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Program Funding Summary

Total CMF Program Funding

With the continued support of its funding contributors, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) invested $342.3M in Canadian television and digital media projects in 2017-2018, a $19.3M decrease, or -5.4%, from the previous fiscal year. Despite the reduction in funding, a total of $1.4B of industry activity was triggered, a 1.8% decrease from 2016-2017.

Breakdown by Program

Innovation Program 32.0
Commercial Projects Pilot Program 4.5
Web Series Pilot Program 3.5
Accelerator 0.5
Experimental Total 40.5
English 153.1
French 73.9
Performance Envelope Sub-total 227.0
English 6.2
French 2.5
Development Envelope Sub-total 8.7
English Regional Production Bonus 12.9
Francophone Minority 11.3
Convergent Digital Media Incentive 9.8
Aboriginal 9.7
English POV 4.8
Anglophone Minority 4.2
Diverse Languages 3.0
Quebec Regional French Incentive 2.1
Northern Incentive 1.3
English Regional Pre-development 1.2
Versioning 1.0
Regional French Development 0.3
Convergent Total 297.3
Export Programs Total 3.1
International Incentives Total 1.4
Total 342.3

The Convergent Stream received 86.9% of funding, with 11.8% supporting the Experimental Stream, and the remainder going to export-related programs and coproduction incentives. The Convergent Stream dedicated $297.3M to Canadian screen-based projects including television programming and related digital media content. The Experimental Stream, including the Accelerator Partnership Program, provided $40.5M for 118 projects from across the country, spurring $72.1M in economic activity within Canada’s digital sector. CMF contributed $1.4M to the international incentives, matched by foreign funding agency partners. New export-related programs committed $3.1M to assisting content intended for foreign markets.

Overall, 80.6% of CMF funding supported television programming, with the balance of 19.4% supporting digital media content, the same ratio as 2016-2017. 

CMF funding to digital media content totaled $66.3M in 2016-2017. The Experimental stream provided 61.8%, the Convergent Digital Media Incentive (CDMI) funding comprised 14.8%, and the Performance Envelope Program provided 15.8% of the total. A total of 7.6% came from other programs.

Note: International incentives are shown in the chart above by Convergent or Experimental Stream.
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Funding Types

These results were achieved through a variety of CMF funding mechanisms which are constantly reviewed to most effectively serve the evolving needs of content producers. Development, production and marketing of screen-based media are supported through a variety of financing tools including license fee top-ups, equity investments, recoupable investments, advances, and non-recoupable contributions. CMF investments and repayable advances made up 32.2% of all CMF funding, an increase from last year’s 30.9%. Some of the new programs provide investments or advances.

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