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Champion Iron Provides Notice of First Quarter Results and Conference Call Webcast Details

MONTRÉAL, July 9, 2020  – Champion Iron Limited (TSX: CIA) (ASX: CIA) (“Champion” or the “Company”) announces that it will be hosting a conference call on July 29, 2020 at 8:30 AM EDT (Montreal Time) / July 29, 2020 at 10:30 PM AEST (Sydney time) with senior management, during which they will review the Company’s financial and operational results for the first quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021.

Champion’s financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis for the first quarter ended June 30, 2020 will be released prior to the conference call and webcast held on July 29, 2020, and will be available in the “Financial & Regulatory Reports” section of the Company’s website at and under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at and on the ASX at

A live audio webcast of the conference call will be accessible for a period of 90 days through Champion’s website at

Access to the Conference Call:

Tel. local & overseas:

(+1) 416 764 8688

Tel. North America:

(+1) 888 390 0546

Tel. Australia:

1800 076 068


Replay overseas:

(+1) 416 764 8677

Replay N. America:

(+1) 888 390 0541

Replay pass code:


Replay expiration:

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 11:59 PM EDT / Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:59 PM AEST

About Champion Iron Limited

The Company, through its subsidiary Québec Iron Ore Inc., owns and operates the Bloom Lake Mining Complex, located on the south end of the Labrador Trough, approximately 13 km north of Fermont, Québec, adjacent to established iron ore producers. Bloom Lake is an open-pit truck and shovel operation, with a concentrator, and it ships iron concentrate from the site by rail, initially on the Bloom Lake Railway, to a ship loading port in Sept-Îles, Québec.

The Company acquired the Bloom Lake assets from bankruptcy protection in April 2016 and following the release of a feasibility study on February 16, 2017, the Company recommissioned Bloom Lake in February 2018, and completed its first shipment of iron ore on April 1, 2018. In June 2019, the Company released the findings of a feasibility study for the Phase II expansion which envisions doubling Bloom Lake’s overall capacity from 7.4 Mtpa to 15 Mtpa. On August 16, 2019, the Company acquired Ressources Québec’s 36.8% equity interest in Québec Iron Ore Inc. and now owns 100% of Québec Iron Ore Inc., which owns and operates Bloom Lake.

For additional information on Champion Iron Limited, please visit our website at:

This press release has been authorized for release to the market by the CEO of Champion Iron Limited, David Cataford.

For further information: Michael Marcotte, Vice-President, Investor Relations, 514-316-4858, Ext. 128,


Montreal police launch new street checks guide – APTN News

Jul 08, 2020

Montreal police unveiled a new way of conducting street checks Wednesday.

It’s the first plan of its kind for both the force and the province of Quebec.

The change comes nine months after a finding of systemic racism in the force.

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LMG: Call for Tender – Caplin Road Drainage Project

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government has released a call for tender for the Caplin Road drainage project. The project will consist of installing storm sewer pipes, manholes, a catch basin as well as all associated property restoration, site clean-up and related work. The deadline for submissions is July 20, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Atlantic time. Click here for more details and to view tender documents.


Indigenous communities will be able develop their own child welfare systems, but does it go far enough? – CTV News

July 8, 2020

MONTREAL — First Nations will be able to negotiate funding for children and family services after an amendment to Canada’s Indigenous Youth and Families law, Bill C-92. But critics say the bill doesn’t go far enough.

It’s the most recent change to what the Liberals call ‘historic’ legislation to change the country’s child welfare laws. Bill C-92, passed on Jan. 1, set out a framework for Indigenous communities to develop their own child welfare systems, if agreed to by the federal government.

One key critique of the bill was that it made no mention of money, meaning Indigenous communities would need to draft the laws and pay the bill. In the foster care system, the province is usually in charge of paying for care.

That was said to be addressed on Tuesday morning, when a protocol was introduced to negotiate funding for childcare between Indigenous nations and Ottawa.

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Transportation Safety Board of Canada releases 2019–20 Annual Report

Gatineau, Quebec, 8 July 2020 — Today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s (TSB) Annual Report for 2019-20 was tabled in Parliament. The report discusses key annual statistics on occurrences in the aviation, marine, pipeline and rail modes of transportation under federal jurisdiction, and how the TSB has worked to advance safety for travelers and industry workers in all four sectors across Canada and internationally.

“Our previous fiscal year was one of both continuity and change for the TSB,” comments TSB Chair Kathy Fox. “As we continued to strive for a safer transportation system, at times under challenging circumstances, we communicated more safety information than ever through our investigation reports and public communications.”

The year in results

  • The TSB launched 66 investigations and completed 50 across all four transportation sectors (air, marine, pipeline, and rail).
  • Limited-scope Class 4 investigations accounted for 52% of the total cases closed during the year. In them, the TSB quickly gathers, analyzes and reports the facts of straightforward occurrences, freeing up resources for more complex investigations that have greater potential for advancing transportation safety.
  • Engineers, technicians and human factors specialists began 247 projects and completed 231 technical reports in 2019–20 in support of investigations. They also began 23 projects and completed 16 technical reports for foreign investigation agencies.
  • A strategy to guide interactions with Indigenous peoples during investigations was developed and training was implemented across the TSB, in alignment with the government’s priority of reconciliation and renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples.
  • In 2019–20, the TSB received 274 new SECURITAS reports, a 59% overall increase from 2018–19. By transportation mode, this resulted in a 91% increase of reports in aviation; 42% increase in marine and 34% increase in rail.

Involvement at the international level

The January 2020 downing of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 marked a tragic start to this new decade. The TSB appointed an Expert in accordance with Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation and deployed two investigators to Tehran to visit the accident site and meet with investigators from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau of the Islamic Republic of Iran (AAIB) who is leading the investigation. While our involvement is limited as prescribed by Annex 13, we continue, to the greatest extent possible, to do our part to find out what happened and why—for the families and for all Canadians.

Safety Issue Investigation and safety communications

Following a five-year investigation into safety issues in the air-taxi sector, the TSB issued its report, shedding light on risks in an important part of Canada’s aviation industry. Air taxi operators play a crucial role in moving people and goods—particularly in remote locations—but have a troubling and persistent accident history. In this final report, we recommended that both Transport Canada and industry associations step up to take concrete measures to raise the bar on air-taxi safety.

Throughout the year, the TSB also issued 26 new safety communications, mainly directed to regulatory agencies and industry stakeholders.

As well, the Board reassessed the progress achieved on a number of active recommendations. As a result:

  • By April 2020, 13 outstanding recommendations had been closed as Fully Satisfactory.
  • Since 1990, the Board has made 609 recommendations, the responses to 83% of which have led to a Fully Satisfactory assessment (up from almost 81.5% at the end of 2018-19).
  • Nonetheless, there were still 92 outstanding recommendations, slightly less than half of which date from 10 years ago or more.

Beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

An important focus looking forward will be to respond to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada’s response to this worldwide event accelerated our move to a digital workplace. Steps we had already taken, including introducing electronic and portable business tools, have allowed us to continue operating with little disruption throughout the ongoing pandemic period.

This solid foundation will serve us well as we continue to advance transportation safety during what promises to be a time of substantial change, not only in how and where we do our work but also in the transportation industry itself.

The Annual Report 2019-20 is available on the TSB website and includes the list of all investigation reports released during the year with examples of safety actions taken.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053


Bonterra Announces Changes to the Board of Directors and Granting of Stock Options

Val-d’Or, QC – July 7, 2020: Bonterra Resources Inc. (TSX-V: BTR, OTCQX: BONXF, FSE: 9BR2) (the “Company” or “Bonterra”) announces that Allan Folk has resigned as a

Director of the Company, effective immediately. The Board of Directors thanks Mr. Folk for his service to Bonterra and wishes him well in his future endeavours.

In addition, Bonterra is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter O’Malley as an independent non-executive Director of the Company, effective immediately. Mr. O’Malley is an investment banker with 29 years of international experience covering natural resources and technology companies. He has executed over $500 billion in transactions across multiple jurisdictions and disciplines including, but not limited to; mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, convertibles, commodities and liability management. He worked at Credit Suisse First Boston for some 13 years in New York and Johannesburg. He eventually moved to Deutsche Bank and was named Head of Natural Resources Investment Banking Asia-Pacific based in Hong Kong. He lived in Hong Kong for 8-years and has an in depth understanding of China’s role in the natural resources sector and in Africa in particular. He received a BA from Siena College in 1988 and a Juris Doctor from St John’s University School of Law in 1991.

Cesar Gonzalez, Chairman of Bonterra commented: “The addition of Peter O’Malley as an independent non-executive Director is another positive milestone in the ongoing restructuring of the Company. Peter’s extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions globally, especially in Asia, will prove invaluable as Bonterra evaluates all paths forward.”

Lastly, Bonterra announces the grant of incentive stock options to acquire a total of 3,000,000 common shares of the Company to various employees, officers, and directors of the Company pursuant to the Company’s stock option plan and subject to any regulatory approval. Each stock option, vests immediately and is exercisable at a price of $1.54 per share for a period of five years from the grant date.


Investor relations: Pascal Hamelin

2872 Sullivan Road, Suite 2, Val d’Or, Quebec J9P 0B9
819-825-8676 | Website:


The Huron-Wendat Nation Gives its Support to the Port of Québec’s Laurentia Project

Québec City, July 8, 2020 – The Québec Port Authority (hereafter “QPA”) is proud to announce that it has received the formal support of the Huron-Wendat Nation (hereafter “the Nation”), through its Grand Chief, Konrad H. Sioui, for the Québec City container terminal project, Laurentia. This is a historic moment for the Port of Québec and the evolution of the project.

In a letter addressed to the President-CEO of the QPA, Mario Girard, and sent to the federal and provincial governments, in particular to the Minister of Transport Canada, the Hon. Marc Garneau, and to the Delegate Minister for Transport Québec, Chantale Rouleau, the Nation highlights the essential scope of the Laurentia project proposed by the Port of Québec. Indeed, the Grand Chief expressed in his letter that this project offers environmental commitments as well as concrete actions for the region and Québec and that it will be able to respond to contemporary issues of the economy and integration through a Huron-Wendat perspective.

A harmonious and collaborative relationship
The Nation and the Port of Québec share a mutually beneficial and respectful relationship. As mentioned in the Nation’s letter of support, the Port of Québec is a gateway to international trade and allows Huron-Wendat enterprises to continue the distribution of their products worldwide. Support for the Laurentia project is an inspiration for the real desire of the Port of Québec to reflect on, integrate the Nation’s knowledge, and to offer it an active and significant role. A framework agreement to formalize and guide the discussions was developed in 2016 and has since been improved following fruitful collaboration between the Nation and the QPA. The agreement was signed in 2018 by the Grand Chief and Mario Girard.

It should be remembered that in addition to becoming the most ecological and technologically advanced container terminal in North America, the Laurentia deep-water terminal project will position Québec as a hub thanks to the establishment of a new logistics chain that will allow regional businesses as well as those in the North American mid-west to be served. The Laurentia project will mark the entry of the Port of Québec into a new strategic network and world of maritime routes and ports offering containerized freight services. The Laurentia project will allow businesses in Québec and eastern Canada to benefit from major economic advantages, access new markets as well as a new global supply chain by containers, which is experiencing remarkable growth and for which there is a very promising future. This new maritime route is intended to complement what is currently established in Canada and aims at increasing Canadian market shares that would otherwise be gained by American ports.

To learn more, watch the video between the Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation and the President-CEO of QPA here:


“It is with great pride that the QPA welcomes this support as a strong signal on the merits of this major project along the St. Lawrence. It is a respectful and collaborative relationship that we have with the Huron-Wendat Nation, and it is one that testifies to the confidence that the Nation has in the Port of Québec. We are working hard to build a modern port, one that is open to the world, and which meets the needs and specific requirements of our community and our economy. I would like to warmly thank the Grand Chief, Konrad H. Sioui, for this valuable sign of confidence.”

–    Mario Girard, President-CEO, Québec Port Authority

“The Huron-Wendat Nation is proud to be able to count on the QPA for listening and their acute sensitivities within the framework of this initiative. As mentioned in the letter addressed to Mr. Girard, we have offered our formal support for the Laurentia project. Our Huron-Wendat enterprises benefit from the activities of the Port of Québec, which is an essential service for our development and our economic aspirations while maintaining respect for our values.”

–    Konrad H. Sioui, Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation

About the Huron-Wendat Nation
When the first European explorers arrived in the 16th century, the Huron-Wendat Nation was already occupying the country stretching from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, including the large village of Stadacona, on the site of present-day Quebec City. From time immemorial to the present day, the Huron-Wendat, as fine diplomats, masters of trade and alliances, have always practised hunting, trapping, fishing and agriculture.

About Laurentia
Thanks to a joint $775 million investment by Hutchison Ports, CN, and the Port of Québec, Laurentia will be home to the deepest container terminal on the St. Lawrence with the greenest environmental characteristics in North America. Through this partnership, CN and Hutchison Ports will provide an efficient and integrated service to shippers in the North American mid-west who are trading with the northern European, Mediterranean and Asian regions. It will provide the fastest and most cost-effective access to markets on the North American continent by opening a new maritime highway between Southeast Asia and the Port of Québec starting in 2024.

Creator of 7,000 direct, indirect and spinoff jobs in Canada (equivalent to 1,750 full-time jobs/year) during its construction from 2021 to 2024, and more than 1,000 direct (highly paid), indirect and spinoff jobs in Canada once activity starts, the Laurentia container terminal will increase and secure the supply and export chain for Québec and the rest of the country.

About the Québec Authority
The Québec Port Authority is an independent federal agency established under the Canada Marine Act. Each year,
the ships that pass through the Port are at the heart of a logistics chain that carries about $20 billion worth of goods.
The Port of Québec facilitates this maritime hub, which generates and supports more than 13,000 direct and indirect
jobs, according to the latest KPMG / SECOR study.


Huron-Wendat Nation
Québec Port Authority

Marie-Claude Sioui
Political Attaché and Communications Officer
Huron-Wendat Nation
Tel.: 418-905-0088

Anick Métivier
Director, Community Relations
Québec Port Authority
Tel.: 418-473-8267


Protocol for reforming child and family services for Indigenous communities: Another step towards First Nations self-determination

WENDAKE, QC, July 7, 2020 – This morning, the Minister of Indigenous Services, Marc Miller, and Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), announced the signing of a protocol agreement establishing a new structure to support the implementation of An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families (Bill C-92). It is with optimism that the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) and the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) are welcoming this news.

Note that Bill C-92 confirms the inherent right of First Nations to self-govern while affirming their jurisdiction in matters of child and family services. It also recognizes, for the first time in Canadian history, the precedence of First Nations laws over federal and provincial legislation.

The protocol agreement that was signed today provides, among other things, for the establishment of a joint financial table. First Nations and Canada will therefore be able to discuss funding possibilities for First Nations governments wishing to take over their own services for their children and families. This is a significant step forward since Bill C–92, which came into force on January 1, 2020, made no mention of the associated funding.

The two organizations have also agreed to hold regular bilateral meetings and to establish a national policy based on distinctions through the creation of a Joint National Working Group. In addition, tools and mechanisms at the federal level will be developed to support the implementation of the Act.

“This agreement is a crucial step that should allow First Nations to develop effective long-term plans. This protocol ensures that Canada will work with our governments, but that the implementation of Bill C-92 will be led by First Nations. The wellness of our families and our children is at stake”, said Ghislain Picard, Chief of the AFNQL.

“I would like to thank the AFN and the Government of Canada for establishing a Joint National Working Group. It is a commendable initiative as it will enable us to identify and acknowledge the characteristics of the various Nations throughout the country. As Committees of Experts facilitate the implementation of the Act at the provincial level, we will be able to obtain an overall picture of the needs of our peoples,” added Derek Montour, President of the FNQLHSSC Board of Directors.

About the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is the political organization that brings together 43 Chiefs of the First Nations in Quebec and Labrador.

About the FNQLHSSC
The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission is a non-profit organization that assists Quebec First Nations in achieving their health, wellness, culture and self-determination goals.

For further information: Alain Garon, AFNQL, Communications Advisor,, 418-254-4620 –; Annie Brisson-Proulx, FNQLHSSC, Communications Web and Social Media Officer,, 418-842-1540, extension 2304 –


Quebecor Fund Announces Funding for Producers and Distributors Under its Television Production, Film Production and Export Support Programs

MONTRÉAL, July 7, 2020  – The Quebecor Fund Board of Directors has announced the projects and business models that have been selected to receive funding totalling more than $4 million under its three television production, film production and export support programs.

In the 40th round of the Television Production Assistance Program, for which submissions closed on May 1, 2020, Canadian production companies will receive financial contributions totalling nearly $2.9 million. Of that amount, $300,000 has been granted under the Support for Convergent Production component to Productions Déferlantes inc. for a project that will air on the Canadian broadcaster TVA Group Inc. (TVA). Under the Support for the Creation of Intellectual Property component, more than $1,708,650 has been awarded to six projects from Happy Camper Média inc., Urbania TV 2802 inc., Productions Les Brainers inc., Untamed Productions 4 inc., Jane Losa Films inc. and Productions Lustitia inc. The broadcasters that are investing in the development of these projects are CBC/Radio-Canada, Bell Media (Canal D), TVA Group Inc. (Évasion and TVA) and TV5. Under the Support for the Production of Intellectual Property for International Markets component, launched in partnership with the Canada Media Fund (CMF), Quebecor Fund is contributing $873,043 in this round and the CMF $823,043 for a total of $1,696,086, to be divided among five fiction projects and one documentary project produced by Encore Télévision inc., Productions KOTV inc., Productions Pixcom inc., Films Blach inc., Dans mes yeux Télé inc. and Terre Innue Productions inc. The selected productions will air on the Canadian broadcasters Corus (Série+), Bell Media (V Télé), TVA Group Inc. (TVA), Télé-Québec and CBC/Radio-Canada.

Since its inception in 1999, Quebecor Fund’s Television Production Assistance Program has supported a total of 298 projects involving 89 production companies, 48 Canadian broadcasters and 34 foreign broadcasters with grants totalling nearly $87.4 million under all of its components combined. Of the funding granted since spring 2017 under Quebecor Fund’s three programs, 25% has gone to documentaries, 24% to programs for children/youth, 27% to variety/performing arts, and 24% to drama.

Under the television and multiplatform sections of the Support for Convergent Production component, Quebecor Fund has granted a total of more than $77 million to date, including this 40th round.

Counting this 7th round of the Support for the Creation of Intellectual Property component, launched in March 2017, Quebecor Fund has provided repayable grants totalling more than $8.1 million to support creation projects in all genres that have received a financial commitment from a recognized French-language broadcasting programming undertaking (BPU).

Counting this 3rd round of the Support for the Creation of Intellectual Property for International Markets component, launched in April 2019 in partnership with the CMF, Quebecor Fund has provided Québec producers with repayable grants totalling nearly $2 million and the CMF nearly $1.5 million to increase the value of French-language fiction shows and help them break into international markets.

The Quebecor Fund Board of Directors also announced grants totalling $585,000 for production companies and distributors in the 20th round of the Film Production Assistance Program, for which applications closed on May 26, 2020. The three successful projects will be produced and distributed by the following Canadian companies: Christal Films Productions inc., Amérique Film inc., Parallaxes, Les Films Opale inc., Maison 4:3 inc. and TVA Films.

Since it was launched in September 2010, Quebecor Fund’s Film Production Assistance Program (which previously included event production) has granted 92 projects a total of more than $15 million, including nearly $14 million for 78 film projects and more than $1 million for 14 event projects.

Quebecor Fund also has an Export Assistance Program (EXAP), which supports export initiatives by funding the development of audiovisual content adapted for non-Québec and international markets as well as marketing efforts. Since its inception in March 2014, more than $9.4 million has been invested in 39 export business models with 26 partner companies, and the Fund’s partner, the CMF, has invested an additional $2.3 million since 2017. In this 16th round, the CMF and Quebecor Fund are each investing $450,000, for a total of $900,000, in the business models of the following three companies: Groupe de Divertissement Digital Dimension, Trio Orange inc. and Productions Squeeze inc.

Quebecor Fund is also introducing specific funding to promote female shareholding in the partner companies that receive support from the Export Assistance Program (EXAP). Companies that have had their fair market value assessed by an independent expert can obtain an additional contribution of up to $80,000 from Quebecor Fund to cover interest payments for five years on a loan to finance the transfer of shares to female personnel. Encore Télévision inc. and Trio Orange inc. will be the first to receive a total of $160,000 in financing to support female stock ownership.




Star Académie 2021

Productions Déferlantes inc.
– Canadian broadcaster: TVA Group Inc. (TVA)

After a nearly 10-year absence, Star Académie will be back with a splash in 2021 to delight Québec music fans and emerging artists. Its eagerly anticipated return will usher in a new era of musical reality TV, in which the focus will no longer be on stars or virtuosos but rather on creators. It’s all about the music! The 2021 edition of Star Académie will be not just a television phenomenon but a cultural phenomenon: #SAnation. Star Académie is a celebration of Québec music and talent, a launching pad for artists aged 18 to 30 who want to advance their musical careers and make a living from their art. Through their experiences at the academy and with the support of the faculty, the contestants will hone their skills in all things musical. They will have a chance to show their talent in the Sunday evening galas, accompanied by some of the biggest names in Québec music.



Bête noire

Encore Télévision inc.
–  Canadian broadcaster: Corus (Série+)

Bête noire is a series about the people involved in the tragedies we hear about in the news: a shooting, a murder, a suicide, an infanticide. Why do people do such things? What goes on inside the head of a killer? A mass murderer? What are the consequences for the victim’s loved ones and also for the families of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes?


Productions KOTV Inc.
– Canadian broadcaster: Bell Media (V Télé)

Charlotte Lessard, triple Olympic medallist in speed skating, retires and decides at the same time to break up with Antoine, the man with whom she had been planning to spend her life after her career. She stares into the void and realizes that life is not a race whose outcome she can control. Loosely based on the life of Marianne Saint-Gelais.

La Faille 2

Pixcom Productions Inc.
– Canadian broadcaster: TVA Group Inc. (TVA)

Detective Céline Trudeau investigates the mysterious hotel room murder of a former engineer who was responsible for an overpass collapse that caused multiple deaths. The plot thickens complicated when other murders follow, and even more so when Sophie’s father, whom Céline has not seen in 15 years, becomes one of the suspects.

Le 422 – season 2

Blachfilms (Films Blach inc.)
– Canadian broadcaster: Télé-Québec

Our young heroes must close ranks to face new challenges that are more personal and complex than ever. They are driven into a corner by Gamma, who forces Lou and his gang to dig deep for the strength they need to find the coveted treasure.

Le Chaos

Dans mes yeux Télé inc.
– Canadian broadcaster: TVA Group Inc. (TVA)

The lives of our protagonists, 10 diehard teen fans of the singer INVO, are forever changed by a bloodbath at their idol’s concert. Some will die. Others will live. But at what cost?


Laissez-nous raconter

Terre Innue Productions Inc.
– Canadian broadcaster: Société Radio-Canada

The 11 First Peoples in Québec and Labrador – the Abenaki, Anishinaabe, Atikamekw, Cree, Innu, Inuit, Maliseet, Mi’gmaq, Mohawk, Naskapi and Wendat nations – talk about their history, their stories, their values, ways of life, spirituality, myths and legends, pain and hope, in their own words and from their own point of view. Their voices enrich the collective narrative and the conversation about the future of humanity and the planet.


Au revoir le bonheur

Producer: Christal Films Productions
Distributor: Les Films Opale inc.

A feature film written and directed by Ken Scott. At their summer home near Havana, Cuba, four Québec brothers with little in common, their wives and their flock of kids come together to scatter their father’s ashes. When Nicolas, the youngest brother, loses the urn containing the ashes, conflicts ensue.


Producer: Amérique
Distributor: Maison 4:3 inc.

A feature film directed by Monia Chokri and written by Catherine Léger. Cédric loses his job at Hydro-Québec after making a sexist joke that goes viral. At the urging of his brother, a politically correct intellectual, Cedric goes into therapy to overcome his latent misogyny and writes Sexist Story, a liberating testimonial. Nadine is exasperated by her boyfriend’s turn toward introspection. Lacking excitement in her life, she lets herself be drawn into her mysterious babysitter’s tantalizing games. Adapted from the play, Baby-sitter is a comedy that delves into the unconscious, tattered relationships, and the will to dominate the other.

La Bataille de Farador

Producer: Parallaxes – 9215-8534 Québec inc.
Distributor: TVA Films

Charles is an accomplished game master. He flees real-world responsibilities and the constraints of real-life relationships by spending most of his time directing the action in a Dungeons & Dragons-style role-playing game. Charles and his roommates and fellow game enthusiasts Louis and Guillaume are happy in the fictional world of Farador until his sister unexpectedly returns to the country and throws a wrench into the works.

Quebecor Fund

Quebecor Fund was established through Videotron Ltd., which provides nearly $6.6 million annually in broadcasting distribution undertaking (BDU) contributions to the Canadian industry. Its mission is to support the development, production, marketing and export of high-quality content and its exploitation on various platforms. Thus far, Quebecor Fund’s programs have paid out a total of more than $113 million.

The Board of Directors is responsible for all decisions pertaining to the Fund, including its direction, and is entirely and exclusively responsible for its funding decisions. The deadline for submissions for the next round of the Television Production Assistance Program is Thursday, October 1, 2020. The deadline for the next round of the Film Production Assistance Program will be in late January, 2021. The exact date will be posted on the website. For more information, see the guidelines on the Quebecor Fund website at

For further information: Serge Thibaudeau, CEO, Quebecor Fund, 514 842-2497 /


Final Components of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations Announced

From: Canadian Heritage

GATINEAU – July 7, 2020

Canadian culture is rich and diverse. The cultural industry, a major economic driver, is facing challenges like many others because of the COVID‑19 pandemic. That is why Canadian Heritage quickly set up the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations.

Minister Guilbeault today announced the final details regarding Phase 2 of the disbursement of the $500-million fund, announced earlier this year. This final component helps address some of the gaps that have been identified by the industry across Canada since the fund was first implemented. Thus, the second phase provides support to other organizations, some of which do not normally receive funding from Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada or the Canada Media Fund. The goal is still to help maintain jobs and support business continuity for organizations whose viability has been affected.

This final component of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations will be distributed through grants and contributions as follows:

  • $45 million through the Canada Periodical Fund to assist free magazines and weekly newspapers, including those that serve official-language minority or ethnocultural communities;
  • $25 million distributed through partners to assist independent news and community radio broadcasters;
  • $20 million to Musicaction and FACTOR to help presenters in the live music sector;
  • $2.5 million to support producers of content in a language other than English or French through the Canada Media Fund; and
  • $52.1 million to various arts and culture organizations that do not normally receive funding from Canadian Heritage programs and/or did not receive funding during Phase 1. This amount will be provided as follows:
    • $8.2 million for the arts sector;
    • $27.8 million for the audiovisual and digital media sector;
    • $5 million for the music industry;
    • $10 million for the publishing sector; and
    • $1 million for arts and culture organizations that serve official-language communities.

Like Phase 1, this second phase is open to a variety of organizations and equity-seeking groups such as Indigenous, official-language minority, LGBTQ2 and racialized communities. More details are available in the backgrounder.

Simplified funding application processes have been put in place to support organizations in need as quickly and efficiently as possible. Applicants seeking emergency assistance from the Canada Periodical Fund will be able to submit their requests as of July 7. Application details for the other Phase 2 funding opportunities will be available shortly on the dedicated COVID-19 emergency funding section of the Canadian Heritage website.

The first component of Phase 2 was announced on June 18. It included $53 million in support to organizations with heritage collections through the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program. Details on the application process for small community museums will be available very soon.


“Our government continues to support cultural, heritage, and sport organizations through the final phase of our COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund. In working with the industry’s feedback, this final phase provides greater access to support for organizations that may not normally receive funding, and organizations that represent a broader diversity of communities. Most importantly, this fund will help to maintain jobs and support business continuity for organizations that have been so greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

—The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage

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