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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C.R.E.A.T.I.N.G.

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…

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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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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: May 19, 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…


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