COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines for Northern Ontario
FRAMEWORK FOR REOPENING
Ontario is gradually reopening businesses, services and public spaces on a regional basis. Our province’s reopening is being guided by a three-stage framework that outlines the principles we are using to reopen businesses, services and public spaces.
Northern Ontario is in Stage Three as of July 17th, 2020.Stage Three allows for the opening of most businesses and services and all public spaces, with health and safety measures in place, and a continued emphasis on personal responsibility. Northern Ontario regions are now permitted to resume film activity subject to maintaining physical distancing between individuals on set whenever possible. Refer to the quick links list in yellow to connect with Health and Safety Guidelines, Northern Ontario Public Health Units and Testing sites and with the array of information and services that will help workers and businesses foster a safe environment as production activity returns.
COVID-19 PRODUCTION PLAN
While the provincial government does not require health and safety guidelines to be submitted by employers, all companies operating in Ontario are required to have a COVID-19 plan in place for their production. Regional and municipal film offices might also ask production companies to indicate that they have a plan as part of the location permitting process.
Travel and Borders
Can I travel to other Jurisdictions in Ontario for work?
The Province of Ontario does not have travel restrictions in place within the Province.
Can I travel to other provinces or countries for film work?
Travellers within Canada will be subject to a health check prior to boarding any domestic flights. For up-to-date information on Domestic and International travel, please click here.
Can my cast/crew travel from international destinations to work in Ontario?
International travel is restricted, but travelers from the US can enter under the Immigration Mobility Program and get a permit at their point of entry. Individuals who are able to enter Ontario must quarantine for 14 days and be prepared to provide evidence of a quarantine plan to border officials. Toronto Pearson airport is accepting passenger flights from international locations. Health Canada offers helpful information about travel restrictions.
Other Northern Ontario Resources
Visit our page for everything you need to know about government, funding agencies, unions, and industry associations.
Click here for information on support for crew, musicians, producers, suppliers and more.
Click here for the Canada Border Services Agency one-pager regarding the Film & TV industry during COVID-19.