Producers toolkit

 

The producers toolkit is an continually evolving list of tools, knowledge and resources designed to help production company owners make informed decisions to grow their businesses.

Anti-harassment resources

The CMPA is committed to working with our members and stakeholders from across the production sector to address and eliminate discrimination, harassment and bullying behaviour in our industry.

Tools

As part of this effort we have developed a suite of anti-harassment tools and resources, which are accessible for member companies through the links below.

As this is an issue of upmost importance, the CMPA is also making these resources available for non-members. Individuals may get in touch with Lisa Moreau to request materials.

Making reports to the CMPA

The CMPA has a code of conduct in place for board and staff, as well as member companies.

Should anyone wish to make a complaint to the CMPA about a CMPA board member, staff member or member company, please contact the CMPA’s Chief Legal Officer Erin Finlay by email or by phone at 647-789-2492.

Anti-harassment training for producers

Anti-harassment training for producers

Handbook on workplace sexual harassment

The handbook, which can be downloaded here (login required), covers examples and forms of sexual harassment, employer obligations, tools for bystanders, avenues of redress and territorial legislation for every province.

 

Training videos

The above mentioned handbook is a compliment to a four-hour workshop conducted by Rubin Thomlinson. Videos from the workshop are available on the CMPA member portal to access at any time (login required). The videos cover the following issues:

 

1) What is sexual harassment?
2) Employer/employee obligations
3) Basics of workplace investigations
4) Bystander interventions

 

The importance of addressing the issue of harassment cannot be overstated, so in an effort to support positive change in industry workplaces, the CMPA is making the handbook and the training videos available to non-members. Individuals may get in touch with Lisa Moreau to request the materials.

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Workplace policy and program

Workplace policy and program

Template of workplace policy and program

Pursuant to legislation in certain provinces and to the CMPA member declaration, member companies must have a workplace violence and workplace harassment policy and program that is communicated to all employees, contractors and agents. The CMPA has commissioned a template, which can be accessed here (login required). We hope it will be useful as a tool to assist with compliance, and with setting the tone for a respectful workplace. If you choose to use this template, we encourage you to adapt it to the circumstances of your workplace and ensure that it adequately reflects your organization’s needs and obligations.

 

Making reports to the CMPA

The CMPA has a code of conduct in place for board and staff, as well as member companies. Should anyone wish to make a complaint to the CMPA about a CMPA board member, staff member or member company, please contact the CMPA’s Chief Legal Officer Erin Finlay by email or by phone at 647-789-2492.

 

The CMPA will respond to all complaints that are within its authority. However, we remind members that employers are responsible for providing a safe and respectful environment and conducting investigations of allegations made against their employees; the CMPA will not conduct investigations that would rightly be conducted by member companies. For example, if a report is made of an incident involving two crew members on set, the complaint will be redirected to the producer/employer.

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Contact

 

Marguerite Pigott
Vice-President, Outreach & Strategic Initiatives
marguerite.pigott@cmpa.ca
1-647-789-2490 /
1-800-267-8208 ext. 230


Immigration and work permits

Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), which is operated by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), allows employers to hire temporary foreign workers to fill temporary labour and skill shortages. The permit process is subject to approval through a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The LMIA verifies that there is a need for a temporary worker and that qualified Canadians are not available.

Program highlights

  • There is a $1,000 CAD non-refundable processing fee for each application.

  • Applications may be submitted up to six months in advance. Applications submitted more than six months in advance may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • It is possible to change the name of the TFW after the fact, once the LMIA is approved.

Read the step-by-step guide to the TFWP application process.

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International Mobility Program (IMP)

International Mobility Program (IMP)

Canada’s International Mobility Program (IMP), which is operated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), allows employers to hire temporary foreign workers without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)—that is, without verifying that there is a need for a temporary worker and that qualified Canadians are not available.

Exemption for film and television

Foreign workers in the film and television industry may be eligible for an LMIA exemption (which is processed through the IMP under LMIA exemption code C14). Foreign workers who do not qualify for an exemption under the IMP may still apply for a work permit under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Program highlights

  • Employers are required to register, enter information on the offer of employment, and pay a compliance fee of $230 on the online Employer Portal. (The fee may be reimbursed if the application is subsequently refused, or if the employer withdraws the offer of employment before the work permit is issued.)

  • Once the employer and offer is properly registered, the portal will generate a proof of payment and an ID number.

  • In order to apply for a work permit, the applicant will need the proof of payment, offer of employment ID number, letter of support from the production, and a letter of no objection from the applicable union.

  • Applications for work permits are filed online in the Employer Portal, but processed at the border by the Canada Border Services Agency.

View a presentation about the IMP in the television and film sector.
Learn more about IMP Exemption Code C14.
Visit the Employer Portal for an enrollment guide, user guide and technical support.
Browse FAQs around LMIA exemptions for the television and film sector.

