COVID-19 Resources

DOC is committed to keeping our community informed and helping them adapt to the impacts of COVID-19.  In addition to our webinar series with filmmakers and other industry experts, we have curated the following selection of online links and resources.  Come back often – we are updating this page regularly:

Federal Government Emergency Support Programs

Emergency Support Fund for Culture, Heritage, and Sport

- CMF Guidelines

- CMF Assistance Programs Directory

- Telefim Guidelines

- Canada Council for the Arts Guidelines


Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Support for Individuals

Support for Businesses

Canada: C19 Health and Safety Guidelines and Protocols for the Audiovisual Sector

As production restarts in provinces and territories across Canada, each jurisdiction is publishing health & safety protocols and guidelines for the audiovisual production sector.


BC - Creative BC: Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Alberta - Guidance for the Screen-Based Production Industry

Manitoba On Screen Manitoba - Manitoba Media Production Industry Health and Safety Guide


- Guidance on Health and Safety for Television, Film and Live Performance Sector during COVID-19

- Ontario Ministry of Labour - Film and Television Industry Health and Safety during COVID-19

Quebec - SODEC: Toolkit for the Audiovisual Production Sector

Nova Scotia - Screen Nova Scotia

PEI - Film PEI

Nunavut -Nunavut Film: Return to Small Shoots Guidelines


Canadian Border Security Agency  bulletin regarding travel by foreign film & television workers to Canada from the US and other parts of the world.


C19 Guidelines and 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

- UK - Various Broadcasters - Managing the Risk of Coronavirus in Production Making

- 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

- US - First Reponse Training International - Airborne Pathogens Workplace Training

- Iceland/Australia - New York Times- Two Projects Are Filming Again. Here’s How They’re Doing It.

- US - DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Teamsters - COVID-19 Safety Guidelines to Provide Safe Workplaces in a Pre-Vaccine World

- Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers - Proposed Health and Safety Guidelines for Motion Picture, Television, and Streaming Productions During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Documentary-Specific Resources

The Ethics of Documentary Production in a Pandemic - IDA

Documentary Filmmaker Support Guide - Field of Vision

DOC COVID-19 Impact Survey Report


Provincial/Territorial Resources for Creators



BC Arts Council

Creative BC



Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Edmonton Arts Council

CARFAC Alberta



Creative Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Arts Council



On Screen Manitoba

Manitoba Arts Council

Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage



Ontario Creates

Ontario Arts Council

Toronto Arts Council




Conseil des arts de Montréal

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec


Newfoundland & Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council


New Brunswick

New Brunswick Arts Board

ArtsLink New Brunswick


Nova Scotia 

Screen Nova Scotia - Latest Update: June 18th 2020

Arts Nova Scotia



Creative PEI



Yukon Arts and Culture


NorthWest Territories

NorthWest Territories Arts



Nunavut's Path: Moving Forward During COVID-19


Other Creative Industry Focused C19 Resource Lists

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



General Information 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