Envelope Administration


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.

Performance Envelope Allocations 2019-2020
Performance Envelope: Credit Shares by Factor 2019-2020
Development Envelope Allocations 2019-2020


On March 29th, 2019, 18 English and 11 French broadcasters received Performance Envelope (PE) allocations from the program budget for use in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. English broadcasters shared $153.9 million in envelope funds, while $76.2 million was shared among French broadcasters.

The allocated Flex Amount (of 50%), shown in the broadcaster allocations above, can be used for supporting productions of any eligible genre. Broadcasters with allocations under $5.0M and educational Broadcasters were granted 100% genre flexibility as well as exemption from the 25% In-house/Broadcaster-affiliated cap in order to enable them to better leverage their envelope allocations.

Some key changes have been introduced to the 2019-2020 performance envelope allocations:

  1. Alternative Access option: Broadcasters that have not generated a PE Allocation in a given year 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 two applications using the Alternative Access portion of the PE Program or $100,000 in total PE commitments in 2019-2020, whichever is less.
  2. Gender Parity: Broadcasters will be required to direct at least thirty-five percent (35%) of their respective Performance Envelope Allocation dollars to Eligible Projects where, of all the cumulative Producer, Director and Writer positions on a given Eligible Project, 40% of the total number of positions are held by women.
  3. Convergent DM obligation: Broadcasters have the option to either: (i) spend at least 60% of their respective Performance Envelope allocations on projects that include a Digital Media Component, or alternatively, (ii)  have a minimum of at least 60% of Eligible Projects supported through their Performance Envelope allocations include a Digital Media Component.  
  4. Broadcaster-affiliated/In-house cap: Broadcasters may commit up to fifteen twenty-five (25%) of their PE Allocations to in-house and/or affiliated programming.
  5. Minimum Performance Envelope allocation: The Minimum Performance Envelope Allocation a Broadcaster must earn to receive a PE Allocation is $100,000. Broadcasters earning an Allocation of less than $100,000 will not receive a PE Allocation.

The 2020-2021 Performance Envelope Factors and Weights were announced:

  1. The Digital Media Investment Factor will be replaced by the OTT First Run Licences Factor. Credit for the OTT First Run will be based on Eligible Licence Fees for Eligible Projects that are made available to Canadian audiences first and exclusively for a period of at least 7 days on any of the non-traditional platforms in the CMF’s Canadian Broadcaster definition (see section 2.1.1 of the Performance Envelope Guidelines). In order for Broadcasters to receive credit via the OTT First Run Licences Factor, they must make this declaration in the BAF.
  2. In the English-language market, the Historic Performance Factor Weight will be reduced to 5% and the Regional Production Licenses Factor Weight will be increased to 30%. In the French-language market, the Historic Performance Factor Weight will be reduced to 20% and the Regional Production Licences Factor Weight will be increased to 15%.

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