CMPA Diversity Mentorship Program

At a glance

CLOSED for now
Spots available
Duration of placement
20 weeks (must be completed by March 16, 2018)
Trainee stipend
$13,200 (minimum)
$6,600 from the mentor company
$6,600 from the program

About the program

The CMPA is committed to achieving gender balance and greater diversity and Indigenous representation within our organization, within the industry and on screens. This initiative aims to grow the talent base of underrepresented groups and foster inclusivity in the screen-based production industry. In this program, CMPA members have the opportunity to work with producers who reflect Canada’s diverse makeup. The program is open to all CMPA member companies in good standing and to trainee candidates from diverse backgrounds whose ultimate goal is to become a producer. Mentorship activities can take place during any stage of production—such as research, development, on-set and office production, business affairs, marketing and promotion.

Trainee eligibility

  • Open to candidates who self-identify as a member of a group that is currently underrepresented and/or faces barriers entering the Canadian screen-based content production industry, including but not limited to women, newcomers to Canada, visible minorities, indigenous and LGBTQ producers and persons with disabilities.

  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person on whom refugee status has been conferred.

  • Must be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

  • Cannot be an employee or family member of the mentor company.

  • Must be co-applying with a mentor company.

Mentor company eligibility

  • Must be a member of the CMPA.

  • Must be co-applying with a trainee candidate.

  • Must contribute a minimum of $6,600 toward the trainee stipend.

  • A mentor applicant cannot be an employer or family member of the trainee with whom he/she is submitting a joint application.

Application process

We only accept applications via our online application portal. Please note that applicants will be required to upload the following documents during the process:



Selection process

A selection panel established and supervised by the CMPA will award placements. The panel’s decisions on the awarded placements will be final.

The selection panel may consider a number of factors in order to make their decisions on applications. These include:

  • The viability of the mentor-trainee relationship (e.g., shared goals and objectives; post-traineeship employment opportunities with the mentor company; financial contribution to the trainee’s stipend; demonstrated commitment to sharing expertise; ability and experience in training).

  • Clear objectives and skills-development goals.

  • The strength of the proposed work plan (e.g., trainee’s job description; diversity of training; mentor supervision) vs. proposed trainee’s related education, professional goals, and work or volunteer experience.

  • Demonstrated commitment to the screen-based media production industry.

Given the high number of applications and the limited resources available, some deserving applications may not be successful.

The panel will assess all applications against the program’s goal to create meaningful placements that will support emerging and mid-level producers’ efforts to learn more about the screen-based media production industry and gain experience in it.

Payment of funds

Each trainee receives a minimum of $13,200 for his/her placement. The program contributes $6,600, while the mentor company must contribute at least $6,600.

Upon selection, each mentor company must sign a contract with the CMPA and the trainee, outlining the requirements of the program, including reporting procedures and how funds will be dispersed. Each financial award is to be solely applied to the trainee’s stipend. The CMPA contribution will be disbursed in three instalments. To receive each instalment, the mentor must submit an invoice for the amount, as well as supporting documentation (invoices, mid-term and final reports, final questionnaires and proof of payment for the trainee’s stipend).



Sarolta Csete
Director, Development & Corporate Affairs
1-613-688-0952 / 1-800-656-7440 ext. 338