The Canada Media Fund (CMF) supports the development and pre-development of Canadian content mainly through its Development Program. This program is part of the CMF’s Convergent Stream; thus, projects funded through this program must include content to be developed for distribution on at least two platforms, one of which must be television and the other, digital media. Development funds have been earmarked in other Convergent Stream programs as well.
For English-language projects, funding from this program is allocated through broadcaster envelopes, while for French-language, funding is allocated according to a selective process, using an evaluation grid.
In 2011-2012, the CMF contributed $10.8 M to 277 convergent development projects. Total French and English development funding to TV was higher than the five-year average in each genre, with the exception of documentary. English-language projects received $7.1 M, over 74% of which was spent on drama projects. French-language projects received $3.4 M, of which more than 45% was spent on drama projects and 41% on documentary projects.
|$K Funding||$K Funding||$K Funding|
|TV||DM||Total||#||$K Budgets||TV||DM||Total||#||$K Budgets||TV|
|Children's & Youth||927||16||943||31||1,960||1,024||42||1,067||33||702||678|
|Variety & Performing Arts||201||2||203||3||434||145||5||150||3||154||117|
|English Development Envelopes||6,862||169||7,031||183||14,357||7,119||136||7,255||174||7,274||6,149|
|Children's & Youth||245||58||303||10||514||381||28||409||14||2,357||237|
|Variety & Performing Arts||0||0||0||0||0||65||9||74||2||250||48|
French Development Funding includes the French Selective, the Francophone Minority, and the French Regional Program
Digital media components received 3% of total funding, a significant decrease from the 6% committed in 2010-2011. In a change from 2010-2011, French-language digital media components received a more equal amount of funding compared to English-language digital media components. The highest amount of funding to any genre and language category went to English-language television drama. French-language documentary received the most digital media funding.