COVID-19 Resources

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a variety of resources and links will be shared here.

Reopening Recommendations

  • ANSM’s Guide for Museums in Nova Scotia: Core Public Health Measures (see below)

  • The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH) has released the Arts and Culture Sector Guide to Workplace Prevention Planning (see below).

  • Click here to view the Communities, Culture and Heritage COVID-19 Prevention Guide for Event Organizers, Theatres and Performance Venues.

  • To learn more about the Government of Nova Scotia’s response to COVID-19, click here.

  • The Government of Nova Scotia has released a website outlining how to prepare Nova Scotia for reopening. Click here.

  • Starting at 12:01 a.m. on July 31st, non-medical masks are mandatory in most indoor public places. The Government of Nova Scotia has released a FAQ sheet, Face Mask Required Sign, and How to Wear Mask Poster (see below) 

  • For a limited time, government is making reusable cloth masks available in packages of 50 for small businesses. Small businesses can contact the Department of Business at for more information.

  • On June 9, 2020, Senior Conservation Scientist Tom Strang gave a presentation entitled “Caring for Heritage Collections During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Focus on Reopening.” The recording is available here.

  • The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) has released Caring for Heritage Collections During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Version 2).

  • The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) has compiled a number of re-opening resources.

  • The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) has released a list of Ticket Service Providers for museums to review that may be considering online ticketing platforms during reopening (see below).

  • The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has compiled a list of sample reopening plans. Click here.

ANSM's Guide for Museums in Nova Scotia Core Public Health MeasuresDownload  

AMA's Ticketing Service Providers DocumentDownload  

CCH's COVID-19 Stakeholder Guidance DocumentDownload  

Government of Nova Scotia's FAQ SheetDownload  

Face Mask Required SignDownload  

How to Wear A Mask PosterDownload  


  • Minister Guilbeault has confirmed the implementation of the first component of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations, launched in May 2020. This $500-million fund is being used to maintain jobs and support the business continuity of organizations impacted by the crisis.To expedite the funding distribution, the government is implementing the Fund in two phases. Phase 1, which is currently underway, included the timely provision of funding to existing recipients of Canadian Heritage assistance. The government has launched the first component of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Heritage Organizations. This component provides $53 million in support to organizations with heritage collections through the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program. Eligible not-for-profit organizations such as museums, archives, historic sites, Indigenous organizations, official-language minority communities, or municipal and university museums with separate budgets, will now be able to apply for funding. The program has been updated to accept applications from small museums with budgets between $2,000 and $10,000. Heritage organizations eligible for the Museums Assistance Program can now apply online through this new portal. Please see the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations Portal User Guide for additional support (English and French versions available - see below). The deadline is now September 11, 2020. Click here to learn more.

  • The Government of Canada has created the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The CERB is a taxable benefit that will provide $500/week for up to 16 weeks. Specific days for you to apply have been set, click here for more information. It is available to contract workers and self-employed individuals who are not eligible for Employment Insurance. In order to be eligible for the CERB, you must reside in Canada and be 15 years of age or older, have stopped working for reasons related to covid-19, have earned a minimum of $5,000 within the last 12 months or in the 2019 calendar year. If you are not eligible for EI, you must apply through the Canada Revenue Agency (click here). Applications for the CERB will begin the week of Monday, 6 April 2020. There are two ways to apply: Online with CRA My Account (your personal CRA account) or over the phone with an automated phone service. CRA recommends that you register for My Account and direct deposit in advance of the application launch.  Registration information here. Once you apply for the CERB, you can expect payment in 3 business days if you’ve signed up for direct deposit, and approximately 10 business days if you haven’t. More information about CERB and the application process is available here.

  • Small Business Impact Grant: Through this new $20-million program, eligible small businesses, non-profits, charities and social enterprises who have had to close or reduce operations because of the public health order may be eligible for a flexible grant. This one-time grant is equal to 15 per cent of revenue from sales, either from April 2019 or February 2020, up to a maximum of $5,000. You can use it for any purpose. Applications for the Small Business Impact Grant are now closed. Click here to learn more. 

  • Worker Emergency Bridge Fund: This fund supports people who are self-employed or laid-off who don’t qualify for Employment Insurance. Applications opened April 10, 2020. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply 

  • CRA released infographics on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). Click here to learn about eligibility. Click here to learn how CEWS is calculated. The Government announced on May 15, 2020 that the CEWS would be extended by an additional 12 weeks, to August 29, 2020. The eligibility criteria will apply for the current period (period 4). Any potential changes would commence as of periods 5 (July 5 to August 1) and/or 6 (August 2 to August 29). Click here to learn more.

