The Commercial Production Association of Western Canada has developed and implemented a series of protocols in order to reduce risk and operate safely under the threat of COVID-19 in BC. These protocols were developed to exceed the current Worksafe BC guidance on operating in BC as a non-essential business, and have been developed and reviewed by an occupational health and safety consulting firm to ensure compliance with Worksafe BC and all around safety to our workers and the public.
Yes. As a non-essential business, a commercial producer can operate as long as it develops an Exposure Control Plan and meets or exceeds the Worksafe BC guidelines for worker safety. Certain scripts can not be filmed at this time without the use of post production: Crowd scenes or close interaction between strangers, for example.
Please note that as of June 11, 2020, there is a 14 day mandatory quarantine for anyone entering Canada from outside the country, and that only essential services personnel are allowed to enter Canada at this time. This would appear to include Commercial Directors however this has not yet been tested.
Here is a link to the Worksafe COVID-19 safety plan, which all commercial productions will need to execute:
Here is a link to the Worksafe COVID-19 Motion Picture and Television Protocols:
Workers will be given a brief instructional tutorial about COVID-19, how it spreads and how we can prevent infection: https://youtu.be/L5De6qjTEEk
Additionally, all workers will be learning:
How to don and doff a surgical (cloth) mask: https://youtu.be/OABvzu9e-hw
How to don and doff an N95 mask: https://youtu.be/aQfzdeNUZI4
How to don and doff disposable gloves: https://youtu.be/kesQF_G3pQ8
CPAWC COVID-19 Response Plan - Summary of the plan in greater detail (23 pages)
CPAWC Recommended COVID-19 Work Procedures for Commercial Production (34 pages)
CPAWC Filming Protocol infographic (24 pages)
CPAWC Supplier Directory
CPAWC COVID 19 Response Summary (This Document)