COVID-19 Resources

DOC has complied a selection of online links and resources to help the documentary community stay informed during COVID-19 shutdowns.  We will be adding new resources regularly:

Resources for Creators 

CBC Arts resource  list for Canadian Artists and Freelancers (Updated regularly) - CBC

CMF COVID-19 Information Hub for Screen-Based Industries - Canada Media Fund

CMPA COVID-19 Information Hub - Canadian Media Producers Association

CCA COVID-19 Information - Canada Council for the Arts

DGC List of Resources - Directors Guild of Canada

ISO Links and Resources - Indigenous Screen Office

Virtual Screenings Guide - Picture Motion

Telefilm Canada COVID-19 Updates

Writers' Trust of Canada COVID-19 Information



Provincial/Territorial Resources for Creators

Ontario Creates

Toronto Arts Council

BC Arts Council

Creative BC

On Screen Manitoba

Screen Nova Scotia


Creative Saskatchewan

New Brunswick Arts Board


Federal Government Emergency Support Programs


Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan


Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Indigenous Community Support Fund

Canada Emergency Student Benefit

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Business Credit Availability Program


Documentary-Specific Resources

The Ethics of Documentary Production in a Pandemic - IDA

Documentary Filmmaker Support Guide - Field of Vision


Informational Resources about COVID-19

Safety Standards Reference Guide - Standards Council of Canada (SSC)

CBC COVID-19 News Updates

How to access free mental health support during the COVID-19 crisis - CBC

How COVID-19 symptoms develop and how long they last


COVID protocols from around the world

Shooting protocols are being developed around the world. DOC has posted a selection here for reference purposes only. As an organization, we are not endorsing any one set of guidelines.

UK/US - Doc Society - Independent Documentary Filming in the time of Corona

UK/US - Smuggler - Guidance for Production Relating to COVID-19: Phase One

Sweden/Denmark - Nordic Film Guide - COVID-19 Film Production in Sweden & Denmark

UK - Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union (BECTU) - Safe Working on Film Shoots Under Limited COVID-19 Restrictions

New Zealand - Screensafe - COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for the New Zealand Screen Sector

Canada - Workplace Safety and Prevention ServicesGuidance on Health and Safety for Television, Film and Live Performance Sector during COVID-19

Canada (MB) - On Screen Manitoba - Manitoba Media Production Industry Health and Safety Guide