Policy and advocacy
The CMPA advocates for Canada’s independent producers, helping to shape policies that will support the vitality of our industry.
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. To find past submissions to the federal government, go to our resource library and select the category “government submissions.”
The CMPA also regularly meets and communicates with elected officials, political staff and senior officials in government departments such as Canadian Heritage, Finance Canada, 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.
What we’ve been working on
CMPA welcomes federal budget that invests in Canadian content
OTTAWA, February 27, 2018—The Canadian Media Producers Association applauded measures included in today’s federal budget to maintain funding for the Canada Media Fund.
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.
To find past CRTC submissions filed by the CMPA, go to our resource library and select the category “CRTC submissions.”
What we’ve been working on
CMPA statement on joint open letter by Bell Media, Corus Entertainment and Rogers Media
OTTAWA, August 3, 2017—In a rebuttal letter published in yesterday’s Hill Times, Canada’s English-language private broadcasters (Bell Media, Corus Entertainment and Rogers Media) contested the facts of a joint open letter published a week earlier on July 24th by a coalition of 19 groups representing Canada’s screen-based media industry.
Joint open letter to Minister Mélanie Joly regarding CRTC decisions
OTTAWA, July 24, 2017—Thousands of Canadians who value Canadian content or who work in the independent television production industry are deeply concerned about the recent CRTC licence renewal decisions for the English-language television groups.
Canada’s independent producers, performers and directors petition Minister Joly to reject CRTC decision
OTTAWA, June 29, 2017—Today the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), and the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) submitted a joint petition to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, asking her to set aside, or refer back, the CRTC’s Group Licence Renewal decisions for Canada’s large television broadcasters, released last month.
An International Comparative Study
How National Content is Defined in Canada and Selected Countries for the Purpose of Providing Access to Public Support (December 2015)
Impact of the 2003 Communications Act on Indie Producers
If you have questions about your negotiations with funders, broadcasters, distributors or digital services, please contact:
Chief Legal Officer
1-800-267-8208 ext. 233
Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs
1-800-656-7440 ext. 337
Director, Business Affairs & Digital Initiatives
1-800-267-8208 ext. 250
The CMPA represents the interests of independent producers in their dealings with funders, broadcasters, distributors and VOD companies.
Key areas of focus include:
- Ownership and retention of intellectual property
- Development and production strategies
- Licensing conditions
- Editorial control
- Equity and recoupment
- Producer tax credits
- Delivery and exploitation
Terms of Trade
Terms of Trade agreements between independent producers and Canada’s large private broadcasters provide a balanced framework for the negotiation of deals.
In 2011, the CMPA successfully negotiated a historic Terms of Trade agreement with Astral (now part of Bell Media), Bell Media, Corus Entertainment, Rogers Media and Shaw Media (now part of Corus Entertainment). (While Corus signed a separate Terms of Trade agreement, it contains no substantive differences from the agreement signed with the other broadcasters.)
The agreement applies to all independently produced projects produced during the term of the agreement, and is a condition of licence for these broadcasters imposed by the CRTC. This agreement remained in effect until August 31, 2017.
Terms of Trade continues to apply to agreements entered into with these broadcasters before September 1, 2017. However, going forward, producers can expect that these broadcasters will be presenting new deal terms that will be significantly less beneficial and less equitable to producers than they were under Terms of Trade. The Terms of Trade agreement remains a model framework for how producers may approach their dealings with these broadcasters.
Terms of Trade agreements
Astral Bell Rogers Shaw Terms of Trade agreement
Terms of Trade agreement between Astral Television Networks A Division of Astral Broadcasting Group Inc, Bell Media Inc, Rogers Broadcasting Limited, Shaw Media Inc, and the Canadian Media Production Association