Canada Media Fund renews Slate Development Pilot Program with increased eligibility and funding

Toronto, December 8, 2022 - The Canada Media Fund (CMF) is announcing the renewal of our Slate Development Pilot Program for a second year. With a budget of just over $4M, the Slate Development Pilot Program offers a more flexible approach to producers in the development of audiovisual projects by providing $75,000 in CMF funding for a slate of up to three projects, without the requirement of an attached Canadian broadcaster.

A revised selection method to widen the program's reach

Similar to last year’s version of the program, some eligible applicants will be directly notified by the CMF if in the past 5 years they have the applicable level of CMF-reported gross sales for either Children & Youth or Documentary projects and meet a designated threshold of CMF-funded Children & Youth or Documentary projects.

To recognize historic barriers to access and to better support equity- and sovereignty- seeking applicants, this year’s iteration of the program has an additional access point with more flexible eligibility criteria for companies that are owned and controlled by individuals that identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis or are members of racialized communities.  These companies will be invited to participate in a selective process if in the past 5 years they have any CMF-reported gross sales in any genre and meet a designated threshold of CMF funded projects in any CMF genre.

Read the full program guidelines

Eligibility notes

  • Applicants that received funding from the Slate Development Pilot Program in 2021-22 are not eligible this year.
  • As eligibility for the Slate Development Pilot Program is based on reported gross sales, all CMF applicants are reminded to fulfill their respective reporting obligations to be considered for future programs and eligibility. For gross sales to be considered for next year’s Slate Development Pilot Program, the deadline for reporting is February 1, 2023. 

How to apply

Eligible applicants will be notified directly and will be instructed on how to apply, contract with the CMF, and access the awarded funding.

About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances, and promotes the production of Canadian content for all audiovisual platforms. In addition, it guides Canadian content towards a competitive global digital environment by supporting industry innovation, rewarding success, promoting diversity of voices, and encouraging access to content through public- and private-sector partnerships. The CMF receives funding from the Government of Canada and from cable, satellite, and IP service distributors across the country. Visit the CMF's website for more information.

Industry contact:

Mireille Darveau
Director, French content
[email protected]

Media contact:

Maxime Ruel
Senior Manager, Communications
[email protected]