Updated July 9th, 2020

In place of our live 2020 conference, we’re offering a series of free online learning events under the banner Re-launch. We’ll feature a number of our original conference presenters, along with new special events specifically designed to help your orchestra adapt to the new normal and to prepare for a successful and resilient relaunch.  We’ve re-directed conference travel bursaries (supported by the Canada Council for the Arts) to make this programming possible. Learn what we have planned here.

Orchestras Canada staff are currently working from home, but remain available to you via phone and email. Contact us here.



July 9th Newsflash

  • Phase 2 of Canadian Heritage’s Emergency Support
  • Town Hall: Federal Budget Priorities

June 25th Newsflash

  • Audience Research from Business/Arts, Environics, I Lost My Gig, Habo.

June 17th Newsflash

  • CERB Extension
  • Two Re-launch events

June 10th Newsflash

June 3rd Newsflash

  • Online Fundraising Events
  • CEWS Consultation
  • Québec Cultural Relaunch plan

May 25th Newsflash

May 20th Newsflash

  • CEWS extension
  • Update from Canada Council
  • Conseil québécois de la musique re-opening recommendations

May 15th Newsflash

  • Reopening and CEWS resources
  • Global Orchestra Meetup

May 11th Newsflash

May 8th Newsflash

  • Reopening plans and resources
  • Québec audience research

May 4th Newsflash

April 28th Newsflash

April 22nd Newsflash

April 20th Newsflash

April 15th Newsflash

April 9th Newsflash

  • Fundraising and Marketing in a Time of Crisis
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

April 7th Newsflash

  • Canada Council for the Arts survey
  • Summary of federal relief programs
  • Resources: professional development & video projects

April 3rd Newsflash

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

April 1st Newsflash

  • Canada Council for the Arts advance funding
  • Leadership Emergency Arts Network

March 27th Newsflash

  • Increased 75 % wage subsidy for qualifying businesses
  • HR Impact Survey Results

March 25th Newsflash

  • Orchestras Canada’s letter to ministers
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit
  • Spektrix’s Ticket Converter Tool,

March 23rd Newsflash

  • Wage subsidy, T3010 extensions, and other federal measures.
  • Resources for freelancers and newly online music teachers.

March 19th Newsflash

  • Messages from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the federal government.
  • Resources on remote working and community building during the shutdown.
  • Impact surveys
  • OC’s national conference cancelled.

March 17th Newsflash

  • Statements of continuing operating funding from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and the Ontario Arts Council.
  • Events of more than 250 people cancelled in AB, SK, MB, QC. 150 in NB and NS. 50 in BC & ON.
  • Call for impact data from youth orchestras.

March 16th Newsflash

  • Digital marketing recommendations (Capacity Interactive).
  • Pandemic planning resources (Alberta Council of Disability Services).
  • Events of more than 250 people cancelled in BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC. 150 in NB and NS.
  • Statements of continuing operating funding from the Minister of Canadian Heritage, The Manitoba Arts Council and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

March 13th Newsflash

  • Public Health Agency of Canada risk assessment tool
  • Useful resources for freelancers
  • Events of more than 250 cancelled in BC, AB, ON and QC. 150 in NB.
  • Canada Council for the Arts statement of continuing operating funding.