NATIONAL PRODUCTION INCENTIVES – CANADA

In addition to a large pool of professional creators and technicians, Canada offers exceptional financial incentives, infrastructure, geographic versatility, and awe-inspiring production value. Canadian cities are generally production-friendly, with the ability to double for other cities in the United States and elsewhere around the world. With large production studios spread throughout the country and a good exchange rate on the dollar, Canada is a great option for your next production.


Canadian National Film, Television & Digital Media Incentives and Funding
Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund
Industry Development
Program overview

The Bell Fund supports the development and production of premium quality, Canadian content for broadcast and digital platforms that are accessible to all Canadians.

As a national fund, the Bell Fund seeks opportunities to support organizations to enhance activities including but not limited to training, events, conferences and fellowships for the screen-based industry across Canada in English and French.

Bell Fund contributions support initiatives aimed at emerging creators, diverse voices, women from our industry, regional producers and Audience development (discoverability) training, to help creators find and grow audiences.

Requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis. If your event/organization aligns with these objectives and Bell Fund programs we encourage you to contact the Bell Fund directly (info@bellfund.ca) to ask about support. You might then be directed to apply via the online portal.

Required Documentation
  • A Project Details Form (using Bell Fund template)
  • Applications require a completed Project Details Form
  • Financial Structure and estimated revenue.
  • List of Board of Directors and/or Advisory Committee Members.
Financial Participation
  • A contract establishes the terms and conditions of the grant.
  • The Bell Fund assumes no responsibility for any deficit incurred by the applicant and expects no reimbursement in the event of a profit, as long as the applicant respects its budgetary and contractual commitments.
  • Payments are made according to a payment schedule established for each project. Payments may be delayed or withheld if adequate documentation is not provided.
  • Acceptance of funding from the Bell Fund establishes the Fund’s right to audit all accounts and records of the applicant.

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Bell Fund website.

Short Form Digital Series
Program overview

Supports the development and production of cross-platform digital media and television. The television component must be designated as a drama, variety, documentary, lifestyle, reality, or children’s/youth program.

Who Can Apply

The purpose of the Short-Form Digital Series Program is to fund premium, original, digital video series for online distribution, specifically the production of fiction (drama, comedy, and children’s and youth programming) and non-fiction (documentary and lifestyle/factual programming). Only series will be supported, with a maximum length of 15 minutes per episode and a minimum of 6 episodes.

Key Dates

 There will be two opportunities to apply to the Short-Form Digital Series Program in 2023.

  • First Funding Deadline: April 3, 2023 (7pm EST)
  • Portal Opening Date: March 13, 2023
  • Platform Pre-Approval Deadline: Monday, March 13, 2023

  • Second Funding Deadline: September 26, 2023 (7pm EST)
  • Portal Opening Date: TBD
  • Platform Pre-approval Deadline: September 5, 2023

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Bell Fund website.

Slate Development
Program overview

The purpose of the Slate Development program is to help independent production companies diversify their development slate both in terms of numbers of projects and variety of platforms and media by offering financial support for the planning and development of original intellectual property (“IP”).

First time applicants to the Slate Development program must attend an application clinic. Visit the bookings page for dates and sign up information. Applicants are encouraged to sign up as soon as registration opens.

Who Can Apply
  • A production company that received funding in the previous round (November 2021 deadline) is not eligible to apply to the Slate Program (in November 2022), however, may apply in 2023.
  • A Slate must contain two or three projects.
  • The maximum request is $75,000 per slate AND 100% of eligible costs may be requested. (See Slate guidelines for details re; min/max requests for projects and slates).
Key Dates
  • Application Deadline: November 27, 2023 (7pm EST)
  • The application portal opens approximately one month prior to the deadline.
  • *Kindly note that the 2023 Slate Development Program Guidelines will be published in the coming months. Applicants are expected to check this page regularly to stay informed about documentation updates.

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Bell Fund website.

TV Program
Program overview

The Bell Fund launched a TV program in 2018 to support the production of great,
market-driven Canadian content in the genres of lifestyle, drama, comedy, and
documentary series.

For the purposes of the allocation of funds for this Program we are distinguishing
between major production funders (see below for definition), private, and public
broadcasters.

Key Dates

TV Selective

  • The TV Selective application portal opens on Friday, March 13, 2023.
  • Deadline: April 3, 2023 (7pm EST)

TV MPF

  • The TV MPF application portal opens on Friday, March 13, 2023
  • Deadline: December 2023.

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Bell Fund website.

