Montréal / Toronto, July 7, 2020 – Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault today announced that an additional $27.8 million in funding has been designated for Canada’s audiovisual sector as part of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations.
Administered by Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund (CMF), the Phase 2 funding will provide financial assistance to additional companies and organizations that were not eligible for Phase 1 of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.
More details on how this new Phase 2 funding will be allocated and disbursed will be announced as soon as possible.
“The screen-based industry is a complex ecosystem made up of many people working in hundreds of thousands of different and important jobs, and each of them plays a key role in the success of Canada’s film, broadcast, and interactive digital media sectors,” said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, Canada Media Fund. “The federal government’s Phase 2 emergency relief fund means that we can support more of our talented creators and producers to weather the pandemic and continue the vital work our audiovisual industry needs to remain a vibrant and international powerhouse."
“The industry has been vocal about the need for additional support to cover members of the film and TV community that were not able to access the initial round of funding,” said Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. “We welcome this injection of much needed financial assistance and thank Minister Guilbeault for ensuring that Canada’s audiovisual industry remains resilient.
“Our sector continues to be heavily impacted by the pandemic even as our economy reopens. This additional support is much needed to help ensure the survival of companies that are vital to the audiovisual sector.”
Phase 1 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund saw $88.8M in support delivered by CMF and $27M for Telefilm clients. Allocations of approximately $13.3M (CMF) and $4M (Telefilm) to support underrepresented communities in the industry were recently announced.
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About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca.
The CMF has put in place an online information hub to help Canadian workers and companies in Canada’s screen-based industries navigate the many programs and resources available to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Information on financial support offered through more than 165 programs, as well as other essential resources can now be found at covid.cmf-fmc.ca.
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