Support for your business during COVID-19

Working from home during quarantine

Your business has been impacted by COVID-19. Interactive Ontario continues to participate in discussions with various levels of government in regards to the impact of the crisis on our industry, as well as stimulus and relief measures. For those looking for support please review the resources below.

Please continue to reach out to us with feedback on impacts, current relief measures and potential new ones at advocacy@interactiveontario.com.

Support for your business during COVID-19

Working from home during quarantine

Your business has been impacted by COVID-19. Interactive Ontario continues to participate in discussions with various levels of government in regards to the impact of the crisis on our industry, as well as stimulus and relief measures. For those looking for support please review the resources below.

Please continue to reach out to us with feedback on impacts, current relief measures and potential new ones at advocacy@interactiveontario.com.

IO Town Hall Meetings

Since the pandemic Interactive Ontario has been hosting bi-weekly online Town Halls on recovery and stimulus measures. At each Town Hall we brief you on the latest advocacy efforts and results, and as the voice of the IDM industry we continue to seek your input and ideas so that we can best represent our industry at government steering committee meetings.

Town Hall with Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault

Sep 16, 2020 3:00 PM EST

Join Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault for a virtual public consultation with the Canadian screen-based production community, as part of the development of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s post-pandemic recovery plan for the cultural industries.

Register for the Town Hall

Information on Relief Measures

Government of Canada
Government of Ontario
The Canadian Business Resilience Network
The Council of Canadian Innovators
Canada Media Fund – COVID Hub
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
RBC – COVID Help for Businesses
BDC – Information for Businesses
BDO – Adapting to COVID-19
EDC – COVID Relief for Business
EDC – COVID Relief for Business
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Relief For Interactive Digital Media/Games Industry Video Series

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IDM Advisory Council

Minister MacLeod (Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries aka MHSTCI) created 15 advisory sectoral councils, including IDM. The councils provide ideas on how MHSTCI and government can collaborate with each sector on innovative approaches for recovery and growth, as Ontario emerges from the COVID-19 crisis. Here are the members representing the IDM Sectoral council.

Don Fernando, Ganz

Graham Smith, DrinkBox Studios

Jean-Sylvain Sormany, Snowed In Studios

Jeff Evans, Tiny Titan Studios

Joel Burgess, Capybara Games

Jonathan Stanton-Humphreys, Hitgrab Game Labs

Lucie Lalumière, Interactive Ontario (Chair)

Lesley Phord-Toy, Ubisoft (Co-Chair)

Mike Schmalz, Digital Extremes

Mary Sorrenti, Game Pill (Co-Chair)

Vanessa Chia, Cococucumber

Vikas Gupta, AVARA Media

Advocacy Updates

Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 Survey

To gauge the impact of COVID-19 on the IDM sector in Ontario, the Canada Media Fund (with support from Interactive Ontario and other provincial IDM associations across the country), asked Nordicity to develop a Canada-wide survey.

Measuring the Impact of Covid-19 Survey
View the Key Findings of the Measuring the impact survey
View the full Results of the Measuring the Impact Survey
Canadian Parliament

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