Mentorship

The CMPA’s diverse mentorship programs are a launch pad for the next class of Canadian media producers.

Contact

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

For over 20 years, the CMPA’s National Mentorship Program has invested in the next generation of independent producers—and a strong future for our industry—by placing aspiring producers in Canada’s leading production companies.

Successful applicants receive one-on-one training from established producers in everything from development to post, in genres ranging from drama to documentary. Stipends are partially subsidized by the CMPA.

The longstanding success of the mentorship program speaks for itself: more than 85% of NMP alumni continue to work in Canada’s production industry.

The CMPA is committed to eliminating systemic barriers in Canada’s media industry and elevating the voices of underrepresented communities within the domestic production sector. We encourage individuals who self-identify as belonging to an underrepresented group to apply for the opportunities listed below.


Programs

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS - Virtual Mentorship Program

Overview

The virtual mentoring program facilitates networking and knowledge transfer from experienced CMPA members to emerging members, graduates of the mentorship program and also those intending to apply in the future.

The format of the virtual mentoring program consists of weekly or bi-weekly (depending on mentor availability) online sessions that would be 20-30 minutes in length and go over 3-6 months. Each session will focus on a topic predetermined at the beginning of the mentoring relationship.

Objectives

  • Offer mentoring opportunities to emerging members, mentorship program alumni and potential applicants
  • Engage our members in the production community at this time of self-isolation

Screening

Once applications have been received, the CMPA will pre-screen applications. First, based on their applications and second by conducting a phone call with applicants who were retained after the first review.

Matching

Mentors will then receive the pre-screened applications and select the mentee or mentees they feel are able to provide the most value to. The CMPA will establish a procedure for the rollout of the mentoring relationship and create a checklist to facilitate the process with electronic aids, such as work templates, time tables etc.

Support and monitoring

The CMPA will facilitate setting up the first, introductory call and the mentor and mentee will schedule all subsequent calls.

The CMPA will be checking in with both mentor and mentee periodically. The CMPA will also provide the mentee with additional resources as applicable (for instance, links to free webinars in the areas where they are looking to upskill, white papers, etc.). The CMPA will also set up an electronic forum (via Google Groups) that will enable participants to connect online.

To cultivate a sense of community and to build their networks, there will be regular Zoom meet-ups for all mentees.

Apply now →

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CLOSED - Bob Crowe Mentorship Program for Emerging Indigenous Producers

Bob Crowe Mentorship Program for Emerging Indigenous Producers

At a glance

Deadline October 2, 2020
Spots available 1
Duration of placement 20 weeks. Must be completed by March 21, 2021.
Trainee stipend $13,200 (minimum)
$6,600 from the program
$6,600 from the mentor company
Eligibility Open to Indigenous producers

 

Bob Crowe was a passionate film and television producer from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Through his media production companies, Angel Entertainment and Bamboo Shoots, he produced the TV series Rabbit Fall and The Other Side, as well as feature films including Big Muddy. He was a board member of the CMPA and chaired its mentorship committee.

This mentorship was established to honour Bob’s legacy, his contributions to the industry, and his dedication to mentoring the next generation of production talent – especially Indigenous talent.

 

This mentorship placement will be awarded to an Indigenous producer who will work with an established CMPA member company for a 20-week period and receive general producer training. Preference will be given to applicants from Saskatchewan or Northern Canada, but all applicants outside major production centres are eligible.

 

The program is open to CMPA member companies in good standing from underrepresented regions and Indigenous candidates who have a demonstrated interest in screen content production.

Trainee eligibility

  • Open to Indigenous producers
  • Preference will be given to applicants from Saskatchewan or Northern Canada but all applicants outside major production centres are eligible.
  • Must be a Canadian citizen
  • 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 Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)
  • Preference will be given to applicants from Saskatchewan or Northern Canada but all applicants with head offices outside major production centres are eligible
  • 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
  • Preference will be given to applications where the training focuses on film and/or television productions; however, digital media producers are also eligible.

