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

COMING SOON - Student Work Placement Program

COMING SOON – Student Work Placement Program

At a glance

Deadline Ongoing intake
Spots available Up to 34

Duration of placement     12 weeks.
Mentee stipend $7,800 (minimum)
$5,850 from the program
$1,950 from the mentor company

 

Mentor applicants who do not have a student they wish to co-apply with may submit a detailed job description which will then be distributed to educational institutions in their geographical area and students will apply to the posting directly.

The CMPA is an inclusive organization that is committed to achieving greater diversity and representation from equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups, including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, persons from the broad spectrum of sexes, gender expressions and sexual orientations, and persons with disabilities. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups, or persons with intersectional identities.

Mentee eligibility

  • Must be a post-secondary student enrolled in an accredited educational institution
  • 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

 Mentor company eligibility

  • Must be a member of the CMPA
  • Must be co-applying with a mentee candidate. The CMPA will, on a case-by-case basis, endeavor to pair mentor companies  with suitable candidates. This does not guarantee that an application will be successful given the limited number of spots available
  • Must contribute a minimum of $1,950 toward the mentee stipend
  • A mentor applicant cannot be an employer or family member of the mentee with whom they are submitting a joint application

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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 4, 2021
Spots available 1
Duration of placement 20 weeks. Must be completed by March 21, 2022.
Mentee stipend $13,200 (minimum)
$6,600 from the program
$6,600 from the mentor company
Mentee 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.

Mentee 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. The CMPA will, on a case-by-case basis, endeavour to pair candidates with limited or no access to suitable mentor companies, with its qualifying members. This does not guarantee that an application will be successful given the limited number of spots available

Mentor company eligibility

  • Must be a member of the 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 mentee candidate. The CMPA will, on a case-by-case basis, endeavour to pair mentor companies with suitable candidates. This does not guarantee that an application will be successful given the limited number of spots available
  • Must contribute a minimum of $ 6,600 toward the mentee stipend
  • A mentor applicant cannot be an employer or family member of the mentee with whom they are 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 mentee receives a minimum of $13,200 for their 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 mentee, 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 mentee’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 mentee’s stipend.)

Selection process

A selection panel will award placements. Decisions will be based on the criteria set out for both the mentor and the mentee. 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. 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-mentee relationship (eg. shared goals and objectives; post-placement 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. mentee’s job description; diversity of training; mentor supervision) vs. proposed mentee’s related education, professional goals, and work or volunteer experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to screen-based media production industry

Historically, CMPA mentorship programs have been oversubscribed; as such some worthy applications may not be successful.

Application process

We only accept applications via our online application portal. Should you require assistance with your application, please contact us.

Please note that applicants will be required to upload the following documents during the process:

Mentees:

Mentors:

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

Apply →

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CLOSED - Export Development Mentorship Program

Export Development Mentorship Program

At a glance

Deadline October 4, 2021
Spots available 5
Duration of placement 20 weeks
Mentee stipend $13,200 (minimum)
$6,600 from the program
$6,600 from the mentor company
Mentee international development support allowance Up to $900 per mentee
Eligibility No age restriction. Available across Canada.

 

This mentorship program will provide screen-based independent production companies with competitive advantage by working with an emerging or mid-level producer on international development activities for a 20-week period.

 

The placement will focus on training emerging and mid-level producers in exporting internationally and developing their expertise in co-production. The training must focus on working on international co-productions, attending virtual festivals and markets, market research, developing the company’s export strategy and/or attracting foreign partners or investment.

 

Under the personal guidance of seasoned industry professionals, participants will further their knowledge, enhance their skill sets, develop their business and creative abilities and increase their potential for career advancement in the independent production sector. Participants will also gain a solid understanding of a variety of practices and strategies that can help Canadian companies compete internationally.

 

The CMPA is an inclusive organization that is committed to achieving greater diversity and representation from equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups, including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, persons from the broad spectrum of sexes, gender expressions and sexual orientations, and persons with disabilities.  As such, we welcome and encourage applications from equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups, or persons with intersectional identities.

 

This program is supported by Telefilm Canada’s Promotions Program.

 

Mentee eligibility

  • Open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents, 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. The CMPA will, on a case-by-case basis, endeavour to pair candidates prior to applying with limited or no access to suitable mentor companies, with its qualifying members. This does not guarantee that an application will be successful given the limited number of spots available.

