About the CMPA

The CMPA is Canada’s national trade association for independent English-language media producers.

What is the CMPA?

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 favorite 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 behalf of our members to ensure a bright future for domestic media production and Canadian content. Here’s how:

  • We produce a number of publications, including the annual economic report Profile and the twice-a-year magazine Indiescreen.

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.

To learn more about our governance, please contact:

Liz Shorten
Chief Operating Officer
1-604-694-2711 / 1-866-390-7639 ext. 122

Commitment to inclusion

The CMPA is committed to advancing 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. Learn more about our commitment to accessible customer service.

Our history

CMPA organizations

The CMPA has established three not-for-profit organizations to simplify rights management for producers.

Keeping track of copyright uses and managing royalties can be an enormous task for a single company. To allow producers to focus on creating their next great piece of content, the CMPA has founded two not-for-profit copyright collectives:

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 $300 million to rightsholders to date.

Producers Audiovisual Collective of Canada (PACC)

PACC collects secondary-use royalties for Canadian producers in all countries outside of Canada whose laws allow rightsholders to collect these royalties. (Secondary uses for audiovisual works include rental and lending of video recordings, exhibition or public performance, educational copying and performance in the classroom.) PACC collects these royalties from Australia, Germany, Latin America, the United Kingdom and many more.

The CMPA has also established ISAN Canada, which allows producers to easily register their works using the ISAN global numbering system:

ISAN Canada

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.

Our offices


251 Laurier Avenue West, 11th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5J6

1-800-656-7440 (Canada only)



1 Toronto Street, Suite 702
Toronto, Ontario
M5C 2V6

1-800-267-8208 (Canada only)



600–736 Granville Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6Z 1G3

1-866-390-7639 (Canada only)