Canada Media Fund
Development Envelope Program
Program overview

In the Development Envelope Program, the CMF contributes to Eligible Projects through Development Envelope allocations, which are apportionments of CMF Program funds made to Canadian Broadcasters. Broadcasters may then choose which development Projects they wish to allot a portion of their Development Envelope Allocation to, subject to specified Maximum Contribution amounts and other limitations.

The CMF supports activities related to the development of digital media content associated with the Television Component
of the project. Depending on the project, allowable Eligible Costs shall be the following:
▪ Research;
▪ Arms-length legal costs;
▪ Accounting fees (if review engagement is required as per the CMF Accounting and Reporting Requirements);
▪ Third-party preparation of the Production budget breakdown;
▪ Development of production budget and financing;
▪ Technology and content design;
▪ Market research;
▪ Prototype development; and/or
▪ Detailed production planning.
For clarity, Maximum Contribution Amounts and the Development Fee Threshold will be calculated on the project’s
combined Eligible Costs (e.g., both Television and Digital Media Components) and will be submitted through one single
application budget.

Who Can Apply

An Eligible Applicant to the CMF is either a for-profit (i.e., a taxable Canadian corporation, within the meaning of Canada’s
Income Tax Act) production company or Canadian Broadcaster (defined in section 2.1.1 above) that:
a) Is Canadian-controlled as determined in sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act.
b) Has its head office in Canada.
c) Is in good standing with all applicable talent and industry associations and guilds.
d) Has affirmed and attested that the Project submitted for funding complies with the CMF’s Narrative
Positioning Policy.
AND
e) All individuals that own and control the Applicant company/Applicant Canadian Broadcaster have registered
for a PERSONA-ID account(s) and have provided this account number as part of their Application.

Applicants who are unincorporated, but meet all other requirements above, may apply for development financing if they
have never received CMF funding before. Applicants, however, will be required to incorporate prior to signing a Development
Financing Agreement with the CMF.

An Eligible Project in this Program is defined as either (a) a TV Component or (b) TV and DM Component(s) that meets all
applicable section 3.2 criteria and subsections. The CMF recognizes that Projects at the development stage are necessarily
nascent, evolving works that may not strictly comply at application with all requirements of section 3.2 and its subsections.
As such, TV Components must be reasonably intended to comply with the three Essential Requirements (see section
3.2.TV.1), as appropriate to each category of production and programming genre, as set out in Appendix A, plus all other
requirements of sections 3.2.TV.1 through 3.2.TV.4. DM Components must be reasonably intended to comply with the
requirements of sections 3.2.DM.1 through 3.2.DM.4 as may be applicable to development. The CMF shall solely determine
whether a development Project is reasonably intended to comply with these sections.
Eligibility for development funding does not guarantee Applicant or Project eligibility for further CMF development or
production funding.

Key Dates

Opening Date: April 17, 2023

First Closing Date: October 16, 2023

Final Closing Date: December 7, 2023

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Canada Media Fund website.

Slate Development Pilot Program
Program overview

The Slate Development Pilot Program is designed to offer more flexibility to Eligible Applicants and allow them to choose and fund their development projects without the requirement of an attached Canadian Broadcaster (or other triggering entity). Eligibility to this program is based on attaining a threshold of reported gross sales and CMF-funded production and development activities. For this year’s iteration of the Program, Applicants will no longer receive a notification from the CMF advising them that they have been automatically awarded an SDE Allocation.  Instead, Applicants must apply using the List of Required Documents to demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria for this Program and funding will be awarded based on a selective process.

While successful Applicants may commit their (i) $75K (Children & Youth and Documentary) or (ii) $100K (Drama) SDE
Allocations to up to 3 Eligible Projects, the Maximum Contribution for each Eligible Project funded through this Program
shall be no more than 84% of the Project’s Eligible Costs.
Applicants will be required to submit a report with the details of the costs per Project within 24-months of receiving their
SDE Allocations.

Who Can Apply

All Eligible Projects funded through this Program shall be in the Documentary, Children and Youth or Drama genres.
All Eligible Projects funded through this Program shall be in the same language as the projects used to determine the
Applicant’s minimum gross sales requirement set out in section 3.1 above.
An Eligible Project in this Program is an English- or French- language Project that meets all applicable section 3.2 criteria
and subsections. The CMF recognizes that projects at the development stage are necessarily nascent, evolving works that
may not strictly comply at application with all requirements of section 3.2 and its subsections. As such, TV Components
must be reasonably intended to comply with the three Essential Requirements (see section 3.2.TV.1), as appropriate to
each category of production and programming genre, as set out in Appendix A, plus all other requirements of sections
3.2.TV.1 through 3.2.TV.4.
Eligibility for funding in this Program does not guarantee Applicant or Project eligibility for further CMF development funding
or CMF production funding.
A maximum of 3 Eligible Projects can be developed with funding from this Program.

