Results of the second survey on the impacts of COVID-19: Very bleak prospects if new stimulus measures are not put in place in the short term
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the cessation of almost all professional activities has had dramatic effects in the circus arts sector despite its strong roots, resilience and the hope of a return to the stage. The results of the second survey on the impacts of COVID-19 on the community are both striking and alarming, and will become even more so if the prospect of resuming professional activities does not emerge in the short term. In fact, it reveals a steady deterioration in the situation for both professionals and organizations, despite the resumption of certain activities and access to government measures and assistance.
These results show that, unfortunately, the measures and assistance granted are not sufficient to support the high challenges faced by artists and companies, for whom maintaining a high level of performance and excellence is essential for a return to the stage.
This nationwide survey, totalizing 381 respondents, was conducted in collaboration with Simon Bastien and took place from November 23 to December 7, 2020. Results are available on our website.
In closing, it is important to remember that the Canadian circus arts sector has a pool of knowledge and expertise that makes up its strength and vitality, and that has contributed to its worldwide renown. It is therefore essential that we quickly support this sector, helping it to initiate a constructive recovery and regain its creative momentum. As the national circus arts alliance, we will continue our actions in this regard and call on government partners to maintain vigorous support for a high-performance, innovative and much-appreciated sector.