CMPA COVID-19 updates

COVID-19 communications


The CMPA is committed to keeping its members informed during the ongoing pandemic. Below is a listing of all communications sent to CMPA members and news releases issued by the CMPA regarding COVID-19.


Notes to Members

Release of BC COVID-19 Pandemic Production Guide | August 11, 2020
Update: CMPA secures change to CEWS addressing payroll business number – Bill passed by Senate to become law | July 28, 2020
COVID-19 CMPA update – July 24, 2020 | July 24, 2020
CMPA launches new healthQ Canadian Production Industry Health Screening Tool
| July 24, 2020
CMPA secures change to CEWS addressing payroll business number
| July 23, 2020
COVID-19 CMPA update – July 17, 2020 | July 17, 2020
2020/21 CMPA membership renewal | July 14, 2020
COVID-19 CMPA update – July 10, 2020 | July 10, 2020
COVID-19 CMPA update – June 26, 2020 | June 26, 2020
Release of Ontario COVID-19 health and safety guidance for the production sector | June 25, 2020
CMPA extends membership year to August 31 | June 22, 2020
COVID-19 CMPA update – June 19, 2020 | June 19, 2020
COVID-19 CMPA update – June 12, 2020 | June 12, 2020
BC motion picture industry COVID-19 health and safety guidelines update | June 8, 2020
Approval of Ontario health and safety guidelines for film and TV production sector | June 3, 2020
CMPA proposal for COVID-19 insurance coverage | June 1, 2020
Updates to COVID-19 government support programs | May 20, 2020
CMF and Telefilm COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds – Criteria and application processes | May 19, 2020
Canada Media Fund announces new program and guideline flexibility in response to pandemic | May 15, 2020
Federal government announces $115.8 million in COVID-19 related funding for screen-based industry | May 8, 2020
CMPA extends membership year to June 30 in response to ongoing pandemic disruption | April 17, 2020
CMPA questionnaire: Producers’ experiences with COVID-19 federal business support programs | April 17, 2020
COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2 | April 14, 2020
Updated information on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy | April 2, 2020
Updated: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan | March 27, 2020
Survey: Help us measure the impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian film and TV production sector | March 24, 2020
Extension of CMPA membership year in response to COVID-19 | March 20, 2020
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan | March 19, 2020
CMPA update on COVID-19 | March 16, 2020
Key provisions of CMPA labour agreements relating to COVID-19 | March 16, 2020
Union and guild agreements and force majeure | March 15, 2020
COVID-19 | March 11, 2020

News releases

CMPA’s 2020 Indiescreen Awards postponed due to COVID-19 | July 22, 2020
CMPA statement on Quebec government fund to reopen film and TV production sector and need for a national solution | July 14, 2020
Joint statement on CERB extension | June 12, 2020
Canada’s film and TV production sector faces $2.5 billion hit due to COVID-19 | April 21, 2020
CMPA’s Profile 2019 highlights economic capacity of Canadian media production industry before COVID-19 | April 2, 2020
COVID-19 Production Industry Taskforce | March 20, 2020

COVID-19 webinar series


The CMPA has launched a new COVID-19 webinar series.  The CMPA-hosted Zoom discussions featuring subject matter experts are designed to provide independent producers with the latest in-depth information to help them navigate the coronavirus crisis. These webinars are open to CMPA members only


Next webinar: Pitching during the pandemic – how to sell your project virtually via video-conference


COVID-19 may have put a hold on in-person pitch meetings, but projects are still being bought and sold online. On Thursday, July 23 at 2:00 pm ET, the CMPA will host a webinar focused on pitching in the era of COVID-19.

Register (for CMPA members only)→


Past webinars


For a listing of all previous COVID-19 webinars and information on how to watch recordings, click on the link below.

View past webinars→

Extension of CMPA membership year


In response to the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, last month the CMPA Board of Directors approved a final extension of the 2019/2020 membership year to August 31, 2020. This means that the 2020/2021 membership year, which under normal circumstances would have commenced on April 1, will now begin on September 1, 2020.

The new membership year will run until March 31, 2021. Membership fees will be prorated over the remaining seven months of the year, which represents a discount of more than 40 per cent on the usual rates.

Learn more→


Should you have any questions about your membership, please contact Lisa Moreau (Director, Member Services & Special Events).

COVID-19 Production Industry Taskforce


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 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.

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 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.