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.


Click on the image above to download the CMPA’s Talking Points.

What's Happening

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

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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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On the set of Heartland

The CMPA hosted Conservative Party candidate John Barlow on the set of Seven24 Films’ Heartland in late-August.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The CMPA has formally submitted recommendations to each of the major party platform committees. They are each expected to release their full platforms in the coming months. As the platform commitments become available, the results related to our sector will be posted below.

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  • Coming soon
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  • Coming soon
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  • Digital media companies to play by the same rules as Canadian broadcasters by paying tax and supporting the creation of Canadian content
  • Increased funding for CBC and Radio-Canada
  • Stable and long-term funding for arts and cultures institutions to grow and promote Canada’s diverse cultures and histories.
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  • 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.
  • 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.