Canadian Television Fund: all you need to know

If you are looking for more variety when you switch on your TV, you are in luck.

CTF is now looking at rewarding and funding Canadian producers who have something different to offer. The program is aimed to help create high-quality television programs during peak hours.

And according to the CTF duties laid down, the body has to look at funding programs from different niche, including drama, children, and youth. Additionally, the programs have to be made in both the official languages of English and French.

Currently, the Television Division in the Telefilm Canada manages these television funds.

What will CTF look at when trying to find a New Canadian Show to fund in?

For one, the programs need to be able to successfully engage a certain audience. Then, the CTF funding needs to be used for production and translation of these programs to the official languages of English and French as well as any other native language of that region.

Broadly speaking, CTF is looking to fund in four different ways:

  • One, where they give cash advances
  • One, where they give specific grants;
  • One, where they invest with a promise of equity;
  • One, where they help Canadian producers with their license fees

Basic requirements for receiving CTF contributions

Apart from the ways, CTF looks to fund projects, the project in itself has to satisfy four different essential requirements, something we know as the 4ER.

Only after a project meets all of these can they be considered for any of the funding streams.

What are the 4 essential requirements?

–    The program has to focus majorly on the different Canadian themes and issues.

–    The Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) has to approve it with a full ten points under the CAVCO scale.

– Canadians need to own the basic rights to the project.

– Canada has to be the first country where the project will be launched.

Documentaries though are an exception to this rule.

How much can one get?

CTF’s contribution and its amount vary on different factors, including the genre, the language as well as funding stream, among other factors. All the funding streams can offer everything from license and investment contributions to shares, according to the set formula.

It is not just stock contributions or license fees that we are looking at here. CTF can also offer grants or just look at specific promotions of the show.

Some figures to consider

“Little Mosque on the Prairie”

With over  $2.7 billion funds till now and a worth of $285 million with as many as 5000 projects till now, CTF has funded several different shows like “Little Mosque on the Prairie”, and “Trailer Park Boys”. The funding comes from cable firms as well as the Canadian government.

Through its years of existence, CTF has taken enough efforts to ensure that Canadians get quality television and first-rate programs to watch and enjoy.

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The top things you didn’t know about Canadian TV foundations

Hooked on to your favorite TV show every evening? It doesn’t matter whether you like The Big Bang Theory or something else, you know that there is a lot of exciting content out there.

The Canadian television industry is linguistically divided into French and English-speaking segments. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), founded in 1936, serves the English-language market. Its audience is not as extensive as the commercial broadcasters, who have a larger audience.

Canadian Television Network (CTV) was founded in 1961, and currently attracts 33% of the country’s audience, followed by CanWest’s Global TV (founded in 1974), whose service is used by 19% of the Canadian audience.

There are some smaller TV companies like Shaw Communications (1966) and Rogers (1931), that also provide cable and Internet services and owns the City TV channel.

The French-language market is less diverse than this.Télévision de Radio Canada (the French-language version of CBC) is the governmental TV foundation. There are also French-language foundations like Quebecor and Cogeco (the year of foundation.

Important things to know about CBC

The CBC’s 2008 gross revenue was $ 1.6 billion, out of which the government allocated 64%. This is the total number of all CBC components, including television and radio, English-language CBC and French-language Télévision de Radio Canada.

The rest of the $ 579.7 million revenue came from advertising and other commercial services, such as licensing and others. CBC Radio does not broadcast advertisements since 1974, except for the cases provided by law (for example, during the federal elections radio must broadcast advertising of political parties).

CBC is funded directly by the government. According to the 1991 Broadcasting Act, the CBC is a government agency subordinate to the Ministry of Cultural Heritage (responsible for art, culture, media, sports programs, and cultural policies).

The broadcaster must annually coordinate the budget with the current government. The CBC is financed mainly from public funds allocated for this purpose by the parliament. Due to these funds, TV and radio broadcasting is paid in both English and French.

Many people recognize that CBC is making better news than the competitors, and creates better revelation of the essence of any issues. CBC has received prestigious national awards (the Michener Award) for its achievements in journalism.

The CBC has more than 30 television stations, 30 privately owned stations, and several hundred relay stations.

Other television providers in Canada

CTV is a consortium of 16 joint television stations, each of which is an equal partner in this network.

Global TV is a small but rapidly growing network belonging to the CanWest Corporation. Private TV networks receive the necessary funds from advertising.

Currently, cable television is provided in most Canadian cities and towns, depending on the region. The service providers in this regard are varied, from Rogers Communications, Shaw Communications, Videotron, Cogeco, to other players like Persona, Cable Axion, and more.

Two official companies – Bell TV and Shaw Direct, on the other hand, provide satellite television in Canada.

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Canada Media Fund: establishment, work and projects

The Canadian media industry has witnessed a significant change in the last few years, but it wasn’t really possible without the right government intervention.

It was in 2010 that the Canada Media Fund (CMF) was officially launched but the journey started a long way back. We will be taking a look at how it came about below, and how the Canadian media industry has changed down the years.

Why did It come into place?

The move was taken by two different agencies of the government to bring in quality changes into Canadian Television Industry.

The Canadian Ministry of Heritage is responsible for policies and programs related to art, culture, the media, communication networks, official languages (including French-speaking countries), the status of women, sports and multiculturalism.

So, the Minister of Heritage James Moore announced the creation of CMT in his speech already in March 2009. It is not a governmental agency; it functions as a public-private partnership. CMF is responsible for communications, politics, and research. The individual enterprise, called Telefilm Canada is a part of CMF processes and works on the daily administration of statements.

A short history of Canada Media Fund

When it all started

Everything started in the far away 1995 when CRTC (The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission) decided to create The Cable Production Fund.

This fund was meant to focus on measures necessary to increase production and broadcasting of top-notch TV programs in prime time.

New changes

Only one year afterward, The Canadian Production Fund created a new partnership. This partnership, with the Department of Canadian Heritage, aimed at ensuring better access to funds for all and creating a stronger fund resource for all, to enable easier working.

With the partnership, there was a new one given to this program – The Canada Television and Cable Production Fund.

In 2 years this fund is renamed again as the Canadian Television Fund. In 2001 Canadian government establishes the Canada New Media Fund with the aim to give financial support to the new media industry.

In 2004 the notion of various streams for funding appeared. Here is a glimpse at the three different streams:

  • A specific Broadcaster Performance Envelope Stream
  • English-Language Drama Stream,
  • Other Special Initiatives

The Canadian Television Fund had two primary funding sources at that moment: the Broadcasting Distribution Undertakings, also known as BDUs and the Canadian Heritage.

In a year, new changes came. The Minister of Canadian Heritage announced great changes in the structuring of Canadian television funding. They now had both the funds available from BDU and CRTC combined with the government’s investment, to bring in more funds to the program.

The Canadian Television Fund started to monitor and manage production and funding, and for carrying it out, power was given to a unit from Telefilm Canada.


With the growth of digital media, extra funding became necessary for this type of projects. So the growing demand made the Canadian Television Fund start a new program in 2008. It was known as the ‘Digital Media Pilot Program’.

In the era of Internet rule, it was simply impossible to neglect such important media including new media. The program had as much as  $2M set aside to create new digital media in this regard.

At the end of it all, we have the Canada Media Fund founded in 2010 – with the same aims these days.


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