An Eligible Applicant to this Program is a production company that:
a. Has not received funding from the Slate Development Pilot Program in 2021-2022 or 2022-2023;
b. Meets the following applicable minimum reported gross sales requirements

Project Language
Project Genre
MINIMUM REPORTED GROSS SALES TO THE CMF
FOR PROJECT(S) FROM 2018 to 2022
English
Children & Youth

or

Documentary
$75K
English
Drama
$1M
French
Children & Youth

or

Documentary
$50K
French
Drama
$750K

OR

Indigenous or Racialized Community Applicants

Project Language
Project Genre
MINIMUM REPORTED GROSS SALES TO THE CMF
FOR PROJECT(S) FROM 2018 to 2022
English, French or
Indigenous
Children & Youth

and/or

Documentary

and/or

Drama
$1000
Key Dates

Opening Date: November 1, 2023

Final Closing Date: November 16, 2023

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Canada Media Fund website

Versioning Program
Program overview

The Versioning Program is designed to both increase the reach of existing programming to Canadians through language versioning, and increase the revenue earned by Canadian producers through national and international sales.

The CMF contributes to Eligible Projects (see section 3.2) in the Versioning Program on a first-come, first-served basis until
resources are depleted. Eligible Applicants may apply with a maximum of five (5) applications in the Versioning Program.
In the event that a large number of Projects are submitted on the same date, creating oversubscription, the CMF may
distribute funding to those Projects deemed eligible on a proportional (pro-rated) basis, designate how many submitted
Projects (per Applicant) will receive funding, or elect to distribute funding in some other equitable manner, to be determined
in the CMF’s sole discretion.

Who Can Apply

Eligible Applicants:

An eligible Applicant to the CMF is either a for-profit (i.e., a taxable Canadian corporation, within the meaning of Canada’s
Income Tax Act) or Canadian Broadcaster (as defined in section 2.1.1 of the Performance Envelope Guidelines) that:
a) Is Canadian controlled as determined by sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act;
b) Has its head office in Canada; and
c) Is in good standing with all applicable talent and industry associations and guilds.
d) All individuals that own and control the Applicant company/Applicant Canadian Broadcaster have registered
for a PERSONA-ID account(s) and have provided this account number as part of their Application.
Where the Applicant is a distribution entity, it must hold distribution rights to the Project that is the subject of the
application

Eligible Projects:

An Eligible Project is (i) a Television Component and/or a Digital Media Component that has received production financing
support in any year from any Program in the CMFs Convergent Stream or (ii) an Eligible Project that has received production
financing support in any year from the CMF Digital Linear Series Program. For projects that have received production
financing support in the Convergent Stream, versioning funding may be provided for a Television Component alone, a Digital
Media Component alone, or both Components together.
An Eligible Project must be completed in its original language to be eligible under the Versioning Program. The CMF will
not usually contribute funding towards the versioning of a Project where there already exists a similar version of that Project
in the same language for commercial release. The CMF may contribute towards the versioning of a Project that already
exists in the target language where such versioning would improve its relevance to other markets. However, the work for
this additional version must be carried out in Canada by qualified, private-sector companies, using Canadian artists, actors,
employees and technicians (as applicable).

Key Dates

Opening Date: July 4, 2023

Final Closing Date: December 7, 2023

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Canada Media Fund website

Independent Production Fund
COGECO TV Production Program
Program overview

To provide Canadian independent producers with financing for the production of dramatic television series and mini-series.

Who can apply

To be eligible for support, an applicant must:

  • be a Canadian independent producer defined as a producer who operates a production company in Canada that is majority owned and controlled by Canadians;
  • have at least two years production experience and have already produced at least one broadcast dramatic Canadian television project as an independent producer.
Key Dates

DEADLINE: APRIL 17, 2023

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Independent Production Fund website. 

Professional Development
Program overview

The Professional Development program provides grants for Canadian non-profit organizations or associations whose activities reflect the objective of the Fund and enhance the quality and availability of Canadian dramatic web series.