Mentor company eligibility

  • Must be a member of the CMPA
  • Must contribute a minimum of $6,600 toward the participant stipend
  • Must be co-applying with a mentee candidate. The CMPA will, on a case-by-case basis, endeavour to pair mentor companies  with suitable candidates. This does not guarantee that an application will be successful given the limited number of spots available
  • Cannot be an employer or family member of the participant with whom they are submitting a joint application

Payment of funds

Each mentee receives a minimum of $13,200 for their 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 mentee, 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 mentee’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 mentee’s stipend).

International business development support

Each mentee is eligible to receive up to $900 to offset additional expenses that help enhance their understanding of international market trends, including registration to virtual international events, subscription to international publications, purchasing market reports, access international consultants or export training opportunities.

Selection process

A selection panel will select the placements. Decisions will be based on the criteria set out for both the mentor and the mentee. 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.  All applications will be assessed against the program’s goal to to create meaningful placements that will ultimately help support emerging and mid-level producers’ efforts in developing their knowledge of and experience in international business development. 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-mentee relationship (e.g., shared goals and objectives; post-placement employment opportunities with the mentor company; financial contribution to the mentee’s stipend; demonstrated commitment to sharing expertise, and ability and experience in training)
  • Clear internship objectives and skills development goals
  • Strength of the proposed training schedule (e.g., mentee’s job description; diversity of training; mentor supervision) vs. proposed mentee’s related education, professional goals, and work or volunteer experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to the film, television and interactive production industry

Historically, CMPA mentorship programs have been oversubscribed; as such some worthy applications may not be successful.

Application process

We only accept applications via our online application portal. Should you require assistance with your application, please contact us.

Please note that applicants will be required to upload the following documents during the process.

 

Mentees:

Mentors:

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

Apply →

About Telefilm Canada

Created in 1967, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through its various funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent here at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty co-productions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund and the Talent Fund, a private donation initiative. telefilm.ca

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CLOSED - CMPA British Columbia Production Mentorship Program

CMPA British Columbia Production Mentorship Program

At a glance

Deadline October 4, 2021
Spots available 7

Minimum 2 dedicated to mentee applicants from equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups

Duration of placement     20 weeks
Mentee 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 mentee 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 is an inclusive organization that is committed to achieving greater diversity and representation from equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups, including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, persons from the broad spectrum of sexes, gender expressions and sexual orientations, and persons with disabilities.  As such, we welcome and encourage applications from equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups, or persons with intersectional identities.

 

A minimum of 35% of all mentorship placements will be reserved for mentees from equity-seeking, sovereignty-seeking, or intersectional groups.

Mentee 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.  The CMPA will, on a case-by-case basis, endeavour to pair candidates with limited or no access to suitable mentor companies, with its qualifying members. This does not guarantee that an application will be successful given the limited number of spots available.

 Mentor company eligibility

  • Must be a member of the CMPA
  • Must be based in British Columbia
  • Must be co-applying with a mentee candidate
  • Must be co-applying with a mentee candidate. The CMPA will, on a case-by-case basis, endeavour to pair mentor companies  with suitable candidates. This does not guarantee that an application will be successful given the limited number of spots available
  • Must contribute a minimum of $6,600 toward the mentee stipend
  • A mentor applicant cannot be an employer or family member of the mentee with whom they are submitting a joint application

Selection process

A selection panel will award placements. Decisions will be based on the criteria set out for both the mentor and the mentee. 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-mentee relationship (e.g., shared goals and objectives; post-placement employment opportunities with the mentor company; financial contribution to the mentee’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., mentee’s job description; diversity of training; mentor supervision) vs. proposed mentee’s related education, professional goals, and work or volunteer experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to screen-based media production industry

Historically, CMPA mentorship programs have been oversubscribed; as such some worthy applications may not be successful.

Payment of funds

Each mentee receives a minimum of $13,200 for their 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 mentee, 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 mentee’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 mentee’s stipend).

Application process

We only accept applications via our online application portal. Should you require assistance with your application, please contact us.

