List of Certified Independent Production Funds

The Commission announced in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-86 that it will review its policies for Certified Independent Production Funds in 2015 to ensure they allow greater flexibility in the funding of Canadian programs. The Commission will also develop strategies to incent:

  1. international co-productions and co-ventures;Footnote 1
  2. promotion;
  3. international distribution; and
  4. audience success.

Current requirements relating to Certified Independent Productions Funds are below.

How to apply

Section 52 of the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations states that:

Except as otherwise provided under a condition of its licence, a licensee shall make, for each broadcast year, the following contributions to Canadian programming based on its gross revenues derived from broadcasting activities in that year:

(b) to one or more independent production funds, a contribution of 1% of gross revenues, of which 0.4% of gross revenues shall be made to the Small Market Local Production Fund; and

In Public Notice CRTC 1999-29 the Commission outlined the criteria that it would use to  certify whether an independent production fund 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 production funds 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
Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia
Independent Production Fund
Le Fonds Harold Greenberg
Quebecor Fund
Remstar’s Fund
Rogers Documentary Fund
Saskatchewan Film and Video Development Corporation (SaskFilm)
Shaw Rocket Fund (formerly Shaw Television Broadcast Fund)
Small Market Local Programming Fund
The TELUS Fund
Telefilm Canada

Bell Broadcast and New Media 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.

Contact:

Andra Sheffer
Executive Director
Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1709
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1J3
Tel: (416) 977-8154
Fax: (416) 977-0694

Email: bellfund@ipf.ca
  or  

Claire Dion
Assistant Director General
Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund
4200 St. Laurent Blvd., Suite 503
Montreal, Quebec
H2W 2R2
Tel: (514) 845-4334
Fax: (514) 845-5498

Email: fondsbell@ipf.ca

Cogeco Program Development Fund

Eligible productions include dramatic television series, movies of the week or two-part mini-series for prime-time broadcast in English or French.

Contact:

Andra Sheffer
Executive Director
Cogeco Program Development Fund
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1709
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1J3
Tel: (416) 977-1762
Fax: (416) 977-0694

Email: info@ipf.ca
  or  

Claire Dion
Assistant Director General
Fonds Cogeco de développement d'émissions
4200 St. Laurent Blvd., Suite 503
Montreal, Quebec
H2W 2R2
Tel: (514) 845-4334
Fax: (514) 845-5498

Email: fipinfo@ipf.ca

Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia

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: 2011-12

Contact:

Lisa Bugden
President and CEO/Director of Finance
Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia
CB302 - 1883 Upper Water Street
Halifax NS B3J 1S9
P.O. Box 34104
Scotia Square, RPO
Halifax, NS B3J 3S1
Tel:  902-424-7177
Fax: 902-424-0617
Email: filmns@gov.ns.ca

  or  

Linda Wood
Director, Business & Legal Affairs
Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia
CB302 - 1883 Upper Water Street
Halifax NS B3J 1S9
P.O. Box 34104
Scotia Square, RPO
Halifax, NS B3J 3S1
Tel:  902-424-7177
Fax: 902-424-0617
Email: filmns@gov.ns.ca

Independent Production Fund

Supports the production of Canadian television dramatic series, including dramatic series for children, for private sector broadcasters.

Contact:

Andra Sheffer
Executive Director
Independent Production Fund
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1709
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1J3

Tel: (416) 977-8966
Fax: (416) 977-0694
Email: info@ipf.ca

or  

Claire Dion
Assistant Director General
Independent Production Fund
4200 St. Laurent Blvd., Suite 503
Montreal, Quebec
H2W 2R2
Tel: (514) 845-4334
Fax: (514) 845-5498

Email: fipinfo@ipf.ca

Le Fonds Harold Greenberg

Supports the production of English and Fench films, as well as French documentaries, musicals, special events and videoclips.