Under this program, grants are available for Canadian organizations or associations whose activities reflect the objective of the Fund and enhance the quality and availability of Canadian scripted, dramatic web series. Activities that focus on, or include elements related to drama series for new platforms, are encouraged.

Who can apply

Documentation Required

  1. The Project Details Form (rev. May 2017)
  2. A detailed budget, including all expenses for the project and confirmed and expected sources of financing;
  3. Names and titles of responsible personnel and a list of Board of Directors and/or Advisory Committee Members, if applicable, including addresses and phone numbers
  4. In addition, any other documentation which will assist the Board in making its decision, as it relates to the project, should be included.

Financial Participation

  1. A contract is entered into between the successful applicant and the Fund establishing the terms and conditions of the grant.
  2. The Independent Production Fund assumes no responsibility for any deficit incurred by the applicant, and expects no reimbursement in the event of a profit, as long as the applicant respects its budgetary and contractual commitments.
  3. Payments are made according to a payment schedule established for each project. Payments may be delayed or withheld if adequate documentation is not provided.
  4. Acceptance of funding from the Independent Production Fund establishes the Fund’s right to audit all accounts and records of the applicant.
Key Dates

Deadline: Ongoing, 2022. Submit through the portal. Notify info@ipf.ca once the application has been submitted.

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Independent Production Fund website. 

Short Form Series Development Packaging Program
Program overview

The development packaging program provides repayable, non-interest bearing advances to assist independent producers create high quality original scripted short form series.

The Independent Production Fund (“IPF”) and the Canada Media Fund (“CMF”) encourage the development and growth of Canadian drama series and adapt their financing activities to most effectively fulfill needs identified as requiring support.

The Development Packaging Program (the “Program”) is designed to assist independent producers create high quality original scripted short form series. Projects will be in a better position to attract partners, financing, distribution and move into production.

The focus of the Program is to support outstanding story-driven content by providing funding that will enhance the development of strong creative materials, encourage the incubation of new talents and the participation of experienced professionals, provide opportunities for insightful business development and establish the quality and reputation of projects proceeding through the Program.

Who can apply

To be eligible for support, projects must:

  1. be new and original (second or subsequent seasons of a series are not eligible);
  2. not have already applied for production financing;
  3. be conceived as scripted, episodic short-form dramatic content¹ with multiple episodes and episodic running times that are less than 20 minutes;
  4. have a confirmed creative team at the time of application including producer and writer; a qualified and experienced story editor or development executive (who is a separate person than the writer and producer) must be confirmed on the creative team at the time of application. 
  5. 75% of the project’s eligible expenditures must be Canadian costs;
  6. be scheduled so as to provide all required deliverables to the IPF and the CMF by October 3,  2023;
  7. all rights and options for the development, production and exploitation of the project must be acquired by the eligible producer exclusively for at least 24 months and the project is, and remains throughout its production, under Canadian ownership and Canadian executive, creative and financial control; and
  8. be developed in either English or in French.

To be eligible for support, Applicants must:

9. be an independent production company that:

  • is for-profit: (i.e. a taxable Canadian corporation, within the meaning of the Canada Income Tax Act);
  • is Canadian-controlled as determined for the purposes of sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act;
  • has its head office based in Canada; and
  • does not meet the definition of In-house or Broadcaster-Affiliated, as set out in s.2.1.1 of the CMF’s Development Program Guidelines.

10. have an attached confirmed Canadian writer. Either the producer or writer must have previous credited experience as a producer or writer on scripted episodic or short form content (including short films).
11. in cases where the producer and writer/creator are the same person, this person must have previous credits as either producer or writer on scripted episodic or short form content
12.  agree to participate at training events with industry experts, which may be organized by the IPF or its industry partners
13. be limited to one (1) application per year

Key Dates

Deadline for Proposals: March 1, 2023.
**Submissions are now closed for 2023**

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Independent Production Fund website. 

Short Form Series Production Fund
Program overview

The intent of the Fund is to assist independent producers/creators to finance the production of original digital drama series created initially for the web. The focus is on the development of high quality, story-driven drama, and the development of new talent.

Successful properties may subsequently be exploited on other platforms such as television, either in their original format or through the exploitation of derivative rights.

Who can apply

Only those series that were selected to participate in the Development Packaging Program: Short Form Scripted Series, and submitted all required deliverables within the same calendar year are eligible to apply to the Production Program.

Key Dates

Deadline for Production Applications: October 5, 2023

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Independent Production Fund website. 

Rogers Group of Funds
Rogers Cable Network Fund
Program overview

Rogers Communications Partnership created the Rogers Cable Network Fund to support
the production of cable network programming in Canada.

