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Short-Term Compensation Fund for Canadian Audiovisual Productions (STCF)

Project type
Productions having experienced interruptions in filming or abandonment due to COVID-19
Project stage
Canadian audiovisual production companies

Program overview

The Short-Term Compensation Fund indemnifies eligible producers for reasonable Canadian production costs directly caused by an interruption of more than one day in filming or the producer’s abandonment of the production prior to the end of filming due to COVID-19, including:

  • A diagnosis (COVID-19), confirmed by a medical authority, of an actor or director declared on the insurance policy covering the project, as declared to Telefilm on the starting date of the coverage period or;
  • Any outbreak (COVID-19), confirmed by a medical authority, on set that requires a complete production shutdown in accordance with current standards required by the applicable authorities.

Who can apply

To be eligible for the compensation provided by the STCF, the applicant must: 

  • Be a Canadian corporation eligible for the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC).
  • Have and apply a COVID-19 safety plan in accordance with the current applicable sanitary requirements.
    • Ensure that the project and all its participants systematically comply with the sanitary safety measures throughout the filming, in accordance with the standards currently in effect as required by the applicable authorities and keep such plan updated.
    • Safety plan must provide for the implementation of measures in situations where social distancing is not possible and identify a person responsible for its application.
  • Hold all the copyrights in the project necessary for its development, production and exploitation, as well as the control of the project.

For national coproductions:

  • The coproducers will be required to designate one coproducer from among them to submit the application.
  • The applicant must hold the copyrights and control the project in proportion to its participation in it.

The fulfilment of the Fund’s eligibility criteria does not guarantee access to the Fund.

Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis, incumbent on earliest date of start of principal photography. However, Telefilm reserves the right to apply its discretionary judgment to ensure a diversity of projects that reflects the many perspectives of the audiovisual industry. 

At the time of the compensation request, other eligibility criteria will be taken into account.

Please refer to the STCF 2022 – 2023 Guidelines below for the full eligibility criteria and program details.


At a glance, here are the results of the STCF since its launch in October 2020.


Program Opened: March 4, 2022
Term period: April 01, 2022, to March 31, 2023 at the latest
Envelope: $150M

  • As of September 21, 2022, 532 applications have been received for a total coverage requested of $302 million, representing a total production volume of $2.1 billion for productions filming between April 1, 2022 and March 31,  2023
    • 83% of this amount is for television projects, 16%  for feature films, 1%  for web series and 0.1% for short films.
  • In terms of decisions, 519 projects have been approved to date for over $297 million.
  • 36 claims have been submitted.


Term period: April 1, 2021 to March 31,  2022
Initial Envelope: $100M
Enhanced Envelope: $149M

  • The STCF covered 713 productions between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022 for a total coverage of $450 million, representing a total production volume of $2.6 billion.
  • 22 claims received.


Term period: October 28, 2020 to March 31, 2021
Envelope: $50M

  • The STCF covered 187 productions between October 28, 2020 and March 31, 2021 for a total coverage of $105 million, representing a total production volume of $612 million.
  • 4 claims received for a total amount of $265,335.

Information about the fund

The fund will come to an end upon the occurrence of the earliest of the following events:

  • The implementation of a permanent alternative solution to cover interruptions in and the abandonment of filming due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the entire audiovisual industry;
  • Notice from the Federal Government;
  • The exhaustion or lapse of the budget envelope allocated to this Fund;
  • March 31, 2023.

Key Dates

Key dates
March 04, 2022 11:00 AM EST
March 31, 2023 11:59 PM EST

French and English-language projects with principal photography starting as of April 1, 2022 or with principal photography starting before March 31, 2022, with a portion of principal photography that takes place after March 31, 2022.

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

Latest updates

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March 3, 2022

Extended Short-Term Compensation Fund April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023

Opening March 4, 2022 to receive applications for projects with principal photography starting as of April 1, 2022.

Updated versions of the Guidelines, Attestation, and Designation Form  for 2022-2023 applications are now available below. 

February 11, 2022

Extended Short-Term Compensation Fund April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023

Guidelines, Essential Information Guide, Attestation, Designation Form, Budget template – to be published shortly

October 12, 2021

Essential Information Guide

An updated version of the Essential Information Guide for the Short-Term Compensation Fund for Canadian Audiovisual productions is now available.

April 1, 2021

Revised Pre-Eligibility Attestation

The Pre-eligibility Attestation document was revised.

March 1, 2021

New Guidelines

The Guidelines for the extended Short-Term Compensation Fund for Canadian Audiovisual Productions (STCF) are now available.

February 10, 2021

Revised Guidelines

The Guidelines were revised to make productions for which principal photography is planned to last one day ineligible.

November 10, 2020

Revised Guidelines

The Guidelines were revised to make productions that started their principal photography without the SCTF eligible.

November 2, 2020

Revised Guidelines

Guidelines were revised to clarify the eligibility requirements for broadcaster-affiliated production companies.

October 28, 2020


The Guidelines for the Short-Term Compensation Fund for Canadian Audiovisual Productions are now available.

Apply now

Please read our How to apply page for more information on the application process.

Applications must be submitted through Dialogue.

Application documents

STCF 2022 – 2023

March 4, 2022 – March 31, 2023

STCF 2021-2022

March 4, 2021 – March 31, 2022

March 4, 2021 – March 31, 2022


Any questions can be sent to:


Note: Applicants must notify Telefilm via no later than 24 hours after an interruption in filming of more than one day due to the occurrence of an Incident (as defined in the STCF guidelines).