COVID-19 is causing significant disruption for Canada’s production sector, creating business challenges for producers, and raising many questions. As Canadian producers face unprecedented upheaval as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will keep members updated on the evolving situation and the CMPA’s response efforts.
Updated information on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
April 2, 2020—Yesterday, Minister of Finance, the Hon. Bill Morneau released additional information related to the newly-titled Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.
Survey: Help us measure the impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian film and TV production sector
March 24, 2020—We have worked with Nordicity research group to create the Canadian Film and Television Survey. The results of this survey will help our industry quantify the scope of the financial impact of the crisis on production companies, which we will share government officials to assist them as COVID-19 response packages are developed.
The survey is now closed
COVID-19 Production Industry Taskforce
March 20, 2020—As the impact of the virus continues to grow rapidly, the CMPA and 10 other industry organizations are highlighting their commitment to supporting the Canadian screen-based industry during these unprecedented times. As such, we have assembled the COVID-19 Production Industry Taskforce to collectively work together to assess the impact on the industry. This will inform governments at the federal, provincial and municipal levels on the need for critical support. Early next week, the taskforce will be sending a survey across the country to determine the projected impact on the sector.
Outreach to government
CMPA staff have been in regular contact with government officials at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. In these conversations we continue to underscore our concerns about the negative impacts on the sector, and communicate the need to ensure production companies are included as COVID-19 response packages are developed.
COVID-19 Production Industry Taskforce
As the impact of the virus continues to grow rapidly, the CMPA along with numerous industry organizations and stakeholder groups have joined forces to create the COVID-19 Production Industry Taskforce. The group will collectively to assess the impact on the industry, and this work will inform governments at the federal, provincial and municipal levels on the need for critical support.
As a first step, the COVID-19 Production Industry Taskforce worked with Nordicity research group to create the Canadian Film and Television Survey (now closed). The results of this survey will help us quantify the scope of the financial impact of the crisis on production companies, which we will share with government officials to assist them as COVID-19 response packages are developed.
Extension of CMPA membership year
As you may be aware, the CMPA membership year was scheduled to end on March 31. However, to ensure our members remain informed, and understanding the financial difficulties some companies may be facing, we will be extending all CMPA memberships until at least April 30, at which point we will reassess the situation. During this time you but you can rest assured that you will continue to have access to the full range of CMPA member benefits. Should you have any further questions, please contact Lisa Moreau (Director, Member Services & Special Events).
CMPA office closures
To ensure the health of CMPA employees and to follow best practices in working to curb the spread of COVID-19, physical CMPA offices will be closed effective Tuesday, March 17. During this time, the organization will remain fully operational, with all CMPA staff members working remotely, and available to answer any questions you may have.
For a full listing of all CMPA staff members, visit the Our team page.
Guidance for your business and workplace
The CMPA has developed a guidance document with suggestions on ways to protect the health and safety of workplace parties and plan for potential disruptions to your business. We have also developed a fact sheet, which you can download below, that you may post around your workplaces.
The document outlines the symptoms of COVID-19, how it is spread, how to limit infection, what to do if an individual is infected, and scenarios in which workers should contact the workplace prior to coming to work.
Federal government's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
As a part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the Government of Canada has announced key changes to some previously-announced plans, as well as a series of added benefits to assist Canadians, including loan programs for businesses and increased wage subsidies.
Click here for detailed information about the government’s support measures of relevance to the Canadian independent production sector.
Provincial and regional resources
We strongly encourage producers to stay up to date on provincial and regional issues. Below is a listing of provincial industry associations and funding agencies that are providing timely updates for the regions they oversee. We’ve also provided a list of each provincial and territorial health agencies that include important guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding agencies and film commissions
CMPA Member Forum
We encourage members to share information with one another and post questions on the CMPA Member Forum, a message board for CMPA members. We have created a COVID-19 subject thread on the Forum and invite you to use this platform to pose questions and share information with your fellow producers. For more information about accessing the CMPA Member Forum, click here. Should you have any further questions, please contact Lisa Moreau (Director, Member Services & Special Events).
Cancelled / postponed industry events
Below is a list of notable industry events, both within Canada and internationally, that have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This list will be updated as new cancellation or postponement announcements are made.
- Inside Out (postponed)
- Screen Nova Scotia Awards (postponed)
- Banff World Media Festival (cancelled)
- Canadian Screen Week (cancelled)
- Hot Docs International Documentary Festival (postponed)
- The Toronto Screenwriting Conference (re-envisioning)
- WGC Screenwriting Awards (cancelled)
- The Canadian Society of Cinematographers’ 63rd Awards Gala (postponed)
- Canadian Film Festival (postponed)
- Kingston Canadian Film Festival (cancelled)
- Congrès annuel de l’AQPM (cancelled)