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Hollywood can resume filming in Canada

U.S. film and TV producers are starting to resume rolling in Canada even with travel restrictions.

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U.S. film and TV productions are coming back to Canada.

Coronavirus caused film productions to shut down in March, and now major centres like Toronto are once again distributing film permits.Travel restrictions might even boost Hollywood’s interest in producing films in Canada, according to The Hollywood Reporter. With limited flights and travel restrictions blocking other markets, Canada might be a viable option. The relative strength of the U.S. dollar against the Canadian currency also helps cut costs for American producers. 

However, if film and TV production workers want to get past Canada’s travel restrictions, they cannot have any symptoms of coronavirus and they must be able to quarantine for 14-days.

They will also have to demonstrate to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer why they need to be in Canada to carry out their employment.

Travellers should also consult the respective provincial/territorial websites to ensure that they [can abide by their] quarantine and public health requirements…” CBSA wrote to CIC News in an email, “In all port of entry cases, the final decision is made by a Canada Border Services Agency officer, based on the information available to them at time of processing. ”Canadian work permits for film and TV Foreign film and TV personnel are exempt from the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which is required of many work permit holders. LMIAs help determine the need for foreign workers in a specific sector or occupation. They are also meant to ensure that a foreign worker is not taking an open position that a Canadian worker could fill.

Film and TV crewmembers, actors, and other workers are eligible for the Significant Benefit Work Permit. LMIAs are not needed for this permit because film crews in Canada have a significant cultural and economic benefit to the country. As a result, the positive effects of issuing the work permit to film and TV workers outweigh the potential negative consequences that could result from not doing an LMIA.