  • The Government of Nova Scotia has released printable resources about staying healthy and stopping the spread of COVID-19 (see below)

  • Service Canada is open for business! Although the Service Canada Centres are closed to the public due to COVID-19, you can still get the Service Canada benefits and services you need online or by telephone. They are here to help you access the Government of Canada services and benefits you want and need. If you would like more information or have questions, please call 1-800-O-Canada or complete an e-Services form. Please see the printable resources below for more details.

  • The province has extended the provisions for organizations and societies to conduct their required AGM either virtually or be held customary within 90 days after the State of Emergency Order is lifted. Click here to learn more.

  • The Alberta Museum Association (AMA) has compiled resources to help museums respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Part 1: Activating Your Emergency Response, and Part 2: Workers and Employees.

  • Imagine Canada's chart summarizing Federal Government measures for charities, nonprofits, and social enterprises.

  • The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is offering resources for nonprofit & voluntary organizations.

COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations Portal User GuideDownload  

Fonds d’Urgence Relatif à la COVID-19 pour les Organismes du Patrimoine - Guide de l’Utilisateur du PortailDownload  

Social Distancing Best Practices Poster (ENGLISH)Download  

Social Distancing Best Practices Poster (FRENCH)Download  

Social Distancing Best Practices Poster (AR)Download  

Social Distancing Best Practices Poster (ZH-CN)Download  

Social Distancing Best Practices Poster (MIKMAW)Download  

Services Canada - Here to HelpDownload  

Services Canada - Here to Help EmployersDownload  


  • Tourism Nova Scotia offered a weekly series of webinars that gave tourism businesses tools to adapt and be ready to open following COVID-19. Click here to view recordings.

  • The Ontario Museum Association hosted a webinar entitled “Caring for Heritage Collections During the COVID-19 Pandemic” on April 21st. In this webinar, Irene Karsten, Canadian Conservation Institute Preservation Development Advisor, shared information and recommendations to help those responsible for heritage collections. Click here to watch the recording.

  • National Trust for Canada is offering a series of free webinars in response to COVID-19. Click here for more details.

  • ACHIEVE offered a free webinar led by trainer Lynda Monk titled, “Managing Your Stress During COVID-19.” Click here to watch the recording.

  • Cuseum offered a webinar titled, “Preparing to Reopen - Strategy, Planning & Process on the Road to Reopening Museums.” Click here to watch the recording. As well as, a webinar titled “Museum Think Tank: Cultural Organizations as Incubators for Social Impact” on June 16th. Click here to watch the recording.

  • Cuseum is offering a webinar titled, “Re-Opening Museums & Cultural Attractions: Succeeding in the Post-COVID Era with Digital Tools” on Jun 24th at 2:00 PM EST. Click here to learn more.

  • Tactile Studio offered a webinar titled, “How Museums can still be Inclusive after Covid-19?” Click here to watch the recording.


  • Visit Canada Helps to learn more about donating and fundraising online.

  • #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. GivingTuesday was started in Canada by a group of organizations, including Click here to learn more about this initiative.

Research & Marketing

  • Get involved in the 2020 Tourism Marketing Campaign by: using the tools in the 2020 Marketing Toolkit to align your marketing efforts and amplify the campaign, sharing the 60 second marketing campaign video ‘There’s No Place Like Nova Scotia, using the hashtags #RediscoverNovaScotia and #VisitNovaScotia or tag @VisitNovaScotia on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to be featured on their social media pages or in their gallery on, updating your business listing, packages, events and experiences on to reflect your open/close dates, business hours, rates by emailing:, and listing your packages on You can create listings for your packages using the online Partner Portal.

  • Tourism Nova Scotia has released a COVID-19 Tourism Recovery Research and Marketing Approach. Tourism Nova Scotia also started the #TNSHeretoHelp campaign, which highlights TNS team members and what they can do to help tourism business and organizations now and in the future.

  • Tourism Nova Scotia’s new Tourism Digital Assistance Program can help you enhance your online presence and connect with potential customers. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 8 at 4pm. Click here to learn more.

  • Tourism Nova Scotia is boosting awareness of local food and services.

  • Destination Canada is conducting weekly surveys to determine which activities Canadians feel comfortable returning to as public health restrictions ease.

  • ANSM’s Museums & COVID-19 Impact Survey Infographic is now available (see below).

ANSM's COVID-19 Impact Survey ResultsDownload  


  • Risk Mitigation Tool for Child and Youth Settings is available in English and French. As well as, the Risk Mitigation Tool for Outdoor Recreation Spaces and Activities Operating during the COVID-19 Pandemic is available in English and French.

  • Museum Hack offers helpful insight on their blog about virtual museum tour trends.

  • International Council of Museums (ICOM) blog post titled “Museums and COVID-19: 8 steps to support community resilience”

  • The American Alliance of Museums, Center for the Future of Museums blog post titled “How to Get Ready to Open the Doors” by Elizabeth Merritt.

  • Volunteer Canada is offering Resources on COVID-19 and Volunteering, click here.