Motion Picture - Resources for COVID-19 Updates

BC's Restart plan was announced May 25, 2021. The following resources and measures remain in place:

British Columbia is open for business! 

The province welcomes all production activity to restart, resume, or begin with employers’ COVID-19 Safety Plans implemented and in place–from domestic production companies to international studios.

Creative BC will continue to update this page to provide productions with the most up-to-date and relevant information that addresses the global situation around COVID-19. Should you have specific questions, please contact the at Creative BC.

  • NEW! British Columbia implements BC Vaccine Check September 13 for non-essential services.

    Starting September 13, 2021, some events, services and businesses are required to check a person's proof of vaccination for access to their venue or space. The requirements are made by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO). Per the PHO order “Gatherings and Events – September 10, 2021”, the proof of vaccination requirement does not apply to workers at the workplace when engaged in their work activities. 

    Starting September 2nd, 2021, visitors to indoor public spaces must wear a face covering per the PHO order "Face Coverings (COVID-19) - September 2, 2021" . Film sets, including those at public venues such as restaurants and businesses, are closed to the public and functioning as a workplace with additional safety protocols in place for workers who are required to temporarily remove their mask for performance reasons.  The following definitions from Section 1 of the order can be referenced for clarity:

    “indoor public space” means the indoor area of any of the following but does not include a working area

    “working area” means an inside area of a workplace which is accessed by workers of the workplace and to which the public does not have unrestricted access;

    Stay current with information coming from the Provincial Health Office and the Provincial Health Officer's "Orders, Notices and Guidance".

    Stay apprised of changes through the BC Centre for Disease Control Employers & Businesses page.

  • The BC Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Best Practices Coalition published a set of high-level Safety Guidelines to assist productions in the safe return to work. The high-level guidelines were created in collaboration between 27 participants, including domestic and international employers, labour organizations, and industry associations.

    To further support the motion picture industry, the Coalition developed the Pandemic Production Guide. The guide is intended to support the assessment and management of COVID-19 risk in all types of production, and to assist employers in developing their own COVID-19 safety plans across departments. 

    Together, these assets serve employers of any size to access detailed health and safety protocols, guides, and best practices for motion picture production in British Columbia. 

  • NEW! British Columbia moved into Step 3 of the B.C Restart on July 1st, 2021.

    In Step 3 of the B.C Restart, employers are no longer required to develop and implement a COVID-19 Safety Plan and should instead transition to a communicable disease prevention strategy.

    WorkSafeBC has developed a guide to support employers in creating a communicable disease plan.  The guide includes a planning template to assist employers in understanding, implementing, communicating, and monitoring a communicable disease strategy.

    Actsafe has prepared an interpretation document to guide employers in creating a communicable disease plan and help productions currently working in the province transition to Step 3.

  • TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS 

    BRITISH COLUMBIA

    Recreational travel within B.C. is allowed.  This includes travel for: Vacations, weekend getaways and tourism activities; Visiting family or friends for social reasons.

    When travelling, follow the same public health guidance you use at home to prevent COVID-19, and plan ahead by checking that towns, communities and regions are ready to welcome you.

    CANADA

    As of September 7th, travellers who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption will be eligible to enter Canada for discretionary purposes.  The border remains open to foreign workers with a valid work permit, and travel restrictions are in place across all border crossings.

    FOREIGN WORKERS

    The following points outline the current Government of Canada regulations for Foreign Nationals seeking entry into Canada for employment:

    • B.C. TRAVELLERS AND EMPLOYERS ORDER: Stay apprised of changes through the “B.C. Travellers and Employers Order” under the Provincial Health Officer's "Orders, Notices and Guidance".
       
    • VALID WORK PERMITS: Provided that they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and that all other immigration admissibility criteria are met, travelers with valid or approved work permits will be permitted to travel (See links below for supporting documentation).  The type of work that is being done in Canada is not relevant for the purpose of determining whether travel is discretionary or non-discretionary. The CBSA has taken steps to ensure that this misconception is dispelled at the ports of entry. Click here for measures in place for foreign nationals in the film and television industry

    ARRIVAL IN CANADA

    • COVID-19 TESTING FOR TRAVEL: Effective January 6th, 2021, all travellers five years of age or older are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or LAMP test result to their airline prior to boarding international flights to Canada or to border agents at land crossing.  Please refer to the Transport Canada news release for full details.

    AIR TRAVEL: The test must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada and must be presented at the time of boarding.

    DRIVING: The test must be conducted within 72 hours of arrival at a land border and must be presented at the time of crossing.

    • ARRIVAL IN CANADA PROCEDURES – VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

    As of July 5th, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers who meet specific conditions and are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day-8.  In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel.

    To prepare for arrival in Canada, fully vaccinated travellers should ensure they meet all eligibility requirements and familiarize themselves with requirements for before travel, at the border, and after arrival.

    • ARRIVAL IN CANADA PROCEDURES – UNVACCINATED OR PARTIALLY VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

    To prepare for arrival in Canada, all travellers should familiarize themselves with the requirements for before travel, at the border, and after arrival in Canada.

