Third Pandemic Impact Survey Results
Equally devastating effects, but a strong, resilient and innovative community.
Over the past few months, we have witnessed a gradual return to the stage. In September, we conducted our third survey on the future of the circus arts. We are thankful to the 457 respondents from across Canada who participated in this national survey, which was conducted in collaboration with Simon Bastien, an expert in this field.
We already collected data from a first survey in April 2020, and a second one in November 2020, to evaluate the repercussions of the pandemic and its effects on the circus arts sector, and to support the alliance in its advocacy with government partners.
This third survey reveals that the impacts are even more severe in 2021 than they were in 2020. Financial losses are greater for both individuals and organizations. Career transition stakes are still very high. In addition, one in two people suffer from anxiety and depression. It is clear that without government support and access to public funding, our sector would not have made it through the past year.
Despite the fact that our community has proven to be resilient, it is far from over the hurdle. Organizations' fragility and individuals' insecurity remain as much of a concern at the end of 2021 as they were a year ago. Financial assistance and employability measures are still essential to ensure the survival and recovery of organizations, but also to overcome precarity, support recovery and innovation and development.
This survey on the future of the circus arts identified our needs so we can visualize our future, on which should be raising a new generation of circus artists to make up for recent and future departures in the near and mid-future. Finally, it allows us to state the fundamental needs to regain our momentum and our influence.
To read the results of this survey, visit our web site.