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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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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Emergency Income Support for Individuals Who May Not Be Eligible for Employment Insurance (Including Self-Employed Creators) 

For individuals who do not qualify for Employment Insurance (EI), the Canadian Federal Government has promised a temporary benefit program for support of bi-weekly amounts of up to $900, for…

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Support Resources for Creators During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Last updated: March 26, 2020) ALAS has gathered the following sources which provide information on the support mechanisms available (and planned to be available) to Canadian creators during the developing…

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Complete a Survey to Help Develop a National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts!

CALLING ALL ARTISTS AND ARTS ORGANIZATIONS! EXCITING INDUSTRY TRANSFORMATION IS WITHIN REACH, AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SUCCEED! Enter to Win an iPad Mini by Completing a Survey in…


Intellectual property primer

Intellectual property (IP) refers to certain rights that can be owned in certain types of creations and creative works. IP rights cover a broad range of subject matter, including artistic…


Why are contracts important?

The goal of a contract is to clearly set out an agreement between the parties to ensure there are no misunderstandings. Ideally, a contract should clearly set out (a) who…


What is in a contract?

For more information about different types of contracts, and the different parts of contracts, please see the various articles throughout the ALAS Legal Database. As a general overview, many contracts…


Written vs verbal contracts

A contract is a binding agreement between two or more parties. In order for an agreement to be binding, there must be a few important features that are required for…


How do contracts work?

There are four main elements to the formation of a contract: Offer At its core, every contract must involve an offer to do (or not do) something. This can take…


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