Training Subsidy Program (TSP)


After two rounds of the Training Subsidy Program, plus one COVID relief subsidy in October, we still have plenty of funds to disburse, so we've made some changes to the TSP program to help you get the most out of your CADA/East membership. 

    • Firstly, we're opening up the TSP to receipts from any point in this membership year (that's June 1, 2020 to May 31st, 2021), for those of you who missed the first two deadlines or anyone who's found new receipts. 
    • Secondly, we've raised the annual personal cap to $400. As always, we'll try to reimburse up to 60% of claims, or until you hit the cap.   
    • Thirdly, we will accept receipts for studio space rentals. If you rented a space in order to train or teach safely under social distancing measures this year, we'll consider that an eligible expense for the TSP. 
    • If you took Zoom or other online classes from outside the country, but you were in Canada at the time, you can submit those, too (contrary to what it says on the form - new policy!). 

These new policies are an experiment for us, so please bear with us over the next few weeks as we work them into our TSP operations! 

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 can receive reimbursements for up to 60% of costs for training that takes place within Canadaup to an annual total of $400

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, online or in person. 
  • May 2021: If you rented a space in order to train or teach safely under social distancing measures this year, we'll consider that an eligible expense for the TSP. The honour system will apply. 

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 the 2020/21 membership year:

 Claim Training DatesDeadline 
 1 June 1 - September 30 October 1, 2020
 2 October 1 - February 28 March 1, 2021
 3 March 1 - May 31 June 1, 2021

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 $400 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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