at strengthening and stimulating growth in Ontario’s music companies and supporting this growing sector. The Fund is designed to drive activity and investment and to support Ontario’s music companies and organizations in expanding their economic and cultural footprints within Canada and around the world. Click here to learn more.

Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council currently offers more than 65 grant programs to individual artists, collectives, ad hoc groups and organizations in twelve sectors. Click here to learn more.

Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and Canada’s largest granting foundation. Over $110 million is awarded annually to some 1,000 nonprofit and charitable organizations across the province. Their core business is making grants in community-based initiatives that help build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario. Apply to any one of the different granting programs to meet different needs. Learn more.

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FEO JOB BOARD

Festivals & Events Ontario often receives notices of job postings from member organizations. Visit our website often to view exciting opportunities currently available within the festivals and events industry.

Have a job opportunity you would like to see posted on here, or maybe there is a volunteer position you are trying to fill? Send an email with the job description to Jay Nijhuis

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