On behalf of our 27,000 members, ACTRA is calling on the Government of Canada to take immediate action to extend the CERB for cultural sector workers beyond the current 16-week maximum period until such time as regular work opportunities return.
The economic implications of COVID-19 on the screen-based media production industry have been devastating. A recent impact study commissioned by the Canadian Media Producers Association estimates a production shutdown lasting from mid-March until the end of June will put as much as $2.5 billion in production volume at risk and impact up to 172,000 jobs across the country.
Before the screen-based production sector can reopen, industry-specific health and safety concerns must be addressed and our government must ease travel restrictions for performers, directors, producers and crews.
Film, television and other cultural sector workers, who are ineligible for Employment Insurance benefits, welcomed the introduction of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to help them get through this crisis.