The Fund will invest up to 20% of the lesser of the total production budget or final cost of
eligible projects to a maximum of $500,000 per project.

The Fund supports the following programming genres: drama; documentaries; children’s
programming; educational; instructional; performing arts and variety programming. There
will be two funding deadlines in 2023.

Financial assistance will be awarded as follows:
− a cash equity investment of up to 20% of the lesser of the total production budget
or final cost, to a maximum of $500,000 per project. This investment results in
Rogers Cable Network Fund having an undivided copyright ownership interest in
the production and the resultant benefits thereof.
− in a co-venture, the cash equity investment shall not exceed 20% of the financial
obligation of the Canadian producer partner as per the co-venture agreement, to
a maximum of $500,000.
− in an official treaty co-production, the cash investment from the Fund shall not
exceed 20% of the Canadian portion of the budget as per the co-production
agreement, to a maximum of $500,000.
Rogers Cable Network Fund will determine its participation in a project on a case by case
basis.

Who can apply

Projects must meet all the following eligibility requirements:

− must have a broadcast length of at least 30 minutes. For documentary, only feature-length documentaries with a minimum length of 70 minutes will be eligible for this fund. Documentaries that are less than 70 minutes will only qualify for the Rogers Documentary Fund.
− Documentary and factual series will qualify for funding.
− must have a broadcast license agreement for a guaranteed play on an English language Canadian cable channel (i.e. a licensed Canadian specialty, or premium service). The license must be at fair market value and include a guarantee that the project will air in prime time* within two years of completion. If a program (and all related episodes) premieres on a conventional television channel, it must simultaneously air on a licensed Canadian cable channel. The program cannot be exhibited on any streaming platform in Canada until at least 24 hours after its broadcast on a licensed English-language Canadian cable channel.

*Prime time is between 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm. An exception is made to the prime time requirement in the case of children’s programming.*

− projects released theatrically prior to their cable channel play will not qualify.
− documentaries supported by the Fund may secure a theatrical release prior to their
cable channel first play with the prior approval of Rogers Cable Network Fund.
− must achieve Canadian content status with a minimum of 6 out of 10 points in
accordance with the Canadian content rules as administered by CAVCO/CRTC.
− returning series (funded by the Fund in previous seasons or not) must provide
audience numbers for the current season on air as well as a list of international sales
made to date for all episodes.
− the production company must own all rights (including copyright) and options
necessary for the production and its distribution and exploitation in Canada and
abroad.
− the production company must retain an ongoing financial interest in the project.
− must fall into one of the following categories: drama; documentaries; children’s
programming; educational; instructional; performing arts and variety programming.
News, reporting and actualities, or sports programming are not eligible.
− must conform to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics and to all
programming standards endorsed by the CRTC, including those related to sex-role
portrayal and violence.
− all projects must provide for closed captioning and described video in their
budgets. We will require evidence upon completion of production and
delivery that closed captioning and described video have been incorporated
into all programs financed by the Fund.

Eligible Applicants


− must be a Canadian-controlled corporation as defined in the tax credit regulations to
the Income Tax Act, which, further,
− if part of a corporate group of affiliated or associated companies, must operate
and be incorporated separately from the affiliates or associates.
− must be under the effective control of Canadians, and be situated and operate
in Canada.
− must operate principally as a television, film producer or digital media producer.
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− access to the Fund is limited to individuals, corporations, partnerships, trusts and joint
ventures who are Canadian independent producers.
− co-ventures (as certified by the CRTC) are eligible for funding.
A maximum of 25% of the Fund’s annual allocation may be accessed by broadcaster affiliated production companies.

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Rogers Group of Funds website. 

Rogers Documentary Fund
Program overview

Rogers established the Rogers Documentary Fund in 1996 to foster the growth of
documentary film production in this country in both official languages. Its creation helps
sustain Canada’s tradition of quality, independently produced documentary projects and
ensures that these productions are seen by the widest possible audience.

To secure documentary filmmakers the opportunity to make their art, the Fund will provide
financing to original, high-quality, provocative and/or controversial documentaries which
are licensed by a national Canadian broadcaster, cable or pay TV channel, or by an
online platform that is available to Canadian audiences. The Rogers Documentary
Fund will inject up to $3.5 million a year into documentary filmmaking in Canada.

