Here are some links to information and agencies that may be useful. However, we do not endorse any organization in particular nor can we verify the information provided. Housing |  Health  | Dental Health | Arts-Related Health Supports | General Information and Assistance | Funding for Individual Artists | Legal Resources | Materials Available | Related Orgs – RegionalRelated Orgs – National | Related Orgs – US


Alberta Works helps Albertans with low incomes cover their basic living costs with programs such as Income Support, Emergency Needs Allowance (emergency costs of rental arrears/eviction, utilities in arrears, food, damage deposit and so on), Health Benefits, and Financial Support for Training

Direct to Tenant Rent Supplement Program is a subsidy paid directly to an eligible tenant to assist with rental costs. It is part of Housing and Urban Affairs Alberta government department. Also call 403 310 4455 (Service Alberta) for information

Calgary Housing Action Initiative is a nonprofit organization with links to emergency housing resources, emergency financial resources, alternative and low cost rentals, among other things. The links include The Red Cross and Salvation Army, which also give 1-time assistance for rental arrears, damage deposit and utilities disconnection.

Calgary Rent Bank provides loans for families and individuals to help secure housing and prevent residential eviction and termination of utilities

Calgary Housing Company (search ‘Calgary Housing Company’) is a City of Calgary department which manages subsidized and low income affordable housing

Calgary Homeless Foundation links page has a wealth of information from aboriginal organizations to community and government resources to health etc.

Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative gives information on housing, health, human rights and so on


Alberta Health Services covers major questions about physical and mental health (formerly Calgary Health region) – programs and links included Healthlink is a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week nurse telephone advice and health information service – call toll free 1 866 408 5465 or in Calgary 403 943 5465

Distress Centre Calgary is a 24-hour crisis line – 403 266 1605 and provides crisis support, information, and referral services

Canadian Mental Health Association has programs, information, a ‘get help’ section, and links

The Alex Community Health Centre  has a variety of health services, crisis and resource specialists, counsellors, and food and nutrition programs

Native Counselling Services of Alberta – programs in wellness, homelessness and housing, justice, employment etc.

Calgary Sexual Health Centre – counselling, sexual health and peer education, outreach

Calgary Outlink: Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity has programs, 24-hour info line, a library and drop-in centre; the peer support/crisis line is 1 877 688 4765

AIDS Calgary provides support and outreach as well as an education page and links

Calgary Co-operative Memorial Society is a co-op dedicated to ‘simplicity, dignity, and economy in preplanned funerals’

Community Kitchen Program provides inexpensive food boxes and a program to cook meals at low cost

Foothills Medical Centre  403 944 1110

Peter Lougheed Centre 403 943 4555

Rockyview General Hospital 403 943 3000

Alberta Children’s Hospital 403 955 7211

Sheldon M Chumir Health Centre – Urgent Care – 403 955 6200

Calgary Co-operative Memorial Society provides information about and helps with economical funerals.

Dental Health

For dentistry and cleanings throughout the year, a Low Income Clinic is available at the Sheldon Chumir Centre. There is an application process (includes tax assessment) and appointments are booked. The government sponsors 80% and the patient pays 20%.

CUPS runs an extraction clinic is someone needs a tooth out. The service is free, and you don’t book an appointment but wait in line.

Both of these clinics exclude patients who have coverage of any kind, and that includes Social Assistance, First Nations, AISH, or Alberta Works.

The Hygiene Association in Calgary does free cleanings for a day in February.  See Gift from the Heart (scroll down to Alberta)

Arts-related Health Resources

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety – information on chemical and material hazards in the workplace The following are American sites or organizations:

Artist Help Network is a resource site with information about health hazards, money and legal issues among other things

Artists Foundation is a resource site providing information about healthcare issues as well as ‘being in the arts’ tips (how to write a grant, etc.)

Searchable Database of Health and Safety Information for Artists – this database includes all art mediums plus child art hazards

Art Hazards – Internet and Library Resources – links to material handling and studio safety, searchable databases, journal articles

Online Health and Safety in the Arts Library – texts from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s program for Health in the Arts; includes full manual of ‘Art Safety Procedures for Art Schools and Art Departments’ as well as lots of other information

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry – information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances

Centre for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology – general information and links to health and safety issues in the arts

Arts, Crafts, and Theater Safety – safety and hazard information

True Art hazards information – information on artist’s materials as well as numerous articles on everything from allergies to photochemicals to woodworking

Disaster Safety – their ‘get prepared’ section has useful information on disaster preparedness

