Here are some resources collected that applies or could apply to Canadian farm animal sanctuaries and their operators.


OPEN SANCTUARY has information and resources available regarding COVID-19 and running a sanctuary.


Government Emergency Wage Subsidy

The federal government will pay up to 75 percent of wages for qualifying companies, including nonprofits and charities, whose revenue has decreased by at least 30%. Eligible employers who suffer a drop in gross revenue of at least 30% in March, April, and May when compared to the same month in 2019 would be eligible to access the subsidy. For nonprofits organizations and registered charities, the government will continue to work with the sector to ensure the definition of revenue is approriate to their circumstances. The number of employees at an organization is not relevant. The maximum subsidy amount is $847 / week per employee. The maximum salary amount of $58,700. The program runs from March 15 to June 6, 2020. LEARN MORE.

GLOBAL NEWS – Trudeau says business, charities, non-profits eligible for COVID-19 wage subsidy.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

If you stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. LEARN MORE.

This is separate from EI. See more options for support for individuals including sick leave support.

Mortgage Deferral

During this period of unprecedented economic upheaval and financial uncertainty, Canada’s largest banks are offering mortgage payment relief to customers by way of deferred mortgage payments. LEARN MORE.

Canada Helps

Canada Helps, which is a charity support organization, created a Charity’s Guide to Canada’s COVID-19 Governmental Support. It listed the above options as well as interest free loan options and some Provincial specific help that can apply to non-profits and charities alike.


As most grants will be directed to initiatives fighting the coronavirus, fundraising events are being cancelled and in person tours are strongly advised against if not prohibited, creative ways to fundraise will have to be looked at.

Here are some ideas we’ve seen people do, but this is a great time to start thinking outside of the box as well!

⇨ Live tours on Facebook, connecting your donate button so people can, if they wish, donate towards the live stream tour being offered.

⇨ Doing online auctions, raffles and 50/50s.

⇨ By donation online events (yoga, exercise classes, and educational classes), to go towards the sanctuary. This is usually done by a business partner or supporter of the sanctuary.

⇨ Create incentives for donations – thank you packages and prizes like what Patreon promotes.

⇨ Partnering with vegan businesses to help promote them as well during this hard time. Partial proceeds going to help the sanctuary but also creates more business for your business partner.

Netflix Party movie night – by donation or ticket sales. You can involved local vegan businesses to offer a small discount for take-outs connected with the movie night. You can use an online ticketing system like Eventbrite to sell tickets.