Equity, diversity and inclusion resources
The CMPA is committed to elevating underrepresented voices in Canada’s media production industry.
While recognizing that we must do better, both as an organization and as an industry, we also want to empower our members with information to help them guide their own efforts towards positive change. The list of resources below is by no means intended to be a complete list. It is intended to be used by members in their own efforts to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion within their companies. Should you wish to suggest and contribute resources to this list, or have requests for additional resources, please contact us at the coordinates below.
- Research and reports
- Assessments and toolkits
Access Reelworld bills itself as the most complete Database of Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American communities in the Canadian entertainment industry. It contains talent from all aspects of the screen-based industries – in front of and behind the cameras. Use this database to find above the line talent, below the line talent, applicants to sit on your Board of Directors, or hire for your non-profit arts organizations, and your productions companies.
Annenberg Inclusion Initiative
The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative is the leading think tank in the world studying diversity and inclusion in entertainment through original research and sponsored projects. Beyond research, the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative develops targeted, research-based solutions to tackle inequality.
BIPOC TV & Film
BIPOC TV & Film is a grassroots organization and collective of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour in Canada’s TV and film industry. From writers, directors, producers and actors to editors, crew members and executives, our members are a mix of emerging, mid-level and established industry professionals. BIPOC TV & Film is dedicated to increasing the representation of BIPOC both in front and behind the camera.
Black is Now/The Black Academy
Recognizing a scarcity of platforms in Canada that celebrate Black talent in the arts, entertainment, and sports, Canadian actors and brothers Shamier Anderson and Stephan James founded The Black Academy. The organization is dedicated to breaking down barriers of discrimination and combating systemic racism in Canada. By honouring, celebrating, and showcasing established and emerging Black talent, The Black Academy will elevate and inspire Black talent in both the Anglophone and Francophone communities across the country for generations to come. A permanent, year-round, and national operation, The Black Academy is a division of the not-for-profit B.L.A.C.K Canada. The division was launched in 2020 and is based in Toronto.
Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion
The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) is a made-in-Canada solution designed to help employers, diversity and inclusion/human rights/equity, and human resources practitioners effectively address the full picture of diversity, equity and inclusion within the workplace. Founded and run by experienced diversity and inclusion practitioners, CCDI’s focus is on practical sustainable solutions that help employers move toward true inclusion. Effectively managing diversity and inclusion, and human rights and equity is a strategic imperative for all Canadian organizations that wish to remain relevant and competitive.
Center for Scholars & Storytellers – AIR report
Just because a film numerically has a cast that includes more members from a variety of backgrounds, it may not actually reflect true diversity in its storytelling. To determine if there is true diversity in storytelling — what we call Authentically Inclusive Representation (AIR) — it is necessary to examine both: (a) if there are individuals from diverse backgrounds (in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and their intersections) on the screen and behind the scenes; (b) if such diversity is present, whether the characters and story on-screen reflect genuine aspects of the culture being portrayed (i.e., instead of relying on and reinscribing stereotypes or tropes). The result of our research was finding that a movie that lacks AIR can indeed cost a distributor big-time at the box office.