We release the results of the survey on the COVID-19-related impact on the Canadian circus arts sector
561 individuals and organizations participated in our survey to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on our community. The results are now available on our website. But be warned, they are striking. The losses linked to COVID-19 are massive and are endangering our entire sector.
Barely two months ago, last February, we presented the results of our economic study to the Quebec Department of Finance and submitted a brief as part of the prebudget consultations. We demonstrated, with figures to back up our claim, that the contribution of the circus arts sector to the cultural economy remains underestimated, and unfortunately underfunded. Never could we have imagined then that a pandemic would make our situation even more precarious. Our business model, based mainly on the export of shows and acts, has completely collapsed in one fell swoop. The circus arts sector receives little government support. As of July 31, 75% of companies believe that their activities will be in jeopardy, a majority of artists are considering a career transition, and losses are estimated at millions of dollars.
The situation is therefore very critical. We must act now. Our government representations are continuing in full force. In the current context, we have submitted a revised economic brief to the government. We are in discussions with the Department of Culture and Communications, Canadian Heritage and the various arts councils to make them aware of the needs of our sector. More than ever, their help is crucial. We ask that a government action plan dedicated to the circus arts be implemented as soon as possible.
Let's preserve an art form that is the pride of an entire nation!