Training Subsidy Program

Rina Pellerin; photo Shawn Kim

Training Subsidy Emergency Measures

instigated Apr 15, 2020; increased Oct 1, 2020; extended to Mar 31, 2022 or until funds run out

1) TSP’ll cover the entire cost of drop-in classes, up to $10/class. For example, if you have a receipt for $17, you’ll receive a reimbursement of $10. If you have another receipt for $5, you’ll receive the full $5 back. We hope this encourages teachers to charge for their online classes!

2) We’re increasing the annual subsidy maximum to $500/emerging and $600/professional.

3) We’re changing the guidelines to accept receipts for online training anywhere in the world. However, we can only reimburse in Canadian dollars ie if the receipt is for $5 USD, we can only reimburse $5 CAD. Best to try and have your receipts converted to CAD. Please note: credit card and and bank statements are not an acceptable form of receipts. Please see receipt requirements below.

4) Class cards and memberships are still reimbursed at 50% of the total receipt.

5) Workshops are still reimbursed at 50% of the total receipt.

6) We’re waiving the minimum monthly reimbursement.

TSP is due monthly, on the 10th

Receipts from the previous two months are eligible. However, your membership must be current to receive subsidies.

TSP Submission Form

Please submit only one submission form per month. Include all of your receipts in this one form.

We request that applicants carefully review the guidelines below prior to submitting an application for subsidy.

Having difficulties with the online form? See these Instructions.

About TSP

Many dance artists across Canada do not have the luxury of attending ‘company class’ for their daily training and the financial burden required to maintain peak condition can often be stressful. Available to CADA/West members in the Professional and Emerging levels, TSP offers subsidy for various types of training to support dance artists in their pursuit of personal, professional and artistic achievement.

Program Year: Apr 1–Mar 31

Program Limits

An applicant may be reimbursed the following amounts within the guidelines of the program:

  • EMERGENCY MEASURE: $600 annual limit for Professional members; $500 annual limit for Emerging members
  • $7 for each EMERGENCY MEASURE: entire cost of drop-in classes, up to $10/class (up to $120/month)
  • 50% of the cost of a class card (up to $120/month)
  • 50% of the cost of a monthly gym/studio membership (up to $120/month)
  • 50% of the cost of each workshop/intensive
  • $200 awarded annually for special training
  • $20 minimum monthly reimbursement (submitted receipts total at least $40) EMERGENCY MEASURE: no minimum monthly reimbursement

Receipt Deadlines

Receipts are due on the 10th of the month at 5pm PST. Receipts may pre-date submission by two months ie May 10 deadline accepts receipts for March and April. Older receipts are not eligible.

Eligible Training

  • Drop-ins: all forms of dance, as well as Gyrotonic, Pilates, yoga and other active body conditioning qualify up to the monthly limit of $120. Private classes are considered drop-ins (not class cards).
  • Class cards: of 5 classes or more will be reimbursed to 50% of the cost up to the monthly limit of $120.
  • Gym/Studio memberships: will be reimbursed to 50% of the monthly cost up to the monthly limit of $120 – rehearsal hours are not applicable. For gym memberships, we require a written paragraph in the first month only, to be attached to the submission, explaining how this training contributes to your dance career.
  • Workshops/Intensives: will be reimbursed to 50% of the cost up to, but not exceeding, the annual limit for the membership level. A workshop is an engaged learning opportunity that is over 4 hours and up to a few days in length (1–3 hour workshops are reimbursed as a class).
  • Special training: undertaken to pursue dance contracts may be eligible for reimbursement (voice, theatre, martial arts, etc.). Please include a short letter outlining how the training is applicable to your professional employment as a dance artist.
  • Only training undertaken within Canada can be reimbursed. EMERGENCY MEASURE: online training anywhere is the world is eligible
  • Non-eligible training: international classes and workshops; passive body work (massage, cranial-sacral, physiotherapy, etc.); teacher training courses; pre-professional programs; conference fees.

TSP Submission Requirements

CADA/West membership must be current.

Applications are only accepted via the online TSP Submission Form.

The following is required on ALL receipts in order to receive reimbursement:

  • your name
  • type of training (hip hop, ballet, yoga, pow wow)
  • date of training (class/workshop/activity)
  • location (city & business name/service provider/teacher)
  • cost of training
  • a brief description on the receipt detailing the type of purchase (ie. drop-in class, 10 class card, monthly membership, guest artist workshop)
  • a reminder to keep original receipts for your taxes!

Please be aware that credit card statements, bank account statements and membership agreements are not a sufficient form of documentation.

If you regularly submit receipts from Harbour Dance, the credit/cash pay stubs that you receive when you pay for class are not sufficient. Please ask Harbour Dance to email you a record of your classes and submit this form. You can also login to your account through the Harbour Dance website and print these forms yourself. Harbour Dance will be able to assist you further with this process.

If your submissions do not include all of the above information, they will not be approved :(