CMF funding triggers over $1.5B in industry activity, says 2020-2021 annual report

Toronto, August 31, 2021 — The Canada Media Fund (CMF) released today its bilingual annual report for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The report provides a detailed view on the various programs and initiatives the CMF undertook in the past year to support Canada’s audiovisual industry. This includes results of the CMF funding programs, as well as its equity and inclusion, research, and promotional initiatives. Click here to access the 2020-2021 CMF Annual Report.

In the last fiscal year, CMF funding triggered $1.5B in production activity across the country. Every $1 of CMF funding generated $4.29 in production activity, slightly higher than last year’s $4.12, despite historic challenges as a result of the global pandemic.

Thanks to the $100.4M in Government of Canada COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds administered by the CMF, businesses in the audiovisual industry were able to maintain operations, ensuring a quick return to production.

Informed by consultations with industry members and producers from sovereignty- and equity-seeking communities, the CMF disbursed $9M through two different initiatives supporting racialized creators.

In the last fiscal year, the CMF:

  • Funded 1,309 projects
  • Distributed $100.4 million in emergency funds to over 1,200 companies and organizations
  • Celebrated 219 awards won by CMF funded projects
  • Funded 30 productions that saw over 1 million views each

About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit


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