Training Subsidy Program (TSP)

Please note: In light of the suspension of many classes, workshops, and working commitments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CADA/East will postpone the spring TSP period. This portion of the TSP would usually cover training completed between March 1 and May 31, 2020, with a claim form submission deadline of June 1, 2020.

For many in our communities, trainings within this timeframe have been cancelled. However, if you have trained within this period, including participation in any form of online or at home classes, you can submit those receipts on October 1, 2020, alongside the first TSP claims period of the 2020/21 membership season.

What is the TSP?

Ongoing training and professional development are a crucial part of a dance career. Regular physical conditioning maintains your body as an instrument, relevant opportunities for artistic development engage your mind as an interpreter and creator, and on-going, consistent technical training keeps your technique current. These activities position you as an active and employable member of the professional community.

CADA/East reimburses Professional Members for the costs of physical dance training through the Training Subsidy Program (TSP). 

How does it work?

Professional Members may receive reimbursements for up to 60% of costs for training that takes place within Canadaup to an annual total of $350. In 2018/19, CADA/East has allocated $40 000 to the TSP. Therefore, the 2018/19 TSP has a total disbursal cap of $40 000, or $13 333 per disbursal period for all members. You can read our full disbursal policy here.

What costs can I claim on the TSP?

  • Dance technique classes (drop-in or class cards).
  • Physical conditioning (fitness club memberships, Pilates, yoga, etc.).
  • Workshops, master classes, and intensives.

The minimum claim amount per period is $25.00.

The TSP is not for training to prepare for a parallel career, such as teacher training programs. For that purpose, please visit the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.

There are 3 claim periods (disbursal periods) for 2019/20:

 Claim Training DatesDeadline 
 1 June 1 - September 30 October 1
 2 October 1 - February 28 March 1
 3 March 1 - May 31 June 

How to make a claim

If you are a member, log in to your account on the CADA/East website. You can find the TSP Form under the "Members Only" section. You will find detailed instructions on the Claim Form as to how to make a TSP claim. Please read all instructions carefully. Click here.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Training Subsidy Program: 

What types of training are eligible for the TSP? 

Any physical training that you do to condition your body to be "performance ready" is eligible. This includes technique classes, gym memberships, yoga/pilates classes, workshops, and any other physical training you may engage in. 

What is the annual cap of the program? 

Professional Members may receive reimbursements up to a total of $350 per membership year (June 1st to May 31st of the following year). 

I am required to sing for an upcoming dance performance. Is training for this performance eligible for the Training Subsidy Program? 

No. Only physical training is currently covered in our TSP program. Any other training such as singing or acting is not currently eligible for reimbursement.

I am also claiming my training costs on my income tax return. Can I also claim these costs through the Training Subsidy Program? 

The answer is yes, but the execution is a bit tricky. If you send in training receipts for reimbursement in our TSP program (which reimburses up to 60% of claims), you can still claim the remaining amount (40%) on your income tax. 

For example: A class you took cost $25. You receive $15 dollars back (60%) from CADA/East's TSP program. You can then claim $10 (the remaining 40%) on your income taxes. 

Photocopied receipts are acceptable to submit for the TSP. 

I missed the deadline, can I still submit for the TSP?

Receipts must be submitted by the appropriate deadline for training that took place within that TSP period. For example, training that took place between June 1st and September 30th can be submitted for the October 1st deadline. If you forgot to submit receipts during that period, hang on to them as we occasionally open up the final TSP deadline of the membership year (June 1st) for forgotten or misplaced receipts from the year. 

I've already reached my cap for the TSP this year; should I still submit my receipts?

Yes please! We track the actual totals of artist spending and use it in our grant applications to advocate for a higher TSP cap with our funders.

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