Inclusion Funds

In recognition of the historical and geographic context within which the Bus Stop Theatre Co-op (BSTC) operates, two funds have been launched to support the Disability community, as well as Indigenous people and people of African descent.

Any renter at the BSTC will have the choice to pay a contribution equal to  1.752% of their rental costs in honour of the Peace & Friendship Treaty signed in 1752. The collected contributions will be directed toward both funds below. Seed funding was initially provided by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Accessibility Subsidy

Gottingen Street was home to the first School for the Deaf in Atlantic Canada, established in 1856. Later, the 1917 Halifax explosion resulted in thousands being injured, and/or losing hearing. The same explosion caused the largest mass-blinding in Canadian history and propelled the birth of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).

In recognition of this, and in recognition of the barriers faced by members of the disability community in accessing live performance events, we have implemented an Accessibility Subsidy. This will provide an incentive for the implementation of accessibility measures and services by our renters and, in so doing, increase the accessibility of events held at the BSTC.

A renter incurring costs for accessibility measures (ASL interpretation, audio description, closed captioning, etc) may request a $100 subsidy from the BSTC in order to help defray the costs of doing so.

To apply to the fund, a renter must submit an invoice documenting expenses incurred for the purpose of an event hosted at the BSTC. A $100 discount will then be applied to their rental invoice from the BSTC.

Email rentals@thebusstoptheatre.org to apply to the subsidy

Reconciliation & Reparations Fund

In response to the recommendations presented by Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission, and also in response to the United Nations’ proclamation of the International Decade for People of African Descent, the BSTC has implemented a Reconciliation & Reparations Fund. This fund is intended to acknowledge and help redress the past and ongoing injustices faced by Indigenous peoples and people of African descent in Nova Scotia.

Renters who are Indigenous or of African descent can access the fund through an email request at any time, which will be reviewed by the Co-op’s BIPOC Caucus. To be eligible, at least 50% of the event’s production team must be Indigenous or of African descent.

Applicants can apply to have the cost of up to a full day’s rental covered, including any associated equipment or technical labour costs.

Renters can access this fund once per year, members of the Co-op can access this fund three times per year.

Email info@thebusstoptheatre.org to apply to the Fund