Please note that applicants will be required to upload the following documents during the process:

 

Mentees:

Mentors:

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

Apply →

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CLOSED - CMPA Mentorship Program for Diverse Producers

CMPA Mentorship Program for Diverse Producers

At a glance

Deadline October 4, 2021
Spots available 10
Duration of placement     20 weeks
Mentee stipend $13,200 (minimum)
$9,900 from the program
$3,300 from the mentor company
Elibility criteria Open to CMPA member companies that are owned and operated by members of equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups, and applying with mentee candidates from equity-seeking and sovereignty -seeking groups

 

The CMPA is an inclusive organization that is committed to achieving greater diversity and representation from equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups, including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, persons from the broad spectrum of sexes, gender expressions and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities and intersectional candidates belonging to multiple communities. As such, we strive to develop mentorship and training opportunities that help growing the talent base of equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking 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 CMPA member companies in good standing that are owned and operated by members of equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups applying with mentee candidates from equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups 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.

Mentee eligibility

  • Open to candidates who self-identify as being a member of one or more equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups, or are intersectional candidates
  • 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.  The CMPA will, on a case-by-case basis, endeavour to pair candidates with limited or no access to suitable mentor companies, with its qualifying members. This does not guarantee that an application will be successful given the limited number of spots available

 Mentor company eligibility

  • Must be a member of the CMPA, and owned and operated by members of equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups
  • Must be co-applying with a mentee candidate. The CMPA will, on a case-by-case basis, endeavour to pair mentor companies  with suitable candidates. This does not guarantee that an application will be successful given the limited number of spots available
  • Must contribute a minimum of $6,600 toward the trainee stipend
  • A mentor applicant cannot be an employer or family member of the mentee with whom they are submitting a joint application

Selection process

A selection panel will award placements. Decisions will be based on the criteria set out for both the mentor and the mentee. 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-mentee relationship (e.g., shared goals and objectives; post-placement employment opportunities with the mentor company; financial contribution to the mentee’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., mentee’s job description; diversity of training; mentor supervision) vs. proposed mentee’s related education, professional goals, and work or volunteer experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to screen-based media production industry

Historically, CMPA mentorship programs have been oversubscribed; as such some worthy applications may not be successful.

Payment of funds

Each trainee receives a minimum of $13,200 for their placement. The program contributes $9,900, while the mentor company must contribute a minimum of $3,300. Upon selection each mentor company must sign a contract with the CMPA and the mentee, 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 mentee’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 mentee’s stipend).

 

Application process

We only accept applications via our online application portal. Should you require assistance with your application, please contact us.

Please note that applicants will be required to upload the following documents during the process:

 

Mentees:

Mentors:

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

Apply →

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CLOSED - CMPA Production Mentorship Program

CMPA Production Mentorship Program

At a glance

Deadline October 4, 2021
Spots available 20
Minimum 7 dedicated to mentee applicants from equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups
Duration of placement     20 weeks.
Mentee 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 mentee 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 is an inclusive organization that is committed to achieving greater diversity and representation from equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups, including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, persons from the broad spectrum of sexes, gender expressions and sexual orientations, and persons with disabilities. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from equity-seeking and sovereignty-seeking groups, or persons with intersectional identities.

A minimum of 35% of all mentorship placements will be reserved for mentees from equity-seeking, sovereignty-seeking, or intersectional groups.

Mentee 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.  The CMPA will, on a case-by-case basis, endeavor to pair candidates with limited or no access to suitable mentor companies, with its qualifying members. This does not guarantee that an application will be successful given the limited number of spots available.

 Mentor company eligibility

  • Must be a member of the CMPA
  • Must be co-applying with a mentee candidate. The CMPA will, on a case-by-case basis, endeavor to pair mentor companies  with suitable candidates. This does not guarantee that an application will be successful given the limited number of spots available
  • Must contribute a minimum of $6,600 toward the mentee stipend
  • A mentor applicant cannot be an employer or family member of the mentee with whom they are submitting a joint application

Selection process

A selection panel will award placements. Decisions will be based on the criteria set out for both the mentor and the mentee. 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. 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-mentee relationship (e.g., shared goals and objectives; post-placement employment opportunities with the mentor company; financial contribution to the mentee’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

Historically, CMPA mentorship programs have been oversubscribed; as such some worthy applications may not be successful.

Payment of funds

Each mentee receives a minimum of $13,200 for their 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 mentee, 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 mentee’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 mentee’s stipend).

 

Application process

We only accept applications via our online application portal.  Should you require assistance with your application, please contact us.

Please note that applicants will be required to upload the following documents during the process:

 

Mentees:

Mentors:

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

Apply →

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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 mentees

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’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 mentee stipends taxed?

Yes. The mentor company and the mentee may agree to make deductions at source. (For most programs, we offer the option to take on the mentee 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 mentee.

If I apply unmatched, can I still get a mentee?

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

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