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 a minimum of $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 installments. Each installment will be given to the mentor upon submission of an invoice for the amount and the required supporting documentation (invoices, mid-term and final reports, final questionnaires and proof of payment for the trainee’s stipend.)

Selection process

A selection panel established and supervised by the CMPA will award placements. Decisions will be based on the criteria set out for both the mentor and the trainee. The panel will be responsible for evaluating applications on their overall merit and the selection panel’s decisions on the awarded placements will be final. Given the high number of applications and the limited resources available, some deserving applications may not be successful. All applications will be assessed against the program’s goal to create meaningful placements that will ultimately help support emerging Indigenous producers’ efforts in developing their knowledge of and experience in the screen-based media production industry. As such, the selection panel may consider a number of factors in order to make their decisions on applications. These factors may include, but are not limited to, the:

  • Viability of the mentor-trainee relationship (eg. shared goals and objectives; post-traineeship employment opportunities with the mentor company; financial contribution to the trainee’s stipend; demonstrated commitment to sharing expertise, and ability and experience in training)
  • Clear objectives and skills development goals
  • Strength of the proposed work plan (eg. 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 screen-based media production industry

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:

Trainees:

Mentors:

  • Letter of intent
  • Placement work plan (to be completed online)

Apply →

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CLOSED - Production Mentorship Program

Production Mentorship Program

At a glance

Deadline October 2, 2020
Spots available 5
Duration of placement     18 weeks. Must be completed by March 21, 2021.
Trainee stipend $11,700 (minimum)
$5,850 from the program
$5,850 from the mentor company

 

This program will offer CMPA members the opportunity to work with emerging and mid-level producers. The focus of the initiative is to provide general producer training to those who are starting out their careers, have limited experience in the screen-based media production industry or are transitioning into it from a different field. The program is open to all CMPA member companies in good standing and trainee candidates who have a demonstrated interest in working in production with the ultimate goal of becoming a producer. Activities can take place during any stage of production and include activities including but not limited to research, development, on-set and office production, business affairs, marketing and promotion.

 

Trainee eligibility

  • 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 $5,850 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

Selection process

A selection panel established and supervised by the CMPA will award placements. Decisions will be based on the criteria set out for both the mentor and the trainee. The panel will be responsible for evaluating applications on their overall merit and the selection panel’s decisions on the awarded placements will be final. Given the high number of applications and the limited resources available, some deserving applications may not be successful. All applications will be assessed against the program’s goal to create meaningful placements that will ultimately help support emerging and mid-level producers’ efforts in developing their knowledge of and experience in the screen-based media production industry. As such, the selection panel may consider a number of factors in order to make their decisions on applications. These factors may include, but are not limited to, 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, and ability and experience in training)
  • Clear objectives and skills development goals
  • 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 screen-based media production industry

Payment of funds

Each trainee receives a minimum of $11,700 for his/her placement. The program contributes $5,850, while the mentor company must contribute a minimum of $5,850. 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. Each instalment will be given to the mentor upon submission of an invoice for the amount and the required supporting documentation (invoices, mid-term and final reports, final questionnaires and proof of payment for the trainee’s stipend).

 

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:

 

Trainees:

Mentors:

  • Letter of intent
  • Placement work plan (to be completed online)

 

Apply now →

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ON HIATUS - CMPA British Columbia Production Mentorship Program

CMPA British Columbia Production Mentorship Program

At a glance

Deadline No deadline available at this time
Spots available 0 of 12
Duration of placement     20 weeks
Trainee stipend $13,200 (minimum)
$6,600 from the program
$6,600 from the mentor company

 

This program will offer CMPA members in British Columbia the opportunity to work with emerging and mid-level producers. The focus of the initiative is to provide general producer training to those who are starting out their careers, have limited experience in the screen-based media production industry or are transitioning into it from a different field. The program is open to all British Columbia based CMPA member companies  in good standing and trainee candidates who have a demonstrated interest in working in production with the ultimate goal of becoming a producer. Activities can take place during any stage of production and include activities including but not limited to research, development, on-set and office production, business affairs, marketing and promotion.

