COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation

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 of cultural, heritage and sport organizations facing significant losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its objectives are to maintain jobs and support business continuity for organizations whose cash flow and operational viability have been negatively impacted by the pandemic and to stabilize a sector that is a major driver of the Canadian economy.

The Emergency Support Fund complements other Government of Canada measures to help Canadian workers and employers impacted by the pandemic.

Who can apply

The active Canadian parent corporation of each group of companies who have received more funding from Telefilm between April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2020 than from Canadian Heritage, Telefilm Canada, Canada Council for the Arts and Canada Media Fund for that same period.

Overview of eligibility requirements

Please consult the Guidelines for specific eligibility requirements.

All applicants and their Related Parties benefitting from this Fund must meet the following criteria:

  • Be Canadian controlled corporations
  • have their head offices in Canada and carry out their activities in Canada
  • not be insolvent or bankrupt, or in the course of the reorganization of their businesses
  • be able to affirm and attest that they:
  • have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in financial hardship to their operations, and therefore are in need for funding to ensure continuity of operations and to safeguard jobs;
  • can demonstrate a projected negative financial impact of at least 25% as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;
    • are active in the audiovisual sector, for the purposes for which they have received funding from Telefilm during the Reference Period and intend to remain so for the foreseeable future;
    • have not applied, and will not apply, for emergency relief funds from either the Canada Media Fund, the Canada Arts Council and/or Canadian Heritage;
    • are not receiving funding from other federal sources to cover the same costs
    • will use the funds according to these guidelines. Where relevant, funds shall be used to support workers such as the self-employed and freelance workers, artists, and creators; and
    • will maintain their Canadian-controlled status for at least 12-months following receipt of any funding under the Telefilm Relief Fund.

The financing provided by Telefilm under the Telefilm Relief Fund shall be used to cover the following costs:

  • costs necessary to business continuity;
  • additional costs relating to obligations inherent to suspended, canceled or postponed projects related to COVID-19; and
  • payments to support workers such as the self-employed and freelance workers, artists, and creators

In alignment with its objective to support the diversity of voices in the audiovisual industry, Telefilm is setting aside up to 15% of the funds available under the Telefilm Relief Fund to support underrepresented groups.

Latest updates

May 15, 2020

Updated guidelines

The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation guidelines are now available.

May 20, 2020

Updated information guide

The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation information guide is now available.

Applications must be submitted online.

IMPORTANT: the Applicant must have an authorized Dialogue account administrator in order to proceed with the contract. If you do not have an authorized administrator of your Dialogue account, please initiate the authorization process in the platform as soon as possible after submitting your funding request.

Key Dates

Opening Date
May 20, 2020

The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation program will accept applications starting May 20, 2020.

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

Closing Date
June 12, 2020

The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation will not accept applications after  Friday, June 12 at 8 pm (EDT).

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

Contact information

Any questions can be sent to: