CMPA COVID-19 webinars

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: TBD


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Past webinars


A listing of all previous COVID-19 webinars can be found below. CMPA members can rewatch all of these webinars by clicking here:

COVID-19 webinar recordings→



Safe production practices in the era of COVID-19

On November 19, the CMPA hosted a webinar to provide practical health and safety guidance for productions going to camera during the ongoing pandemic. Health and safety consultants with on-set experience outlined operational best practices and answered questions about how to best manage COVID-19 risks.

Canadian film festivals in the COVID era

On Thursday, August 20, the CMPA hosted a webinar to help producers prepare for the upcoming festival season. The session covered information about how to get the most out of a virtual festival experience, as well as details about how some of Canada’s biggest film festivals have pivoted, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 hosted a webinar focused on pitching in the era of COVID-19.

Digging into new provincial health and safety guidelines for the production industry

On Wednesday, July 8, the CMPA hosted a webinar focused on COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, which have been issued by many provinces across Canada. Members had the opportunity to delve into the details of these guidelines with our panel of experts, discuss employer responsibilities, as well as discuss how to build a safety plan tailored to individual productions.

Understanding employer obligations as production re-opens

With production set to resume across Canada in the coming weeks, the CMPA hosted a webinar to help production companies understand their obligations as employers. On Friday, June 19, CMPA staff and expert panelists discussed the implications of pending provincial health and safety policies, and focused on what employers need to know as they draft and implement their own company-specific guidelines.

CBC's pandemic response

On Friday, June 8, the CMPA’s President and CEO, Reynolds Mastin, will host our next COVID-19 webinar featuring the CBC. Reynolds was joined by President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, Catherine Tait, and Executive Vice-President English Services, Barbara Williams. They discussed how the CBC has responded to the pandemic and the ways they’re working with producers during this difficult time.

Taking your business global and navigating key markets with the Trade Commissioner Service

On Monday, June 8, the CMPA hosted a webinar featuring Canada’s trade commissioners from France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. The webinar focused on how the Trade Commissioner Service can assist producers in this new climate. The CMPA’s Susanne Vaas (Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs) moderated a discussion with a panel of trade commissioners who provided an overview on their territories and spoke about how local markets and festivals are adapting in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Navigating the pandemic disruption for small production companies and sole proprietors

On Friday, May 29, the CMPA hosted a webinar for small production companies and sole proprietors, to answer questions and help business owners navigate the many issues that have emerged as a result of COVID-19.  This webinar was an opportunity for participants to ask questions and seek advice on everything from navigating government support programs, to addressing financing challenges, to managing operations during the downturn.


This webinar recording has been made available to both CMPA members and non-members:


CMPA COVID-19 Town Hall

On Wednesday, May 13, Reynolds Mastin, President and CEO of the CMPA, hosted a CMPA COVID-19 Town Hall webinar. During the 90-minute session, Reynolds and staff gave detailed updates on the CMPA’s pandemic-related work. Just as importantly, the CMPA had a chance to hear from you, our members – questions about our work, concerns about the future, and updates on how this pandemic is affecting you.

Canada Media Fund support measures for independent producers

On Thursday, May 7, the CMPA hosted a webinar with representatives from the Canada Media Fund (CMF) for a discussion about how the funder has adapted to the COVID-19 crisis and its important work to assist the production community during this difficult time. The webinar featured Nathalie Clermont, VP Programs and Business Development and Rod Butler, Director Programs and Policy. Moderated by the CMPA’s Senior Director, Business Affairs, Marcia Douglas, the webinar covered the CMF’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and included a Q&A session with members.

Telefilm Canada's response to the pandemic and support for the production industry

On Thursday, April 30, the CMPA hosted a webinar with representatives from Telefilm Canada, speaking about how the funding agency is responding to the COVID-19 crisis and how they are working to assist the independent production community during this time. Moderated by the CMPA’s Chief Operating Officer, Liz Shorten, the webinar featured Christa Dickenson (Executive Director), René Bourdages (Senior Director, Cultural Portfolio Management), Bruno Légaré (Director, Event Management), Stephanie Azam (National Feature Film Executive, English-language Market) and Lauren Davis (Regional Feature Film Executive for the Western Region)

BC producer online meeting with CMPA-BC staff

On Wednesday, April 29 CMPA-BC invited all BC members for a townhall-style online meeting to share updates on the current COVID-19 situation. CMPA-BC team to outlined some of the work being done on provincial and national initiatives, as well as to answer questions and hear from members. The first half of the call consisted of staff member updates, and the second half of the call was reserved for questions from BC members.

Insurance, accounting and legal considerations for COVID-19 production shutdowns

On Friday, April 24, the CMPA welcomed three guests, who discussed insurance, accounting, and legal considerations that producers should consider when ramping down production due to COVID-19. Erin Finlay (Partner, Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP) discussed the legal implications of invoking force majeure and the steps producers need to take to ensure their companies are protected. Glen Nudelman (Partner, Forbes Andersen LLP) discussed accounting and CRA implications for producers who have shut down productions in the face of the pandemic. And Damian Schleifer (Executive Vice President, Front Row Insurance Brokers) elaborated on COVID-19 insurance issues for producers, including the deferral or cancellation of coverage.

Updates to government support measures for independent producers

On Friday, April 17, the CMPA hosted the second in its series of COVID-19 webinars. In this webinar, we looked at the federal government’s COVID-19 economic response package, including recent updates such as changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program, which were passed by parliament over the weekend. We were pleased to welcome PwC Canada’s Tracey Jennings and Matthew Dewar, a Partner at the employment law firm, Duntrune LLP. The pair focused on the implications of recent updates to support programs for production companies – from large corporations to sole proprietors.

Understanding government support measures for independent producers​

On April 9, Reynolds Mastin (President & CEO, CMPA) and Warren Ross (General Counsel and Vice-President, National Industrial Relations)  hosted a webinar for members, focused on how producers can take advantage of recently announced federal government supports for individuals and businesses who have been affected by COVID-19. Reynolds and Warren were joined by Andy Pushalik, a partner at Dentons and group leader of the firm’s Employment and Labour practice group in Toronto, as well as Tracey Jennings, a tax partner with PwC Canada in the Technology, Media, and Communications Industry group.

COVID-19 webinar recordings→