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Telefilm Canada Releases Details of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Top-Up for Underrepresented Communities

18 June 2020

As previously announced, approximately 15% of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation was reserved to provide additional support to clients of underrepresented identities and communities, who have historically been disadvantaged.

This top-up is only available for existing, eligible clients who have already received emergency funding from Telefilm in the first phase (ending June 12) and have, as part of their application, confirmed that their company is predominantly owned and controlled by a:

  • Visible minority/Racialized person
  • Person with disabilities
  • LGBTQ2+ person
  • Indigenous person
  • Person of an official language minority community
  • Woman

Amendments on contracts signed to date will be generated starting June 22. No additional application is required. The amount of the upcoming top-up amendment will be communicated to the recipients through Dialogue.

We need our industry to remain vibrant and having a diversity of voices is key. Telefilm acknowledges that Canadian creators of underrepresented identities experience particular challenges in obtaining financing. This funding will provide the additional financial support to help these businesses remain resilient. This mechanism is a vehicle to address some of these inequities.


For the additional help provided to regional companies, please see this industry advisory.
Details for the top-ups reserved for interrupted shoots will be released shortly in the form of an industry advisory.

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