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.

Diversity and inclusion resources

The CMPA is committed to elevating underrepresented voices in Canada’s media production industry.

 

While recognizing that we must do better, both as an organization and as an industry, we also want to empower our members with information to help them guide their own efforts towards positive change. The list of resources below is by no means intended to be a complete list. It is intended to be used by members in their own efforts to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion within their companies. Should you wish to suggest and contribute resources to this list, or have requests for additional resources, please contact us at the coordinates below.

Access Reelworld

Access Reelworld bills itself as the most complete Database of Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American communities in the Canadian entertainment industry. It contains talent from all aspects of the screen-based industries – in front of and behind the cameras. Use this database to find above the line talent, below the line talent, applicants to sit on your Board of Directors, or hire for your non-profit arts organizations, and your productions companies.

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Databases

Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative is the leading think tank in the world studying diversity and inclusion in entertainment through original research and sponsored projects. Beyond research, the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative develops targeted, research-based solutions to tackle inequality.

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International

BIPOC TV & Film

BIPOC TV & Film is a grassroots organization and collective of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour in Canada’s TV and film industry. From writers, directors, producers and actors to editors, crew members and executives, our members are a mix of emerging, mid-level and established industry professionals. BIPOC TV & Film is dedicated to increasing the representation of BIPOC both in front and behind the camera.

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Advocacy

Black is Now/The Black Academy

Recognizing a scarcity of platforms in Canada that celebrate Black talent in the arts, entertainment, and sports, Canadian actors and brothers Shamier Anderson and Stephan James founded The Black Academy. The organization is dedicated to breaking down barriers of discrimination and combating systemic racism in Canada. By honouring, celebrating, and showcasing established and emerging Black talent, The Black Academy will elevate and inspire Black talent in both the Anglophone and Francophone communities across the country for generations to come. A permanent, year-round, and national operation, The Black Academy is a division of the not-for-profit B.L.A.C.K Canada. The division was launched in 2020 and is based in Toronto.

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Advocacy

Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion

The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) is a made-in-Canada solution designed to help employers, diversity and inclusion/human rights/equity, and human resources practitioners effectively address the full picture of diversity, equity and inclusion within the workplace. Founded and run by experienced diversity and inclusion practitioners, CCDI’s focus is on practical sustainable solutions that help employers move toward true inclusion. Effectively managing diversity and inclusion, and human rights and equity is a strategic imperative for all Canadian organizations that wish to remain relevant and competitive.

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Research and reports

Assessments and toolkits

Center for Scholars & Storytellers – AIR report

Just because a film numerically has a cast that includes more members from a variety of backgrounds, it may not actually reflect true diversity in its storytelling. To determine if there is true diversity in storytelling — what we call Authentically Inclusive Representation (AIR) — it is necessary to examine both: (a) if there are individuals from diverse backgrounds (in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and their intersections) on the screen and behind the scenes; (b) if such diversity is present, whether the characters and story on-screen reflect genuine aspects of the culture being portrayed (i.e., instead of relying on and reinscribing stereotypes or tropes). The result of our research was finding that a movie that lacks AIR can indeed cost a distributor big-time at the box office.

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Research and reports

Assessments and toolkits

Consultants

Adrienne Smith Law

Transgender inclusion training, confronting white supremacy for white people, basic social justice training, document and system review for human rights compliance.

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Consulting and coaching

Facilitation and mediation

Training and workshops

Alden Habacon

For sixteen years I have been helping organizations increase diversity and achieve real culture change towards inclusive excellence. I help executive and senior leadership, professionals, and educators meet the demands of a rapidly diversifying workplace, community or classroom

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Consulting and coaching

Speaking and storytelling

Training and workshops

And Humanity / Tammy Tsang

We do Inclusive Marketing – defined as elevating underrepresented voices and diverse role models by channelling authentic brands and creating thoughtful content, which deepens customer loyalty and influences positive social change.

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Consulting and coaching

Other

Bear Standing Tall

Bear Standing Tall & Associates is an Indigenous-owned company that provides Consulting and Corporate Training.

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Consulting and coaching

Training and workshops

Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion

Our goal is to help employers celebrate diversity and difference with a model that blends social impact and proven business tactics for inclusive work environments that mobilize the potential of individuals – and of teams.

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Consulting and coaching

Training and workshops

Research

Cicely Blain Consulting

Cicely Blain Consulting is a diversity and inclusion consulting firm that cares about you and your clients. We are committed to helping you foster inclusion and equity in your workplace.

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Consulting and coaching

Facilitation and mediation

Training and workshops

Contacts

Marcia Douglas
Senior Director, Business Affairs
marcia.douglas@cmpa.ca
416-304-0286 /1-800-267-8208 x 250

Linda Hay
Director, Industry & Member Development
linda.hay@cmpa.ca
604-694-2717 / 1-866-390-7639 x 125


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.

 

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.

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

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.

 

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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Susanne Vaas
Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs
susanne.vaas@cmpa.ca
1-613-688-0950 /
1-800-656-7440 ext. 337


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

 

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


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
Lead Negotiator and Senior 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

 

Susanne Vaas
Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs
susanne.vaas@cmpa.ca
1-613-688-0950 /
1-800-656-7440  ext. 337

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