An animated series on the world according to Laflaque, a somewhat petty, rude, irritable and self-centred character.

Program Funding Summary

Total CMF Program Funding

With the continued support of its funding contributors, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) invested $346.1M in Canadian television and digital media projects in 2018-2019, a $3.8M increase, or +1.1%, from the previous fiscal year. A total of $1.4B of industry activity was triggered, with no change from 2017-2018.

Breakdown by Program

Innovation Program 31.5
Commercial Projects Pilot Program 6.6
Web Series Pilot Program 3.9
Accelerator 0.5
Experimental Total 42.5
English 152.4
French 76.4
Performance Envelope Sub-total 228.8
English 6.6
French 2.6
Development Envelope Sub-total 9.2
English Regional Production Bonus 13.0
Francophone Minority 11.2
Convergent Digital Media Incentive 9.1
Aboriginal 8.5
English POV 5.5
Anglophone Minority 4.5
Diverse Languages 3.0
Quebec Regional French Incentive 2.2
English Pre-development 1.2
Northern Incentive 0.9
French Pre-development 0.2
Regional French Development 0.2
Convergent Total 297.5
Versioning 1.0
Other Export Programs Total 3.4
International Incentives Total 1.7
Total 346.1

The Convergent Stream received 86.0% of funding, with 12.3% supporting the Experimental Stream, and the remainder going to export-related programs and coproduction incentives. The Convergent Stream dedicated $297.5M to Canadian screen-based projects including television programming and related digital media content. The Experimental Stream, including the Accelerator Partnership Program, provided $42.5M to innovative digital media projects.. Export-related programs committed $4.4M to assisting content intended for foreign markets. CMF contributed $1.7M to the international incentives, where foreign funding agency partners matched CMF support with commitments of $1.8M.

Overall, 80.4% of CMF funding supported television programming, slightly less than 2017-2018, with the balance of 19.6% supporting digital media content. 

CMF funding to digital media content totaled $68.0M in 2018-2019. The Experimental stream provided 62.5%, the Convergent Digital Media Incentive (CDMI) funding comprised 13.3%, and the Performance Envelope Program provided 14.5% of the total. A total of 9.7% 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, repayable advances, and non-recoupable contributions.  CMF investments and repayable advances made up 31.1% of all CMF funding, a slight decrease from last year’s 32.2%. International incentives and export programs provide investments, advances, or contributions depending on the type of project and the partnership arrangement.

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