The CMPA-BC is partnering with Field and Post to offer up to three placements that focus on skills acquisition on a factual production.

Trainee eligibility

  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or person on whom refugee status has been conferred
  • Must be a resident of British Columbia
  • 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 based in British Columbia
  • 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

Selection process

The CMPA is an inclusive organization that is committed to achieving gender balance and greater diversity and we encourage applications from members underrepresented groups in the Canadian screen-based content production industry.

 

A selection panel established and supervised by the CMPA will award placements. Decisions will be based on the criteria set out for both the mentor and the trainee. The panel will be responsible for evaluating applications on their overall merit and the selection panel’s decisions on the awarded placements will be final. Given the high number of applications and the limited resources available, some deserving applications may not be successful. All applications will be assessed against the program’s goal to create meaningful placements that will ultimately help support emerging and mid-level producers’ efforts in developing their knowledge of and experience in the screen-based media production industry. As such, the selection panel may consider a number of factors in order to make their decisions on applications. These factors may include, but are not limited to, 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, and ability and experience in training)
  • Clear objectives and skills development goals
  • 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 screen-based media production industry

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 a minimum of $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. Each instalment will be given to the mentor upon submission of an invoice for the amount and the required supporting documentation (invoices, mid-term and final reports, final questionnaires and proof of payment for the trainee’s stipend).

 

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:

 

Trainees:

Mentors:

  • Letter of intent
  • Placement work plan
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ON HIATUS - CMPA Diversity Mentorship Program

CMPA Diversity Mentorship Program

At a glance

Deadline No deadline available at this time
Spots available 5
Duration of placement     20 weeks.
Trainee stipend $13,200 (minimum)
$6,600 from the program
$6,600 from the mentor company

 

The CMPA is an inclusive organization that is committed to achieving gender balance and greater diversity and Indigenous representation within our organization, within the industry and on screens. As such, we strive to develop mentorship and training opportunities that help growing the talent base of underrepresented groups. The focus of this initiative is to increase the diversity among producers and foster inclusivity in the screen-based production industry. It will offer CMPA members 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 trainee candidates from diverse backgrounds that have a demonstrated interest in working in production with the ultimate goal of becoming a producer. Activities can take place during any stage of production, including (but not limited to) research, development, on-set and office production, business affairs, marketing and promotion.

 

Trainee eligibility

  • Open to candidates who self-identify as being 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

Selection process

A selection panel established and supervised by the CMPA will award placements. Decisions will be based on the criteria set out for both the mentor and the trainee. The panel will be responsible for evaluating applications on their overall merit and the selection panel’s decisions on the awarded placements will be final. Given the high number of applications and the limited resources available, some deserving applications may not be successful. All applications will be assessed against the program’s goal to create meaningful placements that will ultimately help support emerging and mid-level producers’ efforts in developing their knowledge of and experience in the screen-based media production industry. As such, the selection panel may consider a number of factors in order to make their decisions on applications. These factors may include, but are not limited to, 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, and ability and experience in training)
  • Clear objectives and skills development goals
  • 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 screen-based media production industry

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 a minimum of $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. Each instalment will be given to the mentor upon submission of an invoice for the amount and the required supporting documentation (invoices, mid-term and final reports, final questionnaires and proof of payment for the trainee’s stipend).

 

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:

 

Trainees:

Mentors:

  • Letter of intent
  • Placement work plan
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ON HIATUS - CMPA Production Mentorship Program

CMPA Production Mentorship Program

At a glance

Deadline No deadline available at this time
Spots available 5
Duration of placement     20 weeks.
Trainee stipend $13,200 (minimum)
$6,600 from the program
$6,600 from the mentor company

 

This program will offer CMPA members the opportunity to work with emerging and mid-level producers. The focus of the initiative is to provide general producer training to those who are starting out their careers, have limited experience in the screen-based media production industry or are transitioning into it from a different field. The program is open to all CMPA member companies in good standing and trainee candidates who have a demonstrated interest in working in production with the ultimate goal of becoming a producer. Activities can take place during any stage of production and include activities including but not limited to research, development, on-set and office production, business affairs, marketing and promotion.