Healthy artist guide to a less toxic studio -pdf

Health hazards and safety tips for artists – pdf

Warehouse studio health and safety – pdf

General Information and Assistance

Inform Alberta is a province-wide service directory that lists community, health, social, and government services

211 is a three-digit phone number and site that connect you to a full range of (non-emergency) community, social, and government service information in Calgary

Calgary Street Survival Guide search ‘Street Survival Guide’ – this City of Calgary site lists a variety of shelters, places to find food and clothing, access to various programs, etc. pdf file: street_survival_guide(2)

Community Resource Centres are community-based 1-stop shops for resources and support in every Calgary district. They exist to connect you to all available community services, organizations, and groups

Money Mentors offer money coaching, debt management information, and credit counselling

CARFAC gives information on income tax and insurance for artists, among other things

Cultural Human Resources Council provides information on training, career development, and other human resource issues to cultural workers

New to Canada – Centre for Newcomers is a resource centre for immigrants

Calgary Public Library has free internet access with a library card. Eau Claire Market also has free computer access.

Calgary’s galleries provides a comprehensive list of all artist-run centres and commercial galleries in the city

The Women’s Centre is every woman’s place for support, connections and community; information and access to many programs including a food program, help with housing, health issues, etc.

YWCA is dedicated to breaking cycles of family violence, homelessness, and poverty and provides counselling, housing, activities, and information.  YWCA 24 hour Crisis Line – 403- 263-1550

The Kerby Centre is a community gathering place for seniors (over 55) offering classes, information, programs and services, including a 24-hour crisis line (403-705-3250) and the Kerby Rotary Shelter for older adults in crisis.

Funding Agencies for Individual Artists

Canada Council for the Arts Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Legal resources

Calgary Legal Guidance offers free legal assistance to people with low income

Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary – individual and/or group support primarily for women in legal trouble

Legal Aid Alberta – legal services at a reduced cost to persons who need assistance for criminal or civil legal matters

Pro Bono Law Alberta has information about legal resources for low income Albertans, including a library section and comprehensive links section Alberta Law Line – free legal information and resource referrals; legal advice based on financial eligibility – 1 866 845 3425

Materials available

UAS art supply exchange Freecycle Calgary a place where you can exchange goods for free Borrow Me is a place to borrow, sell, rent, or give away stuff

Related Organizations – Regional

Visual Arts Alberta (CARFAC in Alberta) is a visual artists “union” with information, workshops, resources, and access to an insurance plan for artists.

AMAAS (Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society) provides a support network and services for the media arts sector in Alberta: exhibitions, conferences, promotion.

AAARC  (Alberta Association of Artist-Run Centres) provides advocacy, networking, and development for artist-run centres in the Alberta region; artist-run centres offer exhibition opportunities and often program practical workshops of interest to artists.

This is My City enriches the lives of the disenfranchised people in its programs, and opens the door for dialogue among all citizens, breaking down stereotypes and affirming common values.

Community Wise Resource Centre is an affordable, inclusive community space for Calgary grass-roots and non-profit organizations, hosting varied programs on arts, community, environment and social justice.

Studio C is a collaborative art centre creating inclusive culture with a studio and gallery open to the public.

Calgary Musicians Association provides its members with services and support to maximize their ability to succeed in the music business.

Benevolent Fund helps musicians in emergency situations.

ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) negotiates, administers and enforces collective agreements to provide performers with equitable compensation as well as safe and reasonable working conditions.

Alberta Dance Alliance is a provincial service organization that is your portal to everything dance related in Alberta;  job board, resources, and programs.

Alberta Craft Council recognizes that contemporary and heritage craft arts provide a true reflection of Alberta’s culture; Gallery Shop in Edmonton, opportunities, resources.

Related Organizations – National

Artists Health Centre Foundation Toronto

Canadian Arts Resources Foundation for Ontario (CARFO)

Performing Arts Lodges

Actors Fund of Canada

Related Organizations – U.S-based

Craft Artist Relief Fund Minnesota

Gottlieb Foundation NY

Springboard for the Arts Minnesota

Emergency Artists’ Support League – EASL Texas

Artists’ Fellowship NY

Blue Dog Relief Visual Aid San Francisco/Bay area

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

Ruth Talaber Artists’ Emergency Fund through the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, look under ‘services’

Artist Trust Florida

Society for the Arts in Healthcare promoting arts as an integral part of healthcare

Benefits for Artists Fractured Atlas services to support artists including access to health and liability insurance and microgrants

Healthcare for Artists Massachusetts

Modest Needs not exclusively for artists

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Sweet Relief Rock for Health

Max’s Kansas City Project

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