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Federal Government Announces Insurance Help for Canadian Film Industry

By September 25, 2020 October 13th, 2020 No Comments

The Government of Canada is introducing a temporary support measure to allow the Canadian film industry to get back on its feet.

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced today an initiative to compensate for the lack of insurance coverage for COVID-19–related filming interruptions and production shutdowns in the sector.

The Short-Term Compensation Fund for Canadian audiovisual productions is a response to a pressing demand of producers that was identified at roundtables and meetings held by Minister Guilbeault. The fund will make as much as $50 million available for the industry.

Administered by Telefilm Canada along with the Canada Media Fund, this funding will compensate independent production companies for the interruption or shutdown of an eligible audiovisual production, due to confirmed cases of COVID-19.

This funding is in addition to the support measures and financial assistance previously announced for the culture, heritage and sport sectors.

Background:

  • The Short-Term Compensation Fund for Canadian audiovisual productions is a temporary measure administered by Telefilm Canada, which will fill the void left by the lack of insurance coverage for filming interruptions and production shutdowns due to COVID-19 in the audiovisual production sector. The fund will make as much as $50 million available for the industry.
  • The maximum compensation will be $1.5 million in the case of a temporary interruption and $3 million in the case of a complete shutdown of production.
  • More information on the implementation of this new fund, including its terms and conditions, will be released by Telefilm Canada in the coming weeks.
  • Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations
  • The audiovisual industry also has access to the $500-million COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations.
    • Of this amount, $147.3 million is dedicated to the audiovisual sector and will be distributedby Telefilm Canada ($27 million) and the Canada Media Fund ($120.3 million).
    • This includes $2.5 million for third-language producers, $10 million for the digital media industry, and $19 million for film and television producers (in association with TelefilmCanada).