Contacts:

Le Fonds Harold Greenberg
BCE Place
181 Bay Street
P.O. Box 787
Toronto, Ontario
M5J 2T3

Tel: (416) 956-5431
Fax: (416) 956-2087

or    Odile Méthot
President, Director General
Le Fonds Harold Greenberg
2100 Sainte-Catherine Street West
Suite 900
Montreal (Quebec)
H3H 2T3
Tel: (514) 939-5094
Fax: (514) 939-1515

Quebecor Fund

Quebecor Fund promotes the production of projects that include both:

  • the production of Canadian content for television broadcasting. Productions may take the form of television production, film or event. Television broadcasting, however, is systematic;
  • production of interactive multimedia components declined from those productions and using information technologies and communication platforms such as high speed internet, interactive TV, video on demand and / or various fixed or mobile terminals.

Quebecor Fund currently manages two programs:

  • The Main Television Production Assistance Program (MPAP);
  • The Event and Film Production Assistance Program(EFPAP).

Contacts:

Serge Thibaudeau, CEO
Julie Guénette, Program coordinator
www.fondsquebecor.ca
1030 Cherrier Street, Suite 503
Montreal, Quebec
H2L 1H9
Tel.: (514) 842-2497
Fax: (514) 524-9192

Remstar's Fund

Remstar’s Fund supports the creation, the production, the distribution and the promotion in Canada of new artistic and cultural works of all kinds for distribution on television and other digital media platforms, particularly the production of music video and Canadian programming that promote the musical talent.

Contact:

Luc Doyon, President
355 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Suite 100
Montreal, Quebec, H3B 1A5
(514) 284-2222

Rogers Documentary Fund

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:

Robin Mirsky
Executive Director
Rogers Documentary Fund and Rogers Cable Network Fund
Rogers Communications Inc.
333 Bloor Street East, 9th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 1G9
Tel: (416) 935-2555
Fax: (416) 935-2527

Saskatchewan Film and Video Development Corporation (SaskFilm)

Supports the film, video and new media community of Saskatchewan to enhance the quality, quantity and marketability of its products and resources.

Eligible projects include made-for-TV movies and series; short-form dramatic, animated, and children's programming; and documentaries, educational, experimental, variety, and non-theatrical films and television programs.

Contact:

Susanne Bell
Director, Programs and Services
Saskatchewan Film and Video Development Corporation
1831 College Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 3V7
Tel: (306) 798-3457
Fax: (306) 798-7768

Shaw Rocket Fund

(Formerly known as Shaw Television Broadcast Fund)

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.

Contact:

Agnes Augustin
President
Shaw Rocket Fund
630 - 3rd Avenue SW, Suite 900
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 4L4
Tel: (403) 750-4517
Fax: (403) 750-4635

Small Market Local Programming Fund

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

Contact:

Pierre-Louis Smith
Vice-President, Policy and Chief Regulatory Officer
Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Association of Broadcasters
306 - 350 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5S2
Tel: (613) 233-4035
Fax: (613) 233-6961

The TELUS Fund

The TELUS Fund finances the creation of content portraying social and technological innovation in the field of health and wellness.

Contacts:

3rd Floor, 4535 Canada Way
Burnaby, B.C.
P.O. Box 787
V5G 1J9
Email: info@telusfund.ca
Website: http://www.telusfund.ca/

Telefilm Canada

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.

Contact:

Jean-Claude Mahé
Director, Public and Government Affairs
Telefilm Canada
360, St-Jacques Street, suite 600
Montreal, QC H2Y 1P5
Tel: (514) 283-0838 ext 2022
Fax: (514) 283-2365
jean-claude.mahe@telefilm.ca

 


Reference documents for certification of independent production funds: Public Notices CRTC 1997-25, 1997-98, 1999-29, 2003-37, 2003-38. Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-833

Footnotes

Footnote 1

A co-production is an audiovisual work produced jointly by a Canadian producer and a producer from a foreign country with which Canada has a co-production treaty administered by Telefilm Canada. A co-venture is an international co-production which is not included under any of the treaties administered by Telefilm Canada. These include all ventures with co-producers of foreign countries that either do not have a film or television production treaty with Canada or, if there is a treaty, the co-production is not specifically covered by the treaty.

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