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COVID-19 Information affecting the creative industries in British Columbia

British Columbia's response to COVID-19

Visit the Province of British Columbia’s website for all updates and restrictions lifting as of March 2022. 

Employers

As of April 8, 2022, businesses will no longer need a COVID-19 safety plan. They must follow communicable disease guidance from WorkSafeBC.

Paid Sick Leave | Effective January 1, 2022, you can take up to 5 days of paid leave per year for any personal illness or injury. Your employer may request reasonably sufficient proof of illness.

Proof of Vaccination

Starting April 8, proof of vaccination will no longer be required to access businesses, events and services in B.C. 

Learn more about proof of vaccination here on the Province of British Columbia’s website.

Gatherings Restrictions

Personal gatherings

There are no restrictions on indoor or outdoor personal gatherings.

Organized gatherings and events

There are no capacity restrictions on indoor or outdoor gatherings and events.

 

Travel

NEW!  Effective April 1, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to provide a pre-entry test to enter Canada.  Read the news release for more information.

Prepare for travel into or within Canada with the following resources:

Information for the Motion Picture Industry

B.C.'s Motion Picture Industry COVID-19 Updates

Click here for current news, resources and restrictions regarding the motion picture industry in British Columbia.

Information for Grants + Funding

FAQs for Book + Magazine Publishing Funding Recipients
The following FAQs are relevant to these programs:

  • Book Publishing Market Expansion Fund
  • International Initiatives
  • Industry Initiatives

I have applied to the Market Expansion Fund to travel to a fair, 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 the Market Expansion Fund to travel to a fair 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. 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 phone or video conference. 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.

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.

FAQs for Interactive + Digital Media Funding Recipients

The following FAQs are relevant to these programs:

  • Passport to Markets / Passport to Markets Envelope
  • International Initiatives
  • Industry Initiatives
  • Interactive 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. provincial health officer, event organizers are required to cancel any gathering larger than 250 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 phone or video conference. 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.

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. 

FAQs for Domestic Motion Picture Funding Recipients

The following FAQs 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. 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.

 

FAQs for Music + Sound Recording Funding Recipients

Contact Creative BC team directly