Who can apply
  1. Requirements
    a. Access to the Fund is limited to individuals, corporations, partnerships, trusts and
    joint ventures who are Canadian independent producers.
    b. Official treaty co-productions qualify for funding.
    c. Co-ventures qualify for funding.
    d. Budget: There is no budgetary limit in order to qualify for funding.
    Rogers Documentary Fund Guidelines – 2023 Page 3 of 7
    e. License fee: The platform license fee as well as all service or equity
    arrangements must be applied towards the cost of production.
    f. Delivery: Delivery of the completed program may not occur prior to application
    deadline. Principal Photography can commence prior to application deadline.
    A maximum of 25% of the Fund’s annual allocation may be accessed by broadcaster-affiliated production companies.
  2. Ownership
    The beneficial ownership of the documentary must be retained by a Canadian
    resident.
  3. Platform commitment and license
    Eligible applicants must have a commitment from a platform (streaming, broadcast or specialty cable) that is available to Canadian audiences. The platform must pay a license fee of fair market value in exchange for the rights to that content. Eligible streaming platforms include* but are not limited to: Netflix, CBC.ca, Amazon Prime, CuriosityStream, Sundance Now, Citytv.com, etc. If a broadcast commitment is secured, the commitment must be from a Canadian licensed national broadcaster, cable specialty or pay television service, with a guarantee to broadcast in prime time (i.e. between 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm). TV Ontario and Knowledge Network broadcast commitments qualify for the Fund. List subject to change
  4. Documentary criteria
    a. General criteria: For the purposes of the Rogers Documentary Fund, a documentary will be defined as those films or videos that employ a format which is characterized by most, if not all, of the following elements to create a non-fiction representation of reality that:
    ➢ informs and/or engages in critical analysis of a specific topic or point-of-view
    ➢ provides an in-depth treatment of the subject (may be meditative or reflective)
    ➢ is primarily designed to inform, but may also entertain
    ➢ treats a specific topic over the course of at least 30 minutes and, at maximum,
    feature-length (including commercial time)
    ➢ requires substantial time in preparation, production and post-production
    ➢ has an original narrative and visual construction
    ➢ has enduring appeal, and therefore a durable “shelf-life”
Key Dates

APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR 2023:

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Rogers Group of Funds website. 

Rogers Telefund
Program overview

Rogers Telefund, established in 1980 by Rogers Communications, provides financial
assistance for the production of quality Canadian television programming.

The Telefund, valued at approximately $32 million, is a revolving fund: As monies are
repaid, they become available to fund other projects. Rogers is proud to be associated
with some of Canada’s most talented production companies, helping to support
programming that appeals to audiences both at home and abroad. Many of the shows
that the Telefund has assisted have won numerous awards and continue to sell around
the world. Rogers Telefund encourages projects from all regions in Canada and
traditionally a significant portion of its’ commitments are made to projects produced
outside Toronto and Montreal.

Who can apply

While Rogers Telefund will consider many categories of programming including drama,
children’s programs and documentaries, it is fundamental to the evaluation and selection
process that the projects be outstanding in both quality and Canadian theme. The
Telefund has a strong preference for television projects and requires that a Canadian
broadcaster be in place before a project will be considered for interim financing. Rogers
Telefund has been successfully involved in the past with several award-winning feature
films and will continue to consider feature film projects. As the Telefund’s mandate is to
provide interim financing, all production financing must be contractually committed before
funds are advanced.

As part of the evaluation process, Rogers Telefund reviews the following documentation:

  1. project synopsis
  2. project financing
  3. detailed production budget
  4. projected cash flow
  5. schedule of anticipated repayment to Rogers Telefund
  6. production, post production and delivery schedule
  7. CVs of producer(s), director(s) and writer(s)
Key Dates

**PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NO APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR ROGERS
TELEFUND. PRODUCERS MAY APPLY ANY TIME FOR FINANCING.**

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Rogers Group of Funds website. 

Shaw Rocket Fund
Audiovisual Stream
Program overview

The Audiovisual Stream invests in audiovisual programming content that enriches and educates the audience and tells stories that are of great interest to Canadian children, while offering safe experiences on various platforms.

Who Can Apply

Applications are evaluated on the following:

  • Quality and originality of its creative content;
  • Authentic reflection of equity, diversity and inclusion;
  • Strength of the Audience Development Plan;
  • Audience reach; and
  • Cross-cultural and linguistic representation, including of official language minority communities.

Key Dates

2023 Application Deadlines – To Be Announced

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Rocket Fund website. 

Telefilm Canada
Development Program
Program overview

The Development Program finances Canadian feature films at the development stage. 