Exemption for treaty co-productions

Under LMIA exemption code T11, foreign workers entering under the terms of a treaty co-production agreement between Canada and any foreign country may be eligible for an LMIA exemption. The fees and application process are similar to those described above.

Learn more about IMP exemption code T11.
Learn how to submit a co-production request.

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Contact

 

Warren Ross
Vice-President, National Industrial Relations and Senior Counsel
warren.ross@cmpa.ca
1-416-304-0281 /
1-800-267-8208 ext. 227


Health and safety

Wherever you are working, it’s important to remember that safety always takes precedence over expediency.

In most cases, the producer is responsible for taking all reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of everyone working on the production. Cast and crew also have a responsibility to work safely and in compliance with the applicable health and safety legislation. Productions are structured into departments with department heads, so there are clear reporting lines to the producer.

Any safety concerns should be brought the applicable department head or the producer—and should be welcomed as a sign of conscientiousness and professional competence.

Contact

 

Sean Porter
Director, National Industrial Relations and Counsel
1-647-797-1856 /
1-800-267-8208 ext. 237
sean.porter@cmpa.ca

Christine Rutherford
Manager, National Industrial Relations
1-416-304-0278 /
1-800-267-8208 ext. 226
christine.rutherford@cmpa.ca

Industry research and analysis


The CMPA regularly undertakes research in the interest of understanding market trends and exploring new opportunities in order to further the growth and success of Canadian independent production.

 

Our three guiding research themes are:

Business strategy and innovation

Research that adds to the producers toolkit for business development and innovation.

Industry vitality

Exploring the industry’s cultural and economic impact, production trends, challenges and opportunities.

 

Policy in action

Studying the impact of policy and regulation on Canada’s media production sector and around the globe.

Business strategy and innovation

Business strategy and innovation

Research that adds to the producers toolkit for business development and innovation.

 


 

Equity Investment Guide (2018)

 

The objective of this guide is to provide Canadian media production firms with a sound overview of equity investment fundamentals and strategies needed to raise capital or acquire debt in order to grow their companies.

 

Produced by FG8 for the CMPA


Strengthening the Business: Capitalizing Canada’s Content Business (2016)

 

For most producers, business strategy is determined by project financing – very few successfully move beyond this model to building out corporate growth strategies. Mirroring this structural challenge is the perception amongst potential financiers that the content business lacks stability and scalability; that content is inherently unpredictable, and is therefore a risky and generally unattractive investment. And yet, we live in an era where ‘content is king’ has never rung so true! The purpose of this study is to help content producers who are interested in growing their businesses better equip themselves to do so.

 

Produced by Duopoly for the CMPA


 

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Industry vitality

Industry vitality

Exploring the industry’s cultural and economic impact, production trends, challenges and opportunities.

 


 

Exporting Canadian Television Globally: Trends, Opportunities and Future Directions (2017)

 

The goals of the study were three-fold: to identify key trends in international sales of television programs generally and Canadian television programs specifically; to provide intelligence on challenges and opportunities to increase foreign sales; and to identify policies, programs and initiatives to support foreign sales in other jurisdictions and make recommendations to ensure that Canadian initiatives are competitive.

 

Produced by Communications MDR for the CMPA


Exporting Canadian Feature Films in Global Markets: Trends, Opportunities and Future Directions (2017)

 

The goals of this study were three-fold: to identify key trends in international sales of feature films generally and Canadian independent feature films specifically; to provide intelligence on challenges and opportunities to increase foreign sales; and to identify policies, programs and initiatives to support foreign sales in other jurisdictions and make recommendations to ensure that Canadian initiatives are competitive.

 

Produced by Communications MDR for the CMPA


 

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Policy in action

Policy in action

Studying the impact of policy and regulation on Canada’s media production sector and around the globe.

 


 

International Comparative Study: How National Content is Defined in Canada and Selected Countries for the Purpose of Providing Access to Public Support (2015)

The overall goal of this study is to assess whether Canada is on par with other countries in terms of how national content is defined for the purpose of accessing public funding and hence, whether its approach is globally competitive.

 

Produced by Olsberg•SPI for the CMPA

 


 

Impact of the 2003 Communications Act on Indie Producers (2015)

This report provides detail on the impact of the UK’s Terms of Trade, looking closely at how they were introduced and how they affected Indies, broadcasters and also UK television viewers. It  also considers how Ofcom’s ongoing involvement has been crucial to the realisation of these successes.

 

Produced by Olsberg•SPI for the CMPA

 


 

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Contact

 

Nicholas Mills
Director, Research
nicholas.mills@cmpa.ca
1-613-690-0902 /
1-800-656-7440  ext. 325

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