Development Program

Due to a high demand for the Quebec French Regional Development subprogram, the CMF will no longer be accepting applications for this segment of the Development Program.

The Development Program, which forms part of the CMF’s Convergent Stream, allocates funding to projects at the development stage.

Broadcasters that have not generated a Development Envelope Allocation in a given year are eligible for Alternative Access to the Development 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 Development Fee and a BAF with a Development Envelope commitment to an Eligible Project, until the entire Alternative Access budget is spent. Eligible Broadcasters are limited to $20,000 in total Development Envelope commitments in using the Alternative Access portion of the Development Envelope Program in 2021-2022.

Please note that the CMF also provides development financing through:

See those programs Guidelines for more information.

Dates to remember

Development Envelope (English & French)

First Opening Date
April 15, 2021
First Closing Date
October 28, 2021
Final Closing Date
December 10, 2021

Quebec French Regional Development

First Come, First Served

First Opening Date
April 27, 2021
Final Closing Date
December 2, 2021

Alternative Access to the Development Envelope Program

First Come, First Served

First Opening Date
April 15, 2021
Final Closing Date
December 10, 2021


  1. Read the documents in the Guidelines and References before you apply. This will help you prepare all your documentations required for funding.
  2. Make sure you are aware of the due dates for application.
  1. Download all of the appropriate application documents.
  2. Submissions are done on the Telefilm website. You will need a Dialogue account in order to apply. Once your documents are ready, you can upload them and follow the process.
  1. If your application is approved, you will receive a contract to sign as soon as all of the conditions noted in the letter of acceptance have been fulfilled (where applicable).


If your application has been approved and you have received a Financing Agreement, applicants must visit our Approved Application Documents page to access and download additional materials including Interim Financing, CMF logos and Phase II/Final Cost forms.

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