To support the film and TV industry, Canada’s Quebec province is coming up with a temporary program. The program will help this industry to resume functioning after the halt it had due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
US film and TV productions can now resume filming in Canada if the team has no COVID-19 symptoms and have a 14-day quarantine plan. The major impediment in the process of filming for US film and TV producers is the absence of insurance cover for COVID-19. To solve it, Nathalie Roy, Quebec’s Minister of Culture and Communications have announced a $51 million program on July 13, 2020.
Under this program, financial arrangements will be facilitated at all phases of film production. The program’s details are drafted by SODEC (Society for the Development of Cultural Enterprises).
The filming of the TV series “District 31” has resumed in Canada to conclude the current season after being interrupted owing to the pandemic.
There are 2 components to the program which is part of Quebec’s Cultural Economic Recovery Plan. The plan works to help the audio-visual industry get stable again. The 2 components are:
- Temporary aid relating to the maintenance of the audio-visual sector’s production capacity
- Temporary aid for productions to resume activities after being interrupted since March 14, 2020
Film and TV workers from foreign countries destined for Quebec needn’t have a CAQ (Quebec Acceptance Certificate) to legally work in the province. These workers can work under the Significant Benefit Work Permit. So, employers in the industry needn’t apply for an LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment).
Many popular Hollywood movies were filmed in Quebec. These movies include:
- The Trotsky (2009)
- The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
- Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
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