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 2017-2018
Performance Envelope: Credit Shares by Factor 2017-2018
Development Envelope Allocations 2017-2018
Broadcaster Corporate Groups 2017-2018
On March 31st, 2017, 22 English and 14 French broadcasters received performance envelope allocations from the program budget for use in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. English broadcasters shared $153.1 million in envelope funds, while $76.6 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. Small (as defined in the Performance Envelope Manual) and educational Broadcasters were granted 100% genre flexibility as well as exemption from the 15% In-house/Broadcaster-affiliated cap in order to enable them to better leverage their envelope allocations.
If a qualifying independent broadcaster or corporate group of broadcasters had an envelope of under $50,000 in both languages combined, they were granted a minimum envelope equal to that amount to ensure that they could meaningfully contribute to projects in the coming fiscal year. In 2017-2018, three English-language broadcasters and five French-language broadcasters were given this minimum envelope amount.
Some key changes have been introduced to the 2017-2018 performance envelope allocations:
- Broadcasters will be required to direct at least fifteen percent (15%) of their respective Performance Envelope Allocation dollars to Eligible Projects where, of all the cumulative Producer, Director and Writer positions on a given TV Component, at least 40% of the total number of positions are held by women.
- The CMF will now require that Broadcasters pay at least 20% of a Television Component’s Eligible License Fee before the commencement of principal photography and no more than 15% of the Television Component’s Eligible License Fee after final delivery of the Television Component. This policy is located in the new Broadcaster Business Policies chapter in Appendix B of the Guidelines.
- The definition of a broadcaster has been clarified. A Broadcaster meets the definition in section 3.2.TV.5 of the Performance Envelope Guidelines and is not designated by the CRTC as “Exempt”. Exempt broadcasters which had a 2016-2017 Performance Envelope allocation will receive a 2017-2018 Performance Envelope allocation but will not be eligible thereafter.