The provincial government is investing $6 million to create new Arts and Culture Sustainability Funds to support Manitoba’s art and culture sector through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new Arts and Culture Sustainability Funds will be administered by the Manitoba Arts Council and Manitoba Film and Music.
Arts and heritage organizations such as museums, galleries, festivals, cultural facilities, community arts, publishing, artists and musical groups will be eligible for financial support, even if they have qualified for previous provincial or federal programming.
Opportunities to work on more than 180 land-based projects are helping people begin their economic recovery from COVID-19.
British Columbia expanded its existing Forest Employment Program with an additional $12 million to support more workers and contractors in more communities.
Projects include improving recreation sites and trails, forest service roads, wildlife areas and wildfire safety.
The Forest Employment Program provides short-term work opportunities to contractors and workers in B.C.’s Interior affected by indefinite and permanent closures in the forest sector. The program expanded in 2020-21 to include contractors and workers impacted by COVID-19 and those in Coastal B.C., making it available throughout the province.
A new partnership will employ more than 1,400 tourism and hospitality workers in mass vaccination clinics, creating hundreds of jobs for British Columbia’s hard-hit tourism, hospitality and sport sectors.
Workers from these industries will provide their expertise and logistical support as non-clinical staff at immunization clinics to help move people through the clinics efficiently and safely. Many of these workers also bring additional language skills.