 

Trainee eligibility

  • 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

Selection process

A selection panel established and supervised by the CMPA will award placements. Decisions will be based on the criteria set out for both the mentor and the trainee. The panel will be responsible for evaluating applications on their overall merit and the selection panel’s decisions on the awarded placements will be final. Given the high number of applications and the limited resources available, some deserving applications may not be successful. All applications will be assessed against the program’s goal to create meaningful placements that will ultimately help support emerging and mid-level producers’ efforts in developing their knowledge of and experience in the screen-based media production industry. As such, the selection panel may consider a number of factors in order to make their decisions on applications. These factors may include, but are not limited to, 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, and ability and experience in training)
  • Clear objectives and skills development goals
  • 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 screen-based media production industry

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 a minimum of $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. Each instalment will be given to the mentor upon submission of an invoice for the amount and the required supporting documentation (invoices, mid-term and final reports, final questionnaires and proof of payment for the trainee’s stipend).

 

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:

 

Trainees:

Mentors:

  • Letter of intent
  • Placement work plan
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Partner with us

Interested in partnering with the CMPA?

If you’d like to be involved in launching the careers of the next generation of media professionals, consider partnering with us to offer a branded mentorship program.

For more about partnership opportunities and benefits, contact:

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


FAQ

For interns

Do I have to find a mentor company to be considered for a program? If so, how?

Yes, intern candidates must find a CMPA member company and submit a joint application. Start your research with our member directory. Once you’ve found a company you’d like to approach, send them a resumé and offer to volunteer. After you’ve made a connection and the company has agreed to take you on for the duration of the placement, submit a joint application for one of our programs. Feel free to contact us at 1-800-656-7440 ext. 338 for more assistance.

I don’t have a birth certificate. What can I use as proof of citizenship?

A baptismal certificate or valid passport can be used for proof of citizenship. You must have proof of citizenship or permanent residency papers in order to apply.

I’m not a Canadian citizen. Can I still apply?

If you’re a permanent resident or a protected person within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, you’re eligible for our programs.

Do the programs have age restrictions?

Please check the individual program information for eligibility criteria, including age.

Can I apply to more than one program?

Yes, if you are eligible, but you cannot participate in more than one program at a time. You can only receive one CMPA grant per fiscal year.

How will I know if I’ve been accepted?

If you’re selected for placement, you’ll be notified by email approximately six to eight weeks after the application deadline. If your application is not successful, you’ll be notified by email within two months after the application deadline.

Are the intern stipends taxed?

Yes. The mentor company and the intern may agree to make deductions at source. (For most programs, we offer the option to take on the trainee on a contract or hire them as an employee.)

What do “unemployed” and “underemployed” mean?

You are considered unemployed if you are not being paid for any activities you are performing. If you’re working on a term or contract job that ends before the proposed placement begins and you have no job prospects when you apply, you may also be considered unemployed.

You are considered underemployed if you’re working part-time in your field of expertise or study, or you’re working full-time or part-time in an area not related to your field of expertise or study.

For mentors

Who can become a mentor?

You must be a CMPA member to apply to be a mentor.

How do I become a CMPA member?

Please visit our Membership section for more information and to apply for CMPA membership.

What do I have to contribute?

Please check the individual program information to learn the mentor company’s minimum financial contribution. Mentors can—and are encouraged to—offer a higher contribution than the minimum.

Do I have to issue the intern a T4?

Yes, you must issue a T4 or T4A to your intern.

If I apply unmatched, can I still get an intern?

You may not apply unmatched. However, we can help you find an intern to co-apply with—contact us at 1-800-656-7440 ext. 338 for more information.

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