The Development Program has four streams:

  • Prequalified Stream 
  • General Stream 
  • Indigenous Stream 
  • Stream for Black and People of Colour 
Who can apply

Canadian feature film production companies who:

  • Have their head office in Canada. 
  • Carry out their activities in Canada.
Key Dates

IT support is only available on business days until 5:00 pm EST

Opening: September 12, 2022 9:00 AM EDT

Closing: October 03, 2022 11:59 PM EDT

Accepting applications for all streams.

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Telefilm Canada website.

Production Program
Program overview

The Production Program finances Canadian feature films at the production or post-production stage.

For documentary projects, please see the Theatrical Documentary Program webpage for more information.

Who can apply

Canadian audiovisual production companies who:

  • Have their head office in Canada. 
  • Carry out their activities in Canada.
Key Dates

IT support is only available on business days until 5:00 pm EST

Projects may be submitted only once per fiscal year.

Producers whose projects can be submitted in more than one opening period must select the one that best meets the needs of their project.

Opening: January 04, 2022 8:00 AM EST

Closing: August 31, 2022 11:59 PM EDT

Audiovisual Treaty Co-productions with a Minority Canadian Co-producer – All Budget Levels

Regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region. Subject to availability of funds. Please contact your Feature Film Executive before applying.

Opening: January 04, 2022 8:00 AM EST

Closing: August 31, 2022 11:59 PM EDT

Post-Production Applications – French-Language Projects – All budget levels

Subject to availability of funds. Please contact your Feature Film Executive before applying.

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Telefilm Canada website.

Talent to Watch Program

The program is currently closed. Opening dates for the 2023-2024 fiscal year will be announced shortly.

Program overview

The Talent to Watch Program supports emerging filmmakers looking to finance the production stage of their first feature film project(s). 

The Talent to Watch Program has three streams: 

  • Industry Partner Stream: For projects that are recommended by a Designated Industry Partner. 
  • Festival Selection Stream: For emerging filmmakers who have directed a short film that was selected at a recognized film festival. 
  • Filmmaker Apply-Direct Stream: All Key Members of the Creative Team must be:
    • Indigenous; 
    • Black; 
    • People of Colour; 
    • Women; 
    • Gender-diverse individuals; 
    • 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals; 
    • Persons with disabilities; and/or 
    • Members of an Official Language Minority Community
Who can apply

Canadian-controlled companies that: 

  • Operate as a film production company. 
  • Are owned and controlled by one or more members of key creative team of the project. 

Key members of the creative teams of all submitted projects must be emerging talent. 

Under the Industry Partner Stream, projects are submitted by Designated Partners.

Key Dates

IT support is only available on business days until 5:00 pm EST

Projects may be submitted only once per fiscal year.

The program is now closed.

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Telefilm Canada website.

Theatrical Documentary Program
Program overview

The Theatrical Documentary Program finances feature-length documentary projects in production and post-production.

Who can apply

Canadian audiovisual production companies that: 

  • Have their head office in Canada.  
  • Carry out their activities in Canada.
Key Dates

IT support is only available on business days until 5:00 pm EST

Opening: July 18, 2022 8:00 AM EDT

Closing: August 31, 2022 11:59 PM EDT

Post-production applications – French Language Projects – All budget levels. Subject to availability of funding.

Region(s): Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western Region. Please contact the National Feature Film Director prior to submitting an application.

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Telefilm Canada website.

Telus Fund
Development Financing
Program Overview

Development funding is available to secure the project team, subject matter experts and financial sources; to undertake research on the subject matter and target audience; to advance the creative materials; to prepare pitch materials and create a trailer or pilot episode;
to develop marketing and impact strategies and prepare implementation plans.

Who Can Apply

The Eligible Applicant:

  • is experienced in the business of producing professional media content and is headquartered in Canada
  • is a for-profit taxable corporation (within the meaning of Canada’s Income Tax Act) Canadian-controlled (Sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act)
  • owns sufficient copyright permissions to create and exploit the content worldwide on all platforms and devices for a minimum of 24 months
  • has obtained support from at least one Expert Organization nationally recognized for its expertise and activities in the health subject area of the project
  • has obtained support from at least one Platform with prior success on comparable projects (optional)

The Eligible Project:

  • demonstrates the potential to stimulate positive outcomes in the well-being area
  • includes audiovisual content intended for viewing from beginning to end (e.g., television series, webseries)
  • includes ample complementary content to help develop the audience and deepen his experience (e.g., short digital videos, learning resources)
  • may include digital content with significant user interaction to progress the storyline (e.g., games, apps, complex website) provided it seamlessly relates to the audiovisual content
  • spends at least 75% of the budget in Canada and achieves minimum Canadian content points, with appropriate exceptions for international ventures
  • does not fall within the program categories of News, Reporting and Actualities, or Sports
Key Dates

Submission Deadline: September 25, 2023

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Telus Fund website. 

