Write Your Candidates
The CMPA has been working hard to advocate on behalf of our industry with candidates, and senior political staff associated with the election. Now, we need your help – our most valued advocacy ambassadors – to speak on behalf of the independent production sector.
You can play an essential role in ensuring those individuals seeking public office fully appreciate the critical importance of our industry. This is your opportunity to shape the conversation about the future of Canada’s vibrant independent production sector and the federal government’s important role in achieving our collective goals.
Your voices matter. Take action.
Meet Your Candidates
A second important step is following up with those candidates by requesting a meeting with them in your riding at your office or hosting them on your set this summer.
It is important to begin the meeting by sharing the size and scope of your production company, including where you are located, how many people you employ, the type of content you produce and where your content travels domestically and abroad.
Following this introduction, your can refer to the CMPA’s Talking Points, which were designed to equip you with key messages related to our requests of government.
We invite you to also connect with CMPA’s Director, Government and Policy Affairs, Emily Holtby who can assist you with booking and preparing for your meeting.
It is important to inform Emily of any conversations or meetings you have with candidates over the next few months so we can appropriately monitor our lobbying efforts internally.
With the summer parliamentary recess upon us, party leaders and incumbents are crisscrossing the country making announcements related to future government funding or releasing platform teasers. This section of the site is reserved for announcements related to our industry
The Globe and Mail | Canada’s media ecosystem is in danger of buckling. Who’s to blame? What do the political parties plan?
It’s an embarrassment of riches. Since the pioneering streaming service Netflix kicked off its international expansion in the fall of 2010 by launching in Canada, TV and movie viewers in this country have enjoyed an ever-increasing groaning board of delights.
Meeting with Taleeb Noormohamed
CMPA member Brian Hamilton of Omnifilm Entertainment met with Liberal candidate Taleeb Noormohamed in the Vancouver Granville riding.
Meeting with Hon. Ed Fast
CMPA’s Chief Operating Officer Liz Shorten and CMPA member, Kim Roberts of Sepia Films met with Conservative Candidate and former Cabinet Minister, Hon. Ed Fast in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
[French] Métro | Andrew Scheer ouvre la porte à une taxation des GAFA
Quelques heures après que les libéraux ont confirmé leur intention d’exiger des géants numériques qu’ils prélèvent la TPS, les conservateurs ont mis dimanche leurs cartes sur la table.
The Globe and Mail | Liberals vow to tax foreign tech giants on digital ads, services
The Liberal Party promised Sunday to take a more forceful approach to taxing foreign tech giants than it did during its past four years in government, starting with a 3-per-cent tax on the income of large digital companies operating in Canada.
CBC News | It's official, Canadians: the 2019 federal election campaign is underway
Trudeau’s Liberals will spend the next 40 days pitching Canadians on the party’s accomplishments — especially their efforts to lift children out of poverty and create jobs — while trying to contrast themselves on social issues with their main rivals.
Green Party candidates at the CMPA Indiescreen Awards
The CMPA welcomed three Green Party candidates, Sean Manners, Hannah Conover-Arthurs and Sarah Climenhaga, to the CMPA Indiescreen Awards on September 5 at TIFF.
‘No more free rides’ for Big Tech, heritage minister says
Pablo Rodriguez’s family fled to Canada after his home was bombed in Argentina. His father had run for governor in the northern province where they lived. He arrived in Montreal at the age of 8 speaking only Spanish, but eventually learning French and English. Now the former political refugee finds himself, perhaps a little improbably, as the guardian of Canadian culture.
Major investment in the Canadian Film Centre (CFC)
Small business and export Promotion Minister Mary Ng announced new funding for the Canadian Film Centre under the Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund.
On the set of Heartland
The CMPA hosted Conservative Party candidate John Barlow on the set of Seven24 Films’ Heartland in late-August.
Screen Industry Mixer with Minister Pablo Rodriguez
In the spirit of community and collaboration, this informal event, hosted by the CMPA Entertainment One, gave leaders from Canada’s media production sector the opportunity to meet with the Minister and celebrate the bright future that lies ahead for our industry.
