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Newsletter - April 2020

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QFTC's Newsletter - April 2020

 

THE QFTC SITUATION

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The current crisis is hitting the entire audiovisual industry very hard. Whether it be a production company, a visual effects studio or a Location Manager, we are all going through difficult times. The QFTC included which is why we’ve had to make some adjustments.

Therefore, the QFTC will continue its usual activities until April 9th inclusively. Following this date, please note that there will be a temporary reduction of our effectives.

All of our strategic projects will be maintained. The QFTC, like many of you, has already rationalized its expenses. In view of the current situation, we have decided to extend our membership for a period of three months, until July 1, 2020.

We are still planning to hold our Annual General Meeting in June, but it will most likely be in a new format. The implementation of the new provincial photo library as well as measuring the impact of the current crisis are among the projects we are working on.

As of April 14th and in order to be able to properly manage the various projects, please contact Chanelle Routhier, Commissioner, Film & TV, Province of Quebec, for all requests related to promotion & production services, Romain Paulais, Director of the Audiovisual Cluster, for all questions concerning the Cluster and/or the CEO, Pierre Moreau, for any other questions and/or requests.

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Stay safe and, above all, healthy.

The QFTC team

 

MEASURES IMPLEMENTED BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF: QUEBEC AND CANADA

Two short surveys were sent to visual effects, animation as well as production service companies in order to measure the impact of the crisis related to COVID-19. The initial results revealed a need for you to receive information on the measures announced by the various governments.

We have therefore contacted our different partners which are experts on these issues in order to better guide you.

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The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal has put in place a toolkit containing information on programs and resources available to entrepreneurs from governments, economic development organizations and some private sector players; it will be updated from time to time as the offer evolves.

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NBC keeps you informed of the various measures put in place by governments to support businesses. It also remains at your disposal for any financial questions through its account managers, do not hesitate to contact them! Several webinars are also planned in the coming weeks.

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The accounting and consulting services firm, Demers Beaulne, has set up comprehensive files to learn about your responsibilities as an employer, measures to support your financial health, their commitment and much more.

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While the stay-at-home orders are in effect, Entertainment Partners wants to help production professionals make the most of this time of social distancing by investing in themselves. They have created two new opportunities: the Master Series, Your Guide to Intelligent Production, a series of free, live webinars focused on the business of production, designed specifically for professionals in the studio offices and back office, either on set or on location. And, for those interested in production accounting, they’re introducing the eLearning Academy, a series of online courses with certification including training on the most recent technology tools needed to set them up for success. The Academy courses are free for freelancers through May 15th. Please join them for one or both of these opportunities.

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Get a regular update on the latest immigration measures affecting temporary foreign workers and their families (work permits, travel, etc.) as part of the COVID-19 crisis on Montréal International.

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Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton proposes an action plan for SMEs over a period of three to six months in order to minimize and control the financial, human, strategic and operational impacts and, as such, to plan the relaunch of activities in 8 concrete actions.

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Due to COVID-19 and its strong impact on businesses, the city of Montréal is offering emergency financial support and is taking measures to help businesses deal with the challenges they face in this unprecedented situation.

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During this unique time, decisions and new actions taken by governments are changing rapidly. We will try to keep you informed of these new measures as quickly as possible. If you haven't already done so, we encourage you to follow us on our social networks: FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter as this is the best place to follow our latest news.

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