Envelope Administration

The Envelope Administration section provides broadcasters with information concerning the Performance Envelope Program and the Development Envelope Program. At the beginning of each fiscal year, Canadian broadcasters that participate in CMF’s Envelope programs receive allocations of funds known as Performance Envelopes and Development Envelopes.


Performance Envelope Program and Development Envelope Program funds are allocated to broadcasters at the beginning of each fiscal year based on past performance in commissioning and airing convergent projects.

On April 1, 2021, 17 English and 9 French broadcasters received Performance Envelope (PE) allocations from the program budget for use in the 2021-2022 fiscal year. English broadcasters shared $153.9 million in envelope funds, while $76.0 million was shared among French broadcasters.

Alternative Access option: Broadcasters that have not generated a PE Allocation for 2021-2022 are eligible for Alternative Access to the Performance Envelope Program. Eligible Broadcasters may utilize this Alternative Access via the appropriate English or French Envelope on a first-come, first-served basis, by providing an Eligible Licence Fee and a BAF with a PE commitment to an Eligible Project, until the entire Alternative Access budget is spent. Eligible Broadcasters are limited to three applications using the Alternative Access portion of the PE Program or $150,000 in total PE commitments in 2021-2022, whichever is less.

2021-2022 Performance Envelope Allocations:

  • Due to the 2020-2021 COVID-19 Flexibility Measures to CMF Programs introduced in May 2020, the 2021-2022 Performance Envelope Allocations were calculated based on the average of each Broadcaster’s 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Performance Envelope Allocations without genre allocations.
  • With regards to the management of the 2021-2022 PE Allocations, the CMF has also introduced the 2021-2022 COVID-19 Flexibility Measures to CMF Programs, which continues most of the 2020-2021 Flexibility Measures, except for the Performance Envelope Allocation calculations.

Performance Envelope Factors and Weights to be used to calculate the 2022-2023 allocations to Broadcasters:

2022-2023 Performance Envelope Factors

The new Performance Envelope Factor rewards Broadcasters that licence projects from production companies that are owned/controlled by Indigenous peoples of Canada, Black people and people of colour. For 2021-2022, the CMF will define individuals in these communities as members of a “Diverse Community”.

Details on the Performance Envelope factors can be found in the Performance Envelope Manual.


Audience success

Audience success calculations are based on the total hours tuned that a broadcaster generated for programs previously funded in a given broadcast year. Broadcasters submit their own total hours tuned calculations for review by the CMF and inclusion in audience success calculations.

Relevant documents for 2019-2020 broadcast year submissions:

Relevant documents for 2020-2021 broadcast year submissions (for 2022-2023 Performance Envelope Calculations):

Broadcaster Submissions

The CMF enables participating broadcasters to review all total hours tuned submissions. This is a password-protected section that is solely for the use of broadcasters who have submitted total hours tuned information to be reviewed by the CMF. Login information has been provided to participating broadcasters.

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Historic Performance

2022-2023 Historic Performance List of eligible projects

Historic Performance

This list is a companion to the review of Development Historic Performance eligible licences and shows CMF funding eligible for Historic Performance factor credit.


The Performance Envelope Manual explains the management and administration policies of the Performance Envelope Program for broadcasters. It outlines the methodology by which envelopes are calculated, as well as the policies which govern their management and usage. This manual is published as a companion to the Performance Envelope Program Guidelines, which include information largely geared towards project funding eligibility criteria.

The Development Manual provides broadcasters with a guide to the Development Program’s envelope system, details on the methodology by which the funding envelopes are calculated, as well as the policies which govern their management and usage. This manual is published as a companion to the Development Program Guidelines.

Development Envelope Manual

Submit financial statements

  • Max. file size: 512 MB.
  • By submitting your financial statements, you, the authorized representative of the broadcaster, acknowledge and agree as follows:

    • The financial statements are the most recent statements available and are to your knowledge, complete and accurate;
    • The CMF will review the financial statements to assess the broadcaster’s financial state; and
    • The CMF is authorized to share the financial statements with its program file administrator, Telefilm Canada, but will otherwise treat the financial statements as confidential and will not share them with any other party.