Government announces a modernized Youth Employment and Skills Strategy
CMPA’s Director, Government & Policy Affairs, Emily Holtby, Vice-President Corporate & International Affairs, Susanne Vaas, Hon. Patty Hajdu, CMPA’s Director, Development & Corporate Affairs, Sarolta Csete and CMPA member, Ken Stewart celebrating the announcement. The CMPA mentorship program is a direct benefactor of the strategy.
Playback | Canadian gov’t, Banff Unveil $2M Women-owned Business Fund
The program is aimed at encouraging and training female entrepreneurs to build and grow their businesses within various screen-based industries.
The CMPA has formally submitted recommendations to each of the major party platform committees. All party platforms are expected to be released in the coming days. As the platform commitments become available, the results related to our sector will be posted below.
[excerpted from Conservative Party platform]
- To ensure that government programs and institutions support our cultural sector through changes in media and culture, we will work in a consultative way with the arts, music, film, and other industries to understand how government can adapt.
- Digitization of the economy has changed how Canadians consume media, which has fundamentally changed the way cultural industries finance creative projects. For every internationally renowned superstar musician or actor, there are others who are extremely talented but are struggling to get by until their big break.
- Government policies and programs meant to help bridge the gap for our artists and creators simply have not kept up. This is true for artistic sectors, as well as for the media.
- Our culture is what binds us together as Canadians. Our shared identity stems from the stories we tell each other through music, television, art, and other media. Our cultural industries are a huge economic driver, creating over 765,000 jobs in our economy.
[excerpted from Liberal Party platform]
- Strengthen the regional mandate of CBC/Radio-Canada, so that local stations can broadcast more local news, and require CBC/Radio-Canada to open up its digital platform, so that journalism start-ups and community newspapers can access affordable technology to develop and distribute local content;
- Continue to support Canadian film by increasing annual funding for Telefilm Canada by nearly 50 per cent a year;
- Introduce a new Cultural Diplomacy strategy, with at least one international mission each year to promote Canadian culture and creators around the world;
- Move forward, in our first year, with legislation that will take appropriate measures to ensure that all content providers – including internet giants – offer meaningful levels of Canadian content in their catalogues, contribute to the creation of Canadian content in both official languages, and promote this content and make it easily accessible on their platforms.
- Make sure that multinational tech giants pay corporate tax on the revenue they generate in Canada. We will also work to achieve the standard set by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to ensure that international digital corporations whose products are consumed in Canada collect and remit the same level of sales taxation as Canadian digital corporations.
[excerpted from NDP platform]
- Protect our heritage and support a strong, independent Canadian arts and culture industry. New Democrats will make sure that Canadian talent can thrive on both digital and traditional platforms – here at home and around the world;
- Make sure that Netflix, Facebook, Google, and other digital media companies play by the same rules as Canadian broadcasters. That means paying taxes, supporting Canadian content in both official languages, and taking responsibility for what appears on their platforms, just like other media outlets;
- Increase funding for CBC and Radio-Canada to help reverse the damage of decades of funding cuts under both Liberal and Conservative governments;
- Stable and long-term funding for arts and culture institutions to grow and promote Canada’s diverse cultures and histories;
- Extending support to Canadian media to assist them in making the digital transition.
[excerpted from Green Party Platform]
- Increase funding to all of Canada’s arts and culture organizations including the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Film Board and Telefilm Canada;
- Review tax incentives for film production to ensure all parts of Canada are competitive and attractive to the industry, with incentives rising when Canadian artistic and technical talent are employed;
- Reform anti-trust laws to enable the break-up of media conglomerates;
- Close the loophole that exempts social media platforms from collecting taxes on advertising and ensure all government advertising is placed in Canadian publications;
- Increase funding to CBC and Radio Canada by $315 million per year until the per-capita level of funding is equal to that of the BBC;
- Reform the governance structure of CBC/Radio Canada to remove the potential for political interference in board appointments.