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).

  • 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.

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

CCH's COVID-19 Stakeholder Guidance DocumentDownload  


  • 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.
  • 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 open 10 April. The deadline to apply is 25 April. Read more about eligibility requirements and how to apply

  • Worker Emergency Bridge Fund: This fund supports people who are self-employed or laid-off who don’t qualify for Employment Insurance. Applications open 10 April 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 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.

  • Tourism Nova Scotia’s #TNSHeretoHelp campaign will highlight TNS team members, and what they can do to help tourism business and organizations now and in the future.

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

  • 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 our 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.

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 is launching a weekly series of webinars that will give tourism businesses tools to adapt and be ready to open following COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

  • The Ontario Museum Association hosted a webinar entitled “Caring for Heritage Collections During the COVID-19 Pandemic” on April 21. 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.

  • Free webinar offered by Sylvie Binette, of Binette Cultural Solutions titled “Moving forward in a Covid-19 world. How might our cultural, heritage and museum organizations adapt to this new reality?” Tue, May 12th 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT. Click here for more information.

  • National Trust for Canada is offering a series of free webinars, including “COVID-19 and the Heritage Sector: First and Third Tuesday Gatherings of the Clan.” Click here for more details.

  • ACHIEVE is offering 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.


  • 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


  • 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.