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DigiBC COVID-19 Weekly Update

DigiBC COVID-19 Weekly Update
22 May 2020 by DigiBC

DigiBC recognizes that our members are having an array of business challenges during this crisis, ranging from a few issues to very significant business threats. As your trade association, we are working to ensure our industry, as diverse as it is, comes out of this in the most positive way possible. Our weekly updates will have pertinent information on government policies, industry responses, and tips on getting through this challenging time. Please feel free to contact us if there is something you think should be included or if there's an issue that your business would like help with. We are here for you! Please note, the info from each of our weekly updates gets consolidated into our COVID-19 Member Resources.

Week of May 22, 2020



Government Announcements / Policies / Funding

  • Eligibility Criteria Expanded for Canada Emergency Business Account - May 19
    The Prime Minister announced an expansion for CEBA to include many owner-operated small businesses, These changes will allow more small businesses to access interest-free loans to help cover operating costs during a period when revenues have been reduced, due to the pandemic.
  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) Program - May 20
    Details on the application documents and updated criteria for small businesses are now available. This program will provide forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners, who in turn will give a rent reduction of at least 75% for April and May (retroactive), and June, to their small business tenants. Applications can be submitted starting May 25.
  • Additional Support for Indigenous Community Support Fund - May 21
    The Prime Minister announced $75 million in new funding for Indigenous organizations providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres and off-reserve.
  • CMF COVID-19 Info Hub for Screen-Based Industries
    Canada Media Fund has put together a list of assistance programs for workers and businesses in Canada’s screen-based industries, as well as news from the CMF and pandemic-related headlines.
  • Recording of DigiBC's Webinar on Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis - May 15
    PwC and BDC presented information on how businesses can access the new financial measures that were recently put in place by government and institutions.

Industry-Related News

Signal Boosting / #GiveBack / How Can I Help?

  • Shout out to Atomic Cartoons/Thunderbird Entertainment for scoring a number of Leo Awards nominations. They received six for The Last Kids on Earth, three for Hello Ninja, and three for Molly of Denali which also earned a Peabody Award nomination.
  • Congratulations to Bardel Entertainment and WildBrain Studios for their 2020 Daytime Emmy nominations. Bardel received two for The Dragon Prince, and WildBrain had a total of eight for their shows, Carmen Sandiego, Snoopy in Space, and Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10.
  • We have two more days left on our Fundrazr campaign with Backpack Buddies. Can you help us reach our goal of $5,000? We're so close! Click here for more info on how to contribute to this fantastic cause.

Upcoming Virtual Events of Interest

May 26: Build Yourself into the Social Fabric of a New Post-Corona Economy

May 28: Investment Summit Online

June 1-3: VR/AR Global Summit Online Conference

June 23: NGPX: New Game + Expo

August 4-6: Game Developers Conference Summer - Online

August 25-29: Gamescom Online

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