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Policy and

The CMPA advocates for Canada’s independent producers, helping to shape policies that will support the vitality of our industry.


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Emily Holtby

Senior Director, Government & Stakeholder Relations

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Government relations

As the face of Canada’s independent media production industry, the CMPA works to promote the value of our sector to federal and provincial governments.

We regularly meet with government officials to advocate on critical issues to our industry, such as broadcasting, funding, copyright, taxation and trade. We participate in government consultations, appear before parliamentary committees, and undertake research to help government make informed decisions.

The CMPA also regularly meets and communicates with elected officials, political staff and senior officials in government departments with a primary focus on the Prime Minister’s Office, Canadian Heritage, Finance Canada, Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

We also engage with Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) and provincial funding bodies on the funding of Canadian content.

Producers and Politics is the CMPA’s government relations update.

This quarterly publication keeps members up to date on the association’s government relations and advocacy efforts.

To access the latest issue of Producers and Politics, .


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Alain Strati

Senior Vice-President, Industry, Policy and General Counsel

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Regulatory affairs

The CMPA represents the interests of Canadian independent producers in regulatory affairs, including before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Our goal is to maintain and improve upon Canada’s regulatory environment, so that independent producers are given every opportunity to thrive.

The CRTC regulates and supervises Canada’s broadcasting system, as mandated in the federal government’s Broadcasting Act. According to the Act, each element of the broadcasting system must contribute to the creation and presentation of Canadian programming, and must include a significant amount of programming from the Canadian independent production sector.

The CRTC engages in policy proceedings to set Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications policies and regulations, and Canadian broadcasters apply to the CRTC for approval of new television licences, renewals and acquisitions. The CMPA intervenes in these proceedings to ensure that the perspective of Canadian independent producers is heard.