    As of February 21, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET, all air travellers, unless exempted, will be required to:

    • reserve a government-authorized hotel for 3 nights prior to departure to Canada (online booking options available)
    • take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival in Canada
    • stay in the government-authorized hotel while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 molecular test taken on arrival
    • pay for the cost of the hotel stay, as well as all associated costs for: food, security, transportation, infection prevention and control measures
    • Travellers must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for their accommodation through ArriveCAN.
    • Travellers will still be required to complete the remainder of the mandatory 14-day quarantine after their mandatory hotel stopover.

    14-DAY QUARANTINE AFTER ARRIVAL PROCEDURES:  In accordance with the existing federal order by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), all travellers, unless exempted, must quarantine for 14 days upon entering Canada (in this case British Columbia) and will need to submit a BC self-isolation plan and complete the federal ArriveCAN application for approval prior to their return to B.C., or upon arrival. The B.C. self-isolation plan can either be completed/submitted online or using a paper form (although the recommendation is to complete/submit the form online before travel to B.C.) At this time, PHAC has not identified any alternatives to this measure.  Supporting tools:

     

  • In a letter to industries, Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed routine testing of asymptomatic people is not currently recommended in B.C.

    Employers who wish to implement screening and private testing measures - understanding that there are limitations to this approach as per the letter - must comply with the B.C. legal frameworks, (including but not limited to B.C human rights, employment standards, applicable collective agreements, privacy law, and existing and future Provincial Health Officer orders, notices, and guidance).

    The B.C. Centre for Disease Control offers all information on B.C.'s approach to testing.  For more information about testing in B.C., please reach out to the .

    The following organizations are available to provide production-specific private testing resources.  Creative BC does not endorse or vet organizations included on the list.  Productions wishing to engage with private testing organizations should do so in line with PHO guidelines per the letter to industries above.

    ➨ Airwolf Medical - Renata Lewis
          | (604) 905-8775

    ➨ Align Production Health & Strategic Consulting Inc. - Emily O’Loughlin
          | (604) 783-1253

    ➨ Aspen Care Health - Shelley McLellan (LPN) 
          | (403) 990-3837

    ➨ Bon Voyage Medical
          | (604) 447-8597

    ➨ CVM Medical - Raffy Karagossian
          | (604) 332-7700

    Empower Clinics - Tamara Mason
          | (416) 671-5617

    ➨ Fast Test- Michael Gracias
          | (778) 636-5502

    ➨ Feature Health & Safety - Alasdair Drinnan
          | (250) 764-3712

    First Wellness Testing
          | (416) 640-7480

    ➨ International SOS - Carmen Jeam
          | (403) 263-1118

    Iridia Medical
         

    – Sage Rich
          | (778) 816-0025

    ➨ Reel Nurses
          | (604) 414-9805

    Resolve Medical – Krysta VH
          | 1-855-578-9906  Ext. 388

    Rockdoc Consulting - Andrew Durham
          | 1-888-761-4001

    ➨ Screenpro Security – Lena Kozovski
          | (647) 878-6674

    ➨ SetTest
         

    ➨ Whitecap Risk & Safety Consultants
          | (604) 966-3777

    If your organization provides COVID-19 private testing for the motion picture industry and would like to be added to our website, please email the .

  • Film offices in B.C. are beginning to reopen with fresh COVID-19 protocols in place.  Productions seeking film permits should contact the appropriate permitting authority before proceeding with the application process as some timelines or protocols may have shifted during this ramp-up period.

    For filming in B.C.’s regions, start by contacting the knowledgeable staff at the regional film commission that oversees the area.  Regional film commissions know their territories, can help navigate communication pathways, and provide valuable insight into which communities are ready to go and those that are more sensitive to incoming productions during this time.

  • Individual productions will develop their own best practices related to filming on location.  Questions or concerns about filming on location should be directed to the production, who will have representatives on site.  Contact information for individual productions can also be found on the Creative BC In Production list.  If the production is unavailable, please contact the local municipal film office.

  • The following FAQ's are relevant to these programs:

    • Passport to Markets / Passport to Markets Envelope
    • Book Publishing Market Expansion Fund
    • International Initiatives
    • Industry Initiatives
    • Domestic Motion Picture Development Funds (Reel Focus BC)
      • Project Development Fund
      • Access 2020
      • Rogers + Creative BC Documentary and Factual Fund

    I have applied to the Passport to Markets Program to travel to a market or conference, what happens now?

    If the event you were planning to attend a market or conference that has been cancelled or postponed due to COVID 19, Creative BC will honour all previously approved commitments at 100% of the amount approved for funding.

    I’ve received a Passport to Markets grant to travel to a market to which a Travel Health Notice related to the coronavirus has been issued. I’ve decided not to travel. Can I get reimbursed for some or all of my expenses?

    Yes. Funding recipients can claim non-recoverable expenses in their final reports for cancelled activities and travel. Please alert your Business Analyst as soon as you have made the decision to cancel your attendance at an event.

    My organization manages a large event/conference/festival for which Creative BC funding is core. What should I do?

