COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 has had profound impacts on Canada's documentary community and DOC encourages our members and all documentary filmmakers to stay safe. Here are some current resources including health and safety guidelines from provincial and territorial jurisdictions across Canada.  We are updating this page regularly.


Federal Government Emergency Support For Culture, Heritage and Sport

In April 2020, the Federal Government committed $500 million to establish an Emergency Support Fund for Culture, Heritage and Sport. Funding is being disbursed in two phases and monies designated for the audiovisual sector are being administered by the CMF, Telefilm, Canada Council for the Arts and the Indigenous Screen Office.   

- CMF Allocation

- Telefim Allocation

- Canada Council for the Arts Allocation

- Indigenous Screen Office Allocation


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 - BC Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Pandemic Production Guidelines (August 10, 2020)

Alberta - Guidance for the Screen-Based Production Industry

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

Ontario - 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 - travel by foreign film and 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

IDA - The Ethics of Documentary Production in a Pandemic

Field of Vision -Documentary Filmmaker Support Guide

DOC - Understanding the Impacts of COVID-19 on Canada's Documentary Community


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 -CBC Arts resource  list for Canadian Artists and Freelancers 

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

Canadian Media Fund - CMF Assistance Programs Directory

Canadian Media Producers Association -CMPA COVID-19 Information Hub

Canada Council for the Arts -CCA COVID-19 Information

Directors Guild of Canada - DGC List of Resources

Indigenous Screen Office - ISO Links and Resources

Picture Motion - Virtual Screenings Guide

Telefilm Canada- COVID-19 Updates

Writers' Trust of Canada -COVID-19 Information

ACTRA -Covid-19 Information


General Information about COVID-19

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

Health Canada -  Covid-19 Updates

CBC -COVID-19 News Updates

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




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