Temporary Support in the Audiovisual Sector (Film and Television) – Section 2: Temporary Pilot Component (interruption of filming due to COVID-19)

Aide temporaire dans le secteur audiovisuel (cinéma et télévision) – Volet 2 : Volet pilote temporaire (interruption de tournage en raison de la COVID-19)



Program Type




Type of Aid


Financial Aid

Up to $1 million


This section of the program provides financial assistance to producers covering a portion of eligible expenses related to a temporary or permanent interruption of filming in Quebec as of July 15, 2020, when this interruption is the direct consequence of the infection of one or more actors or directors (who are covered under a valid insurance policy) with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), when this interruption is not covered by the general audiovisual production insurance in effect for the production. Applicant companies must apply for and obtain a letter of pre-eligiblity from SODEC before the beginning of the shooting.



  • Applicant companies must:
  • Be a legally incorporated for-profit company, established and registered with the Quebec, under Quebec control and operating mainly in a field relevant to SODEC's activities

  • Have their head office and principal place of business in Quebec, and demonstrate that the majority control of the company is held by persons with their a tax residence in Quebec

  • The company must hold all copyrights in the project and control the project's production, as well as meet the conditions of eligibility for the Refundable Tax Credit for Quebec Film and Television Production under the Taxation Act (details in Annexe A)

  • In the case of a co-production, the Quebec company must hold the majority of the copyright in the project and control its production

  • Sole proprietorships are ineligible

  • This temporary pilot component will end at the earliest of the following:
  • The establishment of a replacement program covering the interruption of filming due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

  • The exhaustion of the budget allocated to this program

  • January 31, 2021

  • To be eligible, a project must meet all of the following criteria:
  • The project meets the categories of productions eligible for the Refundable Tax Credit for Quebec Film and Television Production (details in Annexe C) or the Refundable Tax Credit for Film and Television Production Services (details in Annexe D)

  • The project must be actively covered by insurance from a company that offers insurance specifically for audiovisual production (global insurance for producers, producers' insurance, general civil liability, etc.)

  • The filming is located in Quebec

  • The CNESST's guide to COVID-19 workplace health standards for the audio-visual production sector was applied at all times throughout the shooting

  • Shooting has been interrupted for more than one day due to actors or directors infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

  • The applicant company must obtain a letter of pre-admissibility from SODEC before shooting begins

  • Ineligible projects include:
  • Any other cause of filming interruption resulting directly or indirectly from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or its mutations, which does not involve the coverage of one or more actors or directors declared to the active insurance

  • Productions with filming locations outside Quebec

  • The period of interrupted shooting for calculation purposes is limited to 14 days
  • The amount of financial assistance is based on a specific calculation formula (see here for details)

Eligible Expenses

  • Eligible expenses are limited to those in Part B of the production estimate (according to the formula used for calculating assistance)

Supporting Documents

  • Completed application form
  • Proof of comprehensive producer insurance covering the relevant persons (actors and directors) and adequate general liability insurance
  • Written confirmation of the insurance premium patyment from the broker
  • The final and detailed production estimate
  • The detailed production schedule
  • The list of locations where the production will be shot
  • The final list of the names of the actors and director of the project declared to the insurer
  • Confirmation from the producer that they have a copy of the crew statements from the film set, including actors and directors, confirming that they are following and will follow at all times the CNESST's COVID-19 workplace health standards for the audio-visual production sector