Legal Database

ALAS has prepared a number of resources and articles containing legal information that may be helpful to you depending on your situation. Feel free to browse our database of legal information, organized by different types of legal issues and the different types of creators who may face those issues.

Please note that the ALAS Legal Database is provided for informational purposes only, and only includes summary legal information. The ALAS Legal Database is not legal advice, and is not a substitute for consulting a legal professional. You should speak to a lawyer about your particular situation before relying on any information in the database.

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Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund (CPAWRF)

ALAC Receives funding through the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund Artists and Lawyers for the Advancement of Creativity (ALAC) is excited to announce being awarded funding through the Canada…

COVID Protocol for Employers in Ontario’s Arts and Culture Industry

We have prepared a COVID Protocol Checklist to assist employers in Ontario’s Arts and Culture Industry: COVID Protocol for Employers in the Arts

Overview of Defamation Law in Ontario

Overview of Defamation Law in Ontario What is defamation law? Defamation law focuses on the protection of an individual’s reputation from harm. Within this law, two competing interests are weighed…

National Network Update

As previously reported, ALAS has partnered with a number of other arts-sector legal clinics and other organizations across Canada to help create a National Network of Legal Clinics for the…



By Paul Sanderson with Tony Duarte, Emmanuel Evdemon and Marian Hebb The Origin of “C.R.E.A.T.I.N.G.” The word checklist “C.R.E.A.T.I.N.G.” spontaneously sprang from a preparatory conference call prior to a seminar…

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Report on the National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts

On June 17th, the National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts released a report (in English and French) which revealed that there is a significant need and demand for…


ALAS’ Statement in Solidarity with Black, Indigenous and All Racialized Communities in Ontario

Artists’ Legal Advice Services (ALAS) mission is to empower Ontario’s creative community through access to legal information and advice. We endeavour through our legal clinic, educational sessions, resources and copyright…

COVID Economic Support Benefits

Below is a list of certain economic benefits and support mechanisms currently available from the Canadian government. This list is non-exhaustive as was last updated on May 18, 2020. 1)…

Federal Government Proposes Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

On March 25, the Federal Government announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), a simplified taxable benefit that combines the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit. CERB…

Canadian Musicians – Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 – Deadline March 27

Music Canada and CONNECT Music Licensing are circulating a survey for Canada’s music community on the impact of COVID-19. The survey is intended to provide a detailed assessment of the…

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