Discoverability Financing
Program Overview

Funding is available to help you extend the life of your project, continue driving success, and grow audiences worldwide.

Who Can Apply

The Eligible Applicant:

  • is experienced in the business of producing professional media content and is headquartered in Canada
  • is a for-profit taxable corporation (within the meaning of Canada’s Income Tax Act) Canadian-controlled (Sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act)
  • owns sufficient copyright permissions to create and exploit the content worldwide on all platforms and devices for a minimum of 24 months
  • has obtained support from at least one Expert Organization nationally recognized for its expertise and activities in the health subject area of the project
  • has obtained a deal memo from a Platform with prior success on comparable projects

The Eligible Project:

  • demonstrates the potential to stimulate positive outcomes in the well-being area
  • includes audiovisual content intended for viewing from beginning to end (e.g., television series, webseries)
  • includes ample complementary content to help develop the audience and deepen his experience (e.g., short digital videos, learning resources)
  • may include digital content with significant user interaction to progress the storyline (e.g., games, apps, complex website) provided it seamlessly relates to the audiovisual content
  • spends at least 75% of the budget in Canada and achieves minimum Canadian content points, with appropriate exceptions for international ventures
  • does not fall within the program categories of News, Reporting and Actualities, or Sports
Key Dates

Submission Deadline: September 25, 2023

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Telus Fund website. 

Predevelopment Funding
Program Overview

Funding is available for fully developed, production-ready proposals to create, launch, promote, and drive reach and engagement leading up to and during the first year of the launch.

Who Can Apply

The Eligible Applicant:

  • is experienced in the business of producing professional media content and is headquartered in Canada
  • is a for-profit taxable corporation (within the meaning of Canada’s Income Tax Act) Canadian-controlled (Sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act)
  • owns sufficient copyright permissions to create and exploit the content worldwide on all platforms and devices for a minimum of 24 months
  • has obtained support from at least one Expert Organization nationally recognized for its expertise and activities in the health subject area of the project
  • has obtained support from at least one Platform with prior success on comparable projects

The Eligible Project:

  • demonstrates the potential to stimulate positive outcomes in the well-being area
  • includes audiovisual content intended for viewing from beginning to end (e.g., television series, webseries)
  • includes ample complementary content to help develop the audience and deepen his experience (e.g., short digital videos, learning resources)
  • may include digital content with significant user interaction to progress the storyline (e.g., games, apps, complex website) provided it seamlessly relates to the audiovisual content
  • spends at least 75% of the budget in Canada and achieves minimum Canadian content points, with appropriate exceptions for international ventures
  • does not fall within the program categories of News, Reporting and Actualities, or Sports
Key Dates

Submission Deadline: September 25, 2023

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Telus Fund website

Production Financing
Program Overview

Funding is available for fully developed, production-ready proposals to create, launch, promote, and drive reach and engagement leading up to and during the first year of the launch.

Who Can Apply

The Eligible Applicant:

  • is experienced in the business of producing professional media content and is headquartered in Canada
  • is a for-profit taxable corporation (within the meaning of Canada’s Income Tax Act) Canadian-controlled (Sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act)
  • owns sufficient copyright permissions to create and exploit the content worldwide on all platforms and devices for a minimum of 24 months
  • has obtained support from at least one Expert Organization nationally recognized for its expertise and activities in the health subject area of the project
  • has obtained support from at least one Platform with prior success on comparable projects

The Eligible Project:

  • demonstrates the potential to stimulate positive outcomes in the well-being area
  • includes audiovisual content intended for viewing from beginning to end (e.g., television series, webseries)
  • includes ample complementary content to help develop the audience and deepen his experience (e.g., short digital videos, learning resources)
  • may include digital content with significant user interaction to progress the storyline (e.g., games, apps, complex website) provided it seamlessly relates to the audiovisual content
  • spends at least 75% of the budget in Canada and achieves minimum Canadian content points, with appropriate exceptions for international ventures
  • does not fall within the program categories of News, Reporting and Actualities, or Sports
Key Dates

Submission Deadline: September 25, 2023

For guidelines and more information about the program, visit the Telus Fund website