    At the direction of the Minister of Health and B.C.’s provincial health officer, event organizers are required to cancel any gathering larger than 50 people. This includes indoor and outdoor events, conferences, and meetings. As we move forward, please stay in touch with the Business Analyst at Creative BC you normally deal with. We have every intention of maintaining long-standing commitments and relationships wherever possible.

    My event is being cancelled due to COVID-19, can I still receive funding for expenses that have already been incurred?

    Yes. Funding recipients can claim non-recoverable expenses in their final reports for cancelled activities and travel. Please alert your Business Analyst as soon as you have made the decision to cancel your event.

    Can I postpone my event?

    Yes, we are accepting changes to project timelines. If you need to postpone your event please contact your Business Analyst.

    My project is going to be impacted by COVID-19. Who should I notify?

    If you are anticipating changes to your timeline or approved expenses for your project, please contact the Business Analyst you usually deal with. The ramifications of COVID-19 on supported projects will be tracked and will help inform future decision making.

    Can I schedule an in-person meeting to discuss my project with Creative BC?

    Our teams are available by phgone or video conference, however in-person meetings are not available at this time.

    How will I receive my cheque?

    Cheques will be mailed or funds will be electronically transferred until further notice.

    When will programs reopen?

    Please sign up for our Newsletters for information on programs and intakes. There may be changes to start dates and openings, but broadly speaking, we are hoping to maintain the schedule currently established.

    Will the Project Development Fund reopen in April?

    We still anticipate that the Fund will open in the new fiscal year. All news and dates will be announced in the Creative BC Newsletter.

    I have an application in with Creative BC at the moment for one of their programs. Should I anticipate a delay in hearing a response or processing an application?

    We are hoping to maintain the scheduled turnaround time as indicated in the relevant program guidelines. However, some delays may occur.

    Please contact our team if you have any questions. Answers to more questions will follow soon. 

  • GENERAL RESOURCES:

    ➨ ActSafe 
    ➨ AFCI Global Production Alert 
    ➨ BC Centre for Disease Control
    ➨ Canadia Media Producers Association
    ➨ Commercial Production Association of Western Canada (CPAWC) 
    ➨ Creative BC COVID-19 Resources Index
    ➨ Government of British Columbia Restart Plan 
    ➨ Labour Organizations
    ➨ MPPIA Townhall links 
    ➨ Office of the Provincial Health Officer 
    ➨ Public Health Agency of Canada 
    ➨ World Health Organization

    COVID-19 COURSES:

    ➨ Actsafe COVID-19 Safety Procedures Course
    ➨ Safe Set COVID-19 Certificate (Levels A + B)
    ➨ World Health Organization COVID-19 Training

    COVID-19 CONSULTATION:

    ➨ Align Production Health & Strategic Consulting Inc. - Emily O’Loughlin
          | (604) 783-1253

    ➨ Bon Voyage Medical
          | (604) 447-8597

    ➨ Fast Test- Michael Gracias
          | (778) 636-5502

    ➨ Feature Health & Safety - Alasdair Drinnan
          | (250) 764-3712

    ➨ The Harwood Safety Group
         (778) 689-2644

    ➨ International SOS - Carmen Jeam
          | (403) 263-1118

    ➨ Iridia Medical
         

    ➨ Reel Nurses
          | (604) 414-9805

    ➨ Whitecap Risk & Safety Consultants
          | (604) 966-3777

    COVID-19 PRIVATE TESTING:

    The following organizations are available to provide production-specific private testing resources.  Creative BC does not endorse or vet organizations included on the list.  Productions wishing to engage with private testing organizations should do so in line with PHO guidelines per Dr. Bonnie Henry’s letter to industries.

    ➨ Airwolf Medical - Renata Lewis
          | (604) 905-8775

    ➨ Align Production Health & Strategic Consulting Inc. - Emily O’Loughlin
          | (604) 783-1253

    ➨ Aspen Care Health - Shelley McLellan (LPN) 
          | (403) 990-3837

    ➨ Bon Voyage Medical
          | (604) 447-8597

    ➨ CVM Medical - Raffy Karagossian
          | (604) 332-7700

    ➨ Empower Clinics - Tamara Mason
          | (416) 671-5617

    ➨ Fast Test- Michael Gracias
          | (778) 636-5502

    ➨ Feature Health & Safety - Alasdair Drinnan
          | (250) 764-3712

    ➨ First Wellness Testing
          | (416) 640-7480

    ➨ International SOS - Carmen Jeam
          | (403) 263-1118

    ➨ Iridia Medical
         

    ➨  – Sage Rich
          | (778) 816-0025

    ➨ Reel Nurses
          | (604) 414-9805

    ➨ Resolve Medical –  Krysta VH
          | 1-855-578-9906  Ext. 388

    ➨ Rockdoc Consulting - Andrew Durham
          | 1-888-761-4001

    ➨ Screenpro Security – Lena Kozovski
          | (647) 878-6674

    ➨ SetTest
         

    ➨ Whitecap Risk & Safety Consultants
          | (604) 966-3777

    If your organization provides COVID-19 consultation or private testing for the motion picture industry and would like to be added to our website, please email the .

  • For questions or concerns about filming in general in BC, please contact at the film commission or call (604) 736-7997.