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Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
December 2021

Dear readers,

2021 is almost over; for better or for worse, it’s been a year to keep us all on our toes!

Please note that all CHRC staff will be on Holiday the 27th and 28th of December, 2021, as well as the 3rd of January, 2022. Our personnel will be enjoying staggered and sporadic days away from work so please email for rapid assistance or support, we’re available in case you need us!

Below is a summary of the year’s activities and some invitations for our readers, please feel free to share and disseminate the messages.

From all of us at CHRC, we wish you a great Holiday Season and look forward to starting 2022 with you!!

In this issue!

A quick look back at CHRC's 2021…

2021 has been exceptional for internships; CHRC’s new Student Work Placement (SWP) program (funded by Employment and Social Development Canada) has received and processed upwards of 145 subsidy requests with funding of up to $7,500 per internship. This program is still accepting requests into the new year (subsidies are offered till March 31st, 2022) and employers are encouraged to submit a request for internships even during the Holidays. Information sessions and points of contact appear below.

CHRC’s Young Canada Works (YCW) program (funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage) funded 80 internships with 54 not-for-profit employers receiving wage subsidies of up to $15,000. See below for more details on the request and intake process for 2022-2023.

The Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA) workshops (funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage) were delivered to over 190 participants from over 20 organizations between April and December with a dozen more workshops being scheduled in the first quarter of 2022. Request a workshop for your organization before the program ends on March 31st, 2022.

With funding from the Ontario Arts Council, the Cross Sectoral Recovery Roundtables (CSRR) have begun work on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility tools and resources for cultural sector establishments. Ultimately, we aim for a greater sense of belonging for all Canadians to participate in the cultural sector and its endeavours.

Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, The Art of Managing Your Career (TAMYC) and its 8 discipline enhancements are at various stages of updating and review.

2021 has seen quite a bit of movement from a staffing and governance perspective at CHRC. Our long-serving, wonderful and dedicated colleagues Lucie D’Aoust and Erma Barnett retired recently after decades of service to the organization. You are both missed and we wish you well in this new phase of life. On the flipside of these departures Michael Lechasseur (and I) are joined by new CHRC colleagues Sofia Downing, Honorine Muhirwa, Frédérique Coulaud, Audrey Séguin and Rosemary Paul, welcome aboard!

CHRC’s Board of Directors also saw a lot of movement at the AGM. Long-serving Board members Richard Hornsby (Chair), Kevin Hanson (Past-Chair), Kathleen DeLong (Vice-Chair), Parise Mongrain (Secretary) were all at the end of possible mandate renewals. Ryhna Thomson (Music and Sound Recording) and Barbara Nepinak (Indigenous representative), continuing in their respective Board roles, are joined by new members Veronique Mack (Live Performing Arts) and David Plant (Digital Media). The new Executive Committee in CHRC’s Board of Directors is now composed of continuing Board members Janis Lundman (Chair), Zainub Verjee (Vice-Chair) and Victoria Steele (Treasurer) who are joined by David Swail (Secretary).

Of course, a word of thanks to our members for their support throughout 2021. We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2022. Speaking of which, the Holidays are a great time to sign up or renew your membership with CHRC!

Kind regards,


Grégoire Gagnon, D. Mus., MPA & MBA
Executive Director, CHRC

Student Work Placement (SWP) program


Employers looking to hire students can get a subsidy of up to $7,500 for their salary till March 31st, 2022.

CHRC has launched the SWP Program for the cultural sector. This program aims to connect post-secondary institution students to Canadian cultural sector employers with wage subsidies for placements that offer students relevant work experience. Students will have the opportunity to apply learned skills through a paid position related to their field of study and develop skills that will allow them to integrate seamlessly into the workforce.

Employers looking to hire post-secondary institution students can apply today and during the Holiday Season for pre-approval through our Employer Intake Form.

For more information: and

To learn more about the SWPP, register to our upcoming information sessions on December 23rd 2021 at 1pm EST and January 6th 2022 at 3pm EST.

Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Young Canada Works


YOUNG CANADA WORKS at Building Careers in Heritage INTERNSHIPS

A first-work experience in arts practice, cultural management or arts administration for college and university graduates! CHRC is already accepting employers’ applications for the YCW 2022-2023 program.

Deadline for application: January 21, 2022

For additional info:

YCW 2022-2023 Employer Info and

Looking for a job? Looking for talent?

Current Job Postings

Interim Operations Manager Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre Edmonton, Alberta
Director of Production & Operations Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Winnipeg, Manitoba
Responsable des programmes de théâtre Ontario Arts Council Toronto, Ontario
Theatre Program Officer Ontario Arts Council Toronto, Ontario
Assistant(e) à l'administration et coordinateur(trice) de projets CORPUS Toronto, Ontario
Culture Coordinator The City of St Catharines St Catharines, Ontario
Artistic Director Bonavista Biennale St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Executive Director BC Touring Council British Columbia
Director The New Gallery Calgary, Alberta
Executive Director, BC Alliance for Arts + Culture BIPOC Executive Search Inc. Vancouver, British Columbia

CHRC members receive a 25% discount on job postings!

Don't forget... CHRC's team at your service!

Featured Organisation Plus Member

On Screen Manitoba

On Screen Manitoba leads, builds and represents the media production industry in Manitoba, Canada.

Executive Director:
Grégoire Gagnon

Administrative Assistant / YCW Coordinator:
Honorine Muhirwa

Administrative and Communications Officer:
Frédérique Coulaud

Administrative and Communications Officer:
Sofia Downing

Administrative and Communications Officer:
Audrey Séguin

Michael Lechasseur


Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC)
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