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May 11, 2020

May 11 FilmOntario Update

Provincial Advocacy

FilmOntario continues to work on your behalf to ensure that our industry not only makes it through the current economic shutdown, but that we are ready and able to get back to work when it is safe to do so. 

We continue to play a key role in the Minister’s Film and Television Advisory Panel, which includes several FilmOntario Board members as well as Managing Director Cynthia Lynch. The Panel is currently in the process of developing recommendations regarding industry relief and return to business supports. These recommendations will be a key part of the Province’s plans as it continues to roll out its return-to-work framework.

At the same time, we are continuing our own advocacy work with all levels of government. On April 24, we submitted a letter to Ministers MacLeod and Phillips, suggesting some tax credit changes that will ensure that all those who have invested in the province, but who may have had to halt production due to the current economic shutdown, will be eligible to receive their tax credits whether or not they are able to complete their productions. 

Please don’t hesitate to stay in touch as we continue to work through this time together. A reminder that Cynthia Lynch is working remotely but can be contacted by email or phone at 416-906-5408.

Federal Support Programs 

On Friday, the federal government announced more details regarding the $500 million Emergency Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations. Just over $115 million of this money will be going to the film and television industry, split between the Canada Media Fund (CMF) ($88.8 million) and Telefilm ($27 million). We look forward to further details about specific timelines and eligibility requirements coming from those organizations soon. 

A reminder that the CMF has launched an Information Hub for Canada’s Screen-based Industries, which includes both individual and business support programs, as well as some industry-specific information. In addition, detailed information about other federal government programs to support businesses, including the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and interest-free loans available through the Canada Emergency Business Account is available here. Business Development Canada has also developed a chart of all business support programs available across the country.

We encourage all FilmOntario members to inform themselves about available programs and apply where you are eligible. Please share your experiences with us – both good and bad – so that we can advocate on your behalf to improve existing programs and to identify gaps in the federal programs where provincial intervention may be more suitable.

Update from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) 

 Last week CRA sent a bulletin to stakeholders outlining their current practices related to COVID-19 and confirming that processing the Film and Media Tax Credits is one of their priority activities. As we noted in the April 20 update, they will process most claims as soon as possible, with a minimal burden placed on applicants.

If you have questions about your specific tax credit claim, you should contact the Film Services Unit.

Summer LIFT Programs

Registration for the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto’s (LIFT) summer programs begins on May 19, 2020 at 10 am and continues until registration is full. Please visit their website for registration information. Note that they will be adjusting their workshop schedule and delivery methods to accommodate the current requirement to work from home; potential registrants should check the website frequently for updates to workshop formats and locations.

City of Toronto xoTO Givebacks Video 

In case you haven’t already seen it, the City of Toronto has released a short video highlighting some of the COVID-19 relief efforts undertaken by industry members. Thank you to those who have donated supplies, time, talents and money to support our industry and the wider community as we work together to combat this pandemic.

News to Share? 

If there are any updates or announcements you would like to share with your fellow FilmOntario members, please don’t hesitate to let me know at clynch@filmontario.ca and I will include them in the next member update.


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