COVID-19 Information & Resources

June 23, 2020

On Screen Manitoba continues to closely monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this page is to share important links to notices and recommendations from the Government of Canada, the Government of Manitoba,  and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding health implications along with the links to various COVID-19 announcements and programs relative to the Media production industry. This page will be updated regularly.

We are pleased to share the Manitoba Media Production Industry COVID-19 Safety and Health Guide (updated July 3, 2020) with you. This Guide has been endorsed by many production companies in Manitoba. All Manitoba production companies are encouraged to add their signatures to the undertaking by filling out this form. Additional inquiries or questions can be directed to Nicole Matiation, Executive Director.

This guide is supplemental to, and is not a replacement for, the requirements stipulated by the Government of Manitoba to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The intention is to provide recommendations/best practices to assist employers, employees, contractors and others regarding implementation of the distancing, cleaning, hygiene, and related practices required by Manitoba Government regulation. The Guide was developed by the On Screen Manitoba Producer Committee and included researching best practices in other jurisdictions, interviews with crew members and review by local industry stakeholders including IATSE 856, DGC and ACTRA, the City of Winnipeg Film and Events Office, Manitoba Film & Music and Film Training Manitoba through the Manitoba Media Production Industry Working Group. On Screen Manitoba will update the Guide regularly and provide additional resources as they come available.

Here is a link to view a video of the Industry-wide Information session on COVID-19 Health and Safety held on Thursday, June 4,  lead by Kyle Irving (Eagle Vision) and Lesley Oswald (Production Manager) as well as a link to view the presentation as a PDF.

On Screen Manitoba is working with Film Training Manitoba and other local stakeholders to develop COVID-19 Health and Safety Training Sessions:

Information & Resources

The Government of Canada

The Economic Response Plan to COVID-19 includes a variety of measures, below are some highlights:

  • Support for Individuals
  • Support for Businesses (both for profit and not-for profit)
    • Wage subsidy for small businesses, for-profit and not-for-profit companies may receive up to 75% in wage subsidies for three months, retroactive to March 15, if their business has experienced a 30% or more drop in revenue (additional details to be released this week).
    • Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) will provide $65 billion in credit solutions for small and medium businesses through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Export Development Canada (EDC) and private lending institutions. These programs will be rolled out over the three weeks following March 27, and interested businesses should work with their current financial institutions.
      • The Canada Emergency Business Account, will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced.
      • Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program. EDC is working with financial institutions to issue new operating credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million to SMEs.
      • Co-Lending Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. BDC is working with financial institutions to co-lend term loans to SMEs for their operational cash flow requirements. Eligible businesses may obtain incremental credit amounts of up to $6.25 million through the program.

Canadian Heritage COVID-19 information page

The Government of Manitoba

The Government of Manitoba declared a state of emergency starting March 20, and continuing on through July 15. Additional measures and programs are being introduced to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including a comprehensive online resource. Please see links and key highlights below.

For Individuals and Businesses

Key announcements affecting businesses

Legal and HR Information on How to Manage COVID-19

Many legal and HR firms are providing information on a range of issues relative to COVID-19 that affect businesses and the workplace. Here are some examples from On Screen Manitoba Service Supplier members:

Local, national and international media production industry stakeholders initiatives

This includes measures by funders to expedite payments, a National COVID-19 Task Force, efforts to provide hospitals with needed supplies, and funds to support industry professionals unable to work due to the production stoppage. To follow updates from funders and other stakeholders, please see below:

Re-opening plans for other provinces:

Return to work Guide ACTRA – Toronto

Quebec Toolkit for the Audiovisual Production Sector

Ontario film, TV production to reopen with regional approach (Playback Online)

Health Manitoba recommends the following to help reduce the spread COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands wash frequently;
  • Avoid touching your face;
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue and dispose of it immediately or do so in the crook of your elbow if tissue is not available;
  • Stay home as much as possible;
  • Minimize prolonged (over 10 minutes) close contact (less than 2 meters / six feet) with other people in public;
  • Follow the recommendations of Health Manitoba regarding group gatherings both public and private, inside or outside;
  • Disinfect frequently-used surfaces regularly; and,
  • Following public health recommendations relating to self-monitoring and self-isolation if you have recently travelled or have come into contact with someone diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257.

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