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.
Federal government announces COVID-19 insurance fund for Canadian production sector
September 25—After months of concerted advocacy by the CMPA, AQPM and key industry stakeholders, today the federal government announced a new $50 million Short-Term Compensation Fund for Canadian Audiovisual Productions, a program designed to address the lack of COVID-19 insurance coverage for the Canadian screen-based production sector.
Statement on Government of Canada’s Short-Term Compensation Fund to address lack of COVID-19 insurance coverage
September 25—The Canadian Media Producers Association today issued the following statement on behalf of its President and CEO, Reynolds Mastin: We thank Minister Guilbeault and the federal government for today’s announcement of this much-needed fund, which will help hundreds of camera-ready Canadian film and TV projects move forward after months of uncertainty.
COVID-19 CMPA update – September 18, 2020
September 25—The CMPA is working hard to get the Canadian production sector back up and running. With many pressing issues and near-daily developments, the following note summarizes CMPA updates on a range of recent COVID-19 advocacy efforts.
Ongoing COVID-19 insurance challenges put $1 billion of Canadian film and TV production at risk
Survey data shows that without swift government action, over 200 camera-ready projects and nearly 20,000 jobs are in jeopardy
OTTAWA & MONTREAL, September 18, 2020 – Recent surveys conducted by Canada’s French and English media producers associations have found that over $1 billion in production volume is at imminent risk without swift government action to address the lack of COVID-19 insurance coverage available for producers.
Should you have any questions about CMPA resources and communications related to COVID-19, please contact Andrew Addison (Vice-President, Communications, Marketing & Membership).
Although CMPA offices are currently closed, the organization remains fully operational, with all staff members working remotely, and available to answer any questions you may have. For a full listing of all CMPA staff members, visit our team page.