COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation – Phase 1 and 2

Who can apply

New applications can be submitted to the Movie Theatre Program as of October 20, 2020 and until November 17, 2020, through the Dialogue platform. The eligibility criteria, essential information guide and guidelines can be found below. Please note that the amounts of financial assistance that can be granted have increased.

Movie theatre exhibitors who have already received financial assistance under Phases 1 or 2 of Telefilm’s Emergency Relief Fund may receive an additional contribution of $10,000 per applicant. For these applicants, no new application is required. Starting on October 20, 2020, Telefilm will contact the recipients directly through their Dialogue accounts, and they must agree to receive this contribution before October 27, 2020.

Overview of the program

The COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations announced by the Prime Minister on April 17, 2020 is an additional temporary relief measure created to help alleviate the financial pressures faced by cultural, heritage and sport organizations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The objectives of the Emergency Support Fund are to maintain jobs and support business continuity for organizations that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Support Fund complements other measures by the Government of Canada to help Canadian workers and employers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On May 8, 2020, the Government of Canada announced that a two-phase approach would be used for the Emergency Support Fund and that Telefilm Canada would distribute, during the first phase, $27 million of the $500 million Emergency Support Fund. These funds have since been allocated and disbursed to eligible Telefilm clients, the whole in accordance with the terms set forth in the Telefilm Relief Fund guidelines. 

On July 7, 2020, the Government of Canada unveiled the final components of the second and last phase of the Emergency Support Fund, including namely an additional investment of $1,755,000 to be distributed by Telefilm for movie theatres that show Canadian films as well as an investment of $1,000,000 to be distributed by Telefilm for audiovisual training and development partners.  These new investments were notably allocated and disbursed by Telefilm to eligible clients through the Movie Theatre Program and the Audiovisual Training and Development Program, which programs have ended on September 4, 2020.

As of Tuesday, October 20, 2020, the Movie Theatre Program will once again be available to all movie theatre exhibitors who have not yet received assistance under the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation (Phase 1 or Phase 2).

Latest updates

October 19, 2020

Essential Information guide - Phase 2 - Movie theatre program

A revised version of the Essential Information Guide for the reopening of the Movie Theatre Program is now available.

October 19, 2020

Guidelines - Phase 2 - Movie theatre program

A revised version of the Guidelines for the reopening of the Movie Theatre Program is now available.

Applications must be submitted online.

Key Dates

Opening Date
October 20, 2020

The Movie Theatre Program under the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund (Telefilm Allocation) will again accept applications starting October 20, 2020.

Region(s): Atlantic region, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region
Language(s): French, English

Closing Date
November 17, 2020

The Movie Theatre Program under the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund (Telefilm Allocation) will not accept applications after November 17, 2020.

Region(s): Atlantic region, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region
Language(s): French, English

Contact information

Any questions can be sent to: