- Brampton Film & Television Office (BFTO) - COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines & Updated Processes
The following safety guidelines, protocols and information apply to all location filming activity which takes place on City of Brampton property and supplements or supersedes the Ontario Section 21 Health and Safety Guidelines, where applicable. These special protocols will be in place until such time health officials advise that it is safe to modify or remove them. The City of Brampton is working closely with its partners at Peel Public Health and our Brampton Emergency Management Office to continue to monitor risks.
Please contact BFTO for more information on any of the following:
- Access to certain City of Brampton-run facilities (for filming, holding or washroom access) and other City services and equipment rentals may not currently be available. Additional services may be available with advanced notice (i.e. aggregate delivery, sign removal, etc.). Visit www.brampton.ca/reopening to understand which City spaces are currently opened and closed.
- In anticipation of the film industry’s safe return, the City of Brampton has indicated many assets to allow for controllable filming activities. In addition, lines of communication with private organizations interested in working with the industry have been established.
- Productions will be encouraged to film in public areas during off-peak hours with essential cast and crew only. Filming details must be reviewed and approved by BFTO, and extra advanced notice will be required.
- Complex scenes that run the risk of increased physical touchpoints with public property must be discussed with and approved by BFTO before applying.
- Location Scouts & Site Tours
During location scouts & site tours City and Regional policies and bylaws must be observed at all times:
- COVID-19 Mandatory Mask or Face Covering By-law: Based on the advice of Peel Public Health, starting Friday, July 10, non-medical masks or face coverings will be required in all indoor public spaces in Brampton. This by-law will remain in effect until 12:01 am on October 1, 2020. All visitors entering a public indoor premise in Brampton are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. More info can be found here: https://letsconnect.brampton.ca/covid-19-mandatory-mask-or-face-covering-by-law
- The maximum number of persons permitted at any Brampton site is 10 including City staff. Productions must minimize personnel on-site as much as possible.
- Location Filming Considerations in the Community
- Productions must use BFTO's new letter of notification template, which includes links to guidelines for detailed safety information and an updated Code of Conduct for Cast and Crew.
- In response to COVID-19, the Brampton Film & TV Office has revised the neighbourhood petition and/or approval/objection solicitation process to limit the physical interactions between film crews and residents/businesses as much as possible.
- Productions will no longer canvas door-to-door and will letter required residents/businesses with a release form indicating their intention to film. Residents/businesses will then be asked to object by phone or email. If a majority do not object to the intention to film, a film permit will be issued.
- See Appendix A below for a detailed step-by-step guide for the new process.
- Parking Considerations – All productions seeking parking considerations in neighbourhoods may continue to apply online contact BFTO with any questions on this process.
- Keep in mind, however, the only parking offences which will be waived by this Parking Consideration are:
- Parking between 2AM and 6AM
- Parking for more than three hours; and
- Parking a Large Motor Vehicle, provided the vehicle is designed for recreational use (with or without an attached recreational trailer, if applicable).
- Downtown Brampton Considerations
BFTO is working closely with the Downtown Brampton Business Improvement Area to minimize any disruption to businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- No film permits will be issued during these dates and times:
- The Brampton Farmers’ Market will be held every Saturday from June 27 until October 24, 2020. ROAD CLOSURES: Queen Street (from George Street to Theatre Lane) and Main Street (from Wellington Street to Theatre Lane) will be closed from 6AM to 2PM each Saturday.
- Patio Brampton Program: Under this temporary patio extension program, many Downtown Brampton bars and restaurants are permitted to expand their patios and allow for physical distancing - productions must work with the City and businesses assess filming activity impact
- Some production vehicles parking restrictions may apply when filming in Downtown Brampton, please contact and communicate with BFTO before lettering residents or businesses in the Downtown Brampton.
- All pay-and-display parking lots in Brampton are now open
- Road Occupancy & Access Permits
Road Occupancy & Access (ROA) Permits are actively being issued, but all film activity ROA Permits will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- No blanket exemptions for Brampton Traffic bylaws – case-by-case considerations
- No ROA Permits will be issued along Interim bike lanes and must be avoided for all filming activity:
- Vodden Street (Ken Whillans Dr. to Howden Blvd.)
- Howden Boulevard (Vodden St. to Central Park Dr.)
- Updates on Road improvement & construction projects across the City of Brampton are mapped online here
- Major Road Closures and Construction areas:
- Clarence Street (from Kennedy Rd. to Centre St. S. – both directions) for rolling Region of Peel sewer replacement project - until August 31, 2020
- McLaughlin Road (From Mayfield Rd. to Wanless Dr. – both directions) for road widening construction – until September 18, 2020.
- Scott Street bridge (from Nelson St. E. to Scott St.) is closed to car and truck traffic until further notice due to safety reasons.
- Torrome Road (from Queen St. E. to John St. – both directions) for condominium construction – until May 31, 2021.
- City of Brampton Administration Response & Considerations
- Brampton Film & TV Office staff are working remotely until further notice. However, they can be made available to facilitate site tours and meetings where necessary. Site tours and meetings should be performed via virtual meetings, videos and photos as much as possible.
- Also, until further notice, visits to BFTO are not possible. All filming permit documents must be filled-out and signed digitally, uploaded digitally and submitted via email. All final Brampton filming permits will continue to be sent via email.
- Location filming permits may be subject to revision if they conflict with any public health measures and safety restrictions in place at the time of application.
- Productions will be asked to resolve payments of any City of Brampton invoices, contracts and security deposits through cashless methods
- Appendix A - COVID-19 Signature Permission Process
The Process for Collecting “Signatures”
1. BFTO advises Location Manager of the need for signatures, provide a map or specify addresses for the collection of those signatures, once a filming application is received.
2. Production representative to submit Signature Release Form to BFTO for approval (i.e. to ensure the 24-hour response date/time is clearly stated and contact info is provided)
3. Obtaining signature - Production representative must always wear hi-viz clothing, and a mask, provided by production upon delivering Signature Release Forms.
4. While delivering individual Release Forms, the production representative must take photo records of the forms in the mailbox and a photo of the home that includes the address. These photos are to be kept on file by the production for proof of delivery.
5. Production representative is to collect via email and/or phone call any objections from residents.
6. Production representative is to keep records of all objection phone calls and all emails received and then provide BFTO with the records of all objections and a map of the objections received, (indicate using an "E" for email and "P" for phone call).
7. Complaints concerning not receiving a release notice can be solved with the records of pictures taken of the household (process #4).