The Canadian Media Producers Association is Canada’s trade association for independent producers. We represent hundreds of companies engaged in the development, production and distribution of English-language content for TV, feature film and digital media channels.
The CMPA’s diverse membership produces an incredible variety of projects, from acclaimed indie films to animated kids’ shows—and everything in between. Have a favourite Canadian TV show? Chances are one of our members produced it. Those Canadian films getting all the hype on the festival circuit? Again, it’s more than likely you’re hearing about our members’ work.
We work on behalf of our members to ensure a bright future for domestic media production and Canadian content. Here’s how:
We promote the outstanding content that our members produce, building awareness of the cultural and economic value of our industry.
We run mentorship programs to foster the careers of Canada’s next generation of producers.
We advocate on behalf of our members before federal and provincial governments on policy that affects our industry (such as broadcasting, copyright, taxation and trade).
We put on Canada’s leading industry conference, Prime Time, which connects participants working in every area of the industry.
The CMPA has offices in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver, and is governed by a board of directors composed of CMPA members. To ensure broad member representation, the directors are independent producers from small, medium and large companies from every region in Canada. They work in television production, theatrical feature film, digital media and production service.
Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
The CMPA is committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion within our organization and in the Canadian media industry more broadly.
We will work with both members and non-members to advance equal opportunities and inclusion for all people in the industry. We believe that an inclusive industry empowers Canadian creators to reach and relate to audiences at home and around the world.
The CMPA is also dedicated to providing customer service that is accessible to and inclusive of all our customers.
The CMPA has founded and appoints the boards of directors of two not-for-profit organizations to promote rights management and compensation for producers.
Canadian Retransmission Collective (CRC)
The CRC collects and distributes Canadian-territory retransmission royalties on behalf of over 8,000 rightsholders worldwide. These royalties are collected from retransmitters (such as cable and satellite companies) who profit from providing broadcast signals to their customers. The CRC researches well over 1.7 million hours of programming annually, and has distributed more than $335 million to rightsholders to date. crc-scrc.ca
ISAN is a global numbering system for audiovisual works—a simple, permanent identifier that can be read by anyone and processed by any system around the world. ISAN Canada issues ISAN numbers to Canadian audiovisual works and registers them in the central database, which is tremendously beneficial for rights administration, permissions and payments. ISAN Canada has over 1,800 registered users. isan.ca
The original non-profit association, the Association of Motion Picture Producers and Laboratories of Canada (AMPPLC), is founded. Television has yet to arrive on the scene.
CBC television is now in 66% of Canadian homes, surpassing radio’s reach.
The Cannes Film Festival screens its first Canadian film: the beluga-hunt documentary Pour la suite du monde.
The Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC) is established to support the Canadian feature film industry.
The Broadcasting Act establishes the Canadian Radio-television Commission (CRTC) to regulate and supervise all aspects of the Canadian broadcasting system. Pictured: Pierre Juneau, first chair of the CRTC.
The association changes its name to the Canadian Film and Television Association (CFTA).
The Canadian Broadcast Program Development Fund is established.
The film and TV production industry is booming. The CFTA becomes federally incorporated.
The Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC) becomes Telefilm Canada, the name we know it by today.
The CFTA joins forces with the Canadian Association of Motion Picture Producers (CAMPP), boosting its lobbying power.
The CFTA also merges with the Canadian Television Program Distributors’ Association (CTPDA).
Copyright reform and Canada’s Free Trade Agreement with the US creates new retransmission rights. The CFTA forms the Canadian Retransmission Collective (CRC) to make sure that independent producers enjoy these rights.
The CFTA merges with the larger independents’ Association of Canadian Film & Television Producers, creating the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA).
The Broadcasting Act is updated for the first time since 1968.
Reflecting British Columbia’s unique regulatory and legislative environment, the BC Producers Branch is born.
The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit is introduced to encourage the creation of Canadian film and television programming—and an active domestic independent production sector.
The Canadian Television and Cable Production Fund (later named CTF) is founded as a public-private partnership to support the production and broadcast of Canadian television programs.
It’s a brave new (digital) world: the Canada New Media Fund is established to fund multimedia content and support Canadian creativity. The fund is administered by Telefilm Canada.
The CFTPA forms the Producers Audiovisual Collective of Canada (PACC), which manages and distributes secondary-use royalties (e.g., from the rental of video recordings) until 2022.
The CFTPA begins representing digital media producers.
The CBC and its content become available to Canadians on digital platforms.
The CTF becomes Canada Media Fund (CMF), which aims to support convergent content accessible on a variety of platforms.
New era, new name: the CFTPA becomes the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA), to better reflect our multi-screen world.
Another name change, this time to Canadian Media Producers Association (still CMPA), to better reflect our members: producers.
The COVID-19 pandemic brings productions to a halt. The CMPA, in partnership with the Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM), spearheads a pan-industry group to obtain Government of Canada backing for negatively impacted productions. Pictured: Behind the scenes of Tribal (Prairie Dog Film + Television).
The Online Streaming Act is passed into law, modernizing Canada’s broadcasting legislation for the Internet streaming era. Pictured: The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage, signs the Online Streaming Act on February 2, 2022.