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COVID-19 - Sept 24th - *Please See links to Safety Measures and Guidelines at bottom of this post.
Corona Virus/COVID-19 update for filming in Canada
 
To our valued customers, crew and vendors.  We’re tremendously pleased to announce that MOP has been filming, with increased Covid-19 safety measures in place, and it has gone great !   We have shot many jobs now, both with the Director on the ground in Vancouver, and with the Director (and Client/Agency) all working remote.   Both situations have had great results and our production teams are very familiar with all aspects of remote transmitting  / remote shooting.  Being in the North American Time Zone for remote shoots has been a great benefit to many of our clients as well.
 
The situation regarding filming in Canada due to the effects of the Corona Virus is constantly changing.  For up to the minute information on how best to deal with the virus please go to the Canadian and provincial government health authority web sites listed below this message.
 

Canada / USA border:  Yes we can get your Directors, DP's, and Client/Agency in !     They will however, currently need to quarantine /self isolate for 14 days upon arrival.    Currently the Canada - USA border is allowing USA workers that are essential to the production to cross under r186(a) which is the regualtion we always use to enable access to Canada for our Directors/DP's for TV Commercial Advertising projects of a short term duration without a work permit.

Countries other than the USA: Anyone wishing to travel to BC, from any country other than the USA  (ie: UK /   European Citizens) to work, it is still a little more difficult.  If coming from Europe, the worker (eg: Director) will need to apply for a special Work Permit, and an immigration lawyer will need to be hired to do this.  The application/approval process takes from as little as 7 business days to up to 3 weeks before you can travel.  Bio-metrics will need to be done, and please note that if not currently in a major city,  the worker must fly to a major city to get bio-metrics paperwork done at a VFS Global office /  VAC  Visa application center to be submitted with the application.   Once approved, the worker can travel to Canada, but they will still need to quarantine / self isolate for 14 days upon arrival.  We will update on this situation and the timing to obtain it as soon as possible !

PLEASE NOTE: Currently anyone arriving from outside of Canada (whether USA or other country, and even if you are a Canadian citizen) must QUARANTINE FOR 14 DAYS  - no exceptions.   They must also have a detailed isolation / quarantine plan to show the border officers (we help with this!).

THE NEXT FEDERAL GOVERMENT UPDATE IS EXPECTED ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2020.

Canada Border Services page: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/services/covid/non-canadians-canadiens-eng.html

 
Means of Production will continue to help our clients with inquires about filming in Canada, please feel free to reach out to us for the latest information.
 
If you have any questions or concerns please email us at info@meansofproduction.ca.
 
MOP will closely monitor the situation and update our News page when we have more information. 
 

***IMPORTANT LINKS TO MOP FILMING GUIDELINES / COVID-19 BACK TO WORK PLAN, AND WORKSAFE BC GUIDELINES:

 
 
 
Thank you,
 
 
David Bouck
Owner/Executive Producer