|Established||April 1, 2010|
|Mission||Foster, promote, develop and finance the production of Canadian content and relevant applications.|
The Canada Media Fund (CMF, French: Fonds des médias du Canada - FMC) is a public-private partnership founded on April 1, 2010 by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian cable industry. It is used to fund the creation of original Canadian content and support the Canadian media industry. The fund is composed of contributions made by Canadian broadcasting distribution undertakings (BDUs)—as mandated by the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC)—and the federal government. It funds roughly $350 million annually.
The creation of the Canada Media Fund was announced by Minister of Heritage, James Moore in a speech given on March 9, 2009. It was created as a merger between the Canadian Television Fund (CTF) and the Canada New Media Fund. The fund's origins are rooted to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's formation of the Cable Production Fund in 1995. From this initiation, the fund was transitioned into the Canada Television and Cable Production Fund (1996), the Canadian Television Fund (1998), the Canada New Media Fund (2001), and the Digital Media Pilot Program (2008), where the following year the Canada Media Fund was born. The fund was created as a way to "[modernize] government investments to support Canadian content in the new era of consumer choice, emerging technology, and investing in Canada's future."
As required by the CRTC, Canadian BDUs are required to contribute 5% of their revenues to the Canada Media Fund. While policy, research and communications rest with the CMF, the day-to-day administration of applications rests with a separate entity, that of the CMF Program Administrator, which is part of Telefilm Canada.
Programs produced in association with CMF/FMC include:
- Animism: The Gods' Lake (2013)
- Baroness von Sketch Show (2011–2018)
- Kim's Convenience (2013–2018)
- Letterkenny (2012)
- Murdoch Mysteries (2010–2018)
- Orphan Black (2011)
- Schitt's Creek (2014–2020)
- Slasher (season 2, 2011)
- Still Standing (season 3, 2011)
- Stories of Our Elders (2014 web series televised in 2018)
- Total Drama (formerly financed by the CTF) (2012–2014)
- Vikings (2013–2018)
- Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001–2015)
Video games produced in association with CMF/FMC include:
- My Singing Monsters
- Dead by Daylight
- The Long Dark
- The Low Road
- We Happy Few
- The Messenger
In 2017, the Canada Media Fund launched a YouTube channel called Encore+ in collaboration with Google Canada, Bell Media, BroadbandTV, and Deluxe Toronto, and Telefilm Canada.
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The Canada Media Fund collaborated with producers, distributors and unions for the project, as well as Google Canada, Bell Media, BroadbandTV (BBTV), Deluxe Toronto and Telefilm Canada.
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