As part of its determination on the new Broadcasting Distribution Regulations, the Commission, in Public Notice CRTC 1997-25 dated 11 March 1997, announced that broadcasting distribution undertakings (BDUs) would be required to participate in the production of new quality Canadian programming through a financial contribution to be directed to an independent production fund.
In Public Notice CRTC 1997-98, the Commission announced that a BDU:
These required criteria were outlined and clarified in the Commission's Public Notice CRTC 1999-29. This notice also announced that, upon application, the Commission certify whether an independent production fund meets the criteria and is eligible to receive and administer contributions from BDUs.
In Public Notice CRTC 2001-30, the Commission amended the eligibility criteria so that treaty co-productions will no longer require 65% Canadian financing in order to qualify for access to contributions by BDUs to certified independent production funds.
In Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-833, Contributions to Canadian programming by broadcasting distribution undertakings, the Commission amended the criteria to provide certified independent productionfunds with greater flexibility to support new media projects and program development. Public Notices 1997-98 and 1999-29 remain in force and unchanged in all other respects.
The following is a list of the independent production funds that have been certified as eligible to receive contributions from BDUs. It also includes a brief description of the types of projects that the fund will provide funding to.
Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund
Cogeco Program Development Fund
Creative Saskatchewan SaskTel Equity Fund
Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia
Independent Production Fund
Le Fonds Harold Greenberg
Rogers Documentary Fund
Shaw Rocket Fund (formerly Shaw Television Broadcast Fund)
Small Market Local Programming Fund
The TELUS Fund
Supports projects which include a new media component as well as a television component. The work on the new media component must be carried out principally in Ontario or Quebec. The television component must be designated as a drama, variety, documentary, children's program or educational programming.
Eligible productions include dramatic television series, movies of the week or two-part mini-series for prime-time broadcast in English or French.
To encourage eligible Saskatchewan-based television production, Creative Saskatchewan may invest in eligible projects that demonstrate significant economic, cultural and employment benefit to the Saskatchewan industry and a high potential of recoupment and profit.
208 – 1831 College Avenue
Tel: (306) 798-3456
Fax: (306) 798-7768
Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia through The Eastlink TV Independent Production Fund program supports the production of Canadian television animation and /or live action series that are scripted and fiction-based.
Annual Reports: 2011-2012 | 2013-2014
Supports the production of Canadian television dramatic series, including dramatic series for children, for private sector broadcasters.
| Andra Sheffer
Independent Production Fund
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1709
Tel: (416) 977-8966
Supports the production of English and Fench films, as well as French documentaries, musicals, special events and videoclips.
|Le Fonds Harold Greenberg
181 Bay Street
P.O. Box 787
Tel: (416) 956-5431
|or|| Odile Méthot
President, Director General
Le Fonds Harold Greenberg
2100 Sainte-Catherine Street West
Tel: (514) 939-5094
Fax: (514) 939-1515
Quebecor Fund promotes the production of projects that include both:
Quebecor Fund currently manages two programs:
Serge Thibaudeau, CEO
Julie Guénette, Program coordinator
1030 Cherrier Street, Suite 503
Tel.: (514) 842-2497
Fax: (514) 524-9192
Provides financial support for Canadian documentary programming in both official languages.
Rogers Cable Network Fund
Provides equity financing for Canadian television programs which have a first window on one of Canada's specialty programming services.
For both funds contact:
Rogers Documentary Fund and Rogers Cable Network Fund
Rogers Communications Inc.
333 Bloor Street East, 9th Floor
Tel: (416) 935-2555
Fax: (416) 935-2527
Provides equity financing for the production of children, youth and family television programming. Fiction and non-fiction, including series, pilots, specials, documentaries, variety, animation and TV movies are eligible. Preference is given to productions in the English, French or Aboriginal languages.
Shaw Rocket Fund
630 - 3rd Avenue SW, Suite 900
Tel: (403) 750-4517
Fax: (403) 750-4635
Assists the small market, independently owned television stations identified by the Commission in Public Notice
CRTC 2003-37 in meeting their commitments to local programming.
Annual Reports: 2003-2004 | 2004-2005 | 2005-2006 | 2006-2007 | 2007-2008 | 2009-2010 | 2010-2011
Vice-President, Policy and Chief Regulatory Officer
Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Association of Broadcasters
306 - 350 Sparks Street
Tel: (613) 233-4035
Fax: (613) 233-6961
The TELUS Fund finances the creation of content portraying social and technological innovation in the field of health and wellness.
The Fund has two streams: one funds original first works made by young filmmakers and sees that these projects benefit from innovative distribution and marketing. The other stream supports productions from well-known filmmakers in addition to providing them wider international promotion and distribution.
Director, Public and Government Affairs
360, St-Jacques Street, suite 600
Montreal, QC H2Y 1P5
Tel: (514) 283-0838 ext 2022
Fax: (514) 283-2365