Producers groups in English and French-speaking parts of Canada welcomed on Wednesday (February 10) the national government’s extension and increase of Covid compensation through March 31, 2022.
Canadian heritage minister Steven Guilbeault announced that the Short-Term Compensation Fund (STCF) for Canadian audiovisual productions launched last autumn in support of productions has expanded by $50m CAD to $100m CAD.
Telefilm Canada administers the fund, which according to reports has enabled around 50 productions to the finish line despite Covid cases or interruptions due to the virus.
“Throughout the pandemic, Minister Guilbeault and the federal government have been strong allies for Canada’s film and television production industry,” said Canadian Media Producers Association president Reynolds Mastin and L’Association Québécoise de la Production Médiatique president Hélène Messier.
“Today’s announcement will ensure that cameras remain rolling across the country and, with the continued execution of strict health and safety protocols, thousands working in film and TV will remain employed.”