Envelope Administration

Allocations

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 2020-2021
Performance Envelope: Credit Shares by Factor 2020-2021
Development Envelope Allocations 2020-2021

 

On April 2, 2020, 16 English and 10 French broadcasters received Performance Envelope (PE) allocations from the program budget for use in the 2020-2021 fiscal year. English broadcasters shared $153.9 million in envelope funds, while $76.3 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.

Alternative Access option: Broadcasters that have not generated a PE Allocation for 2020-2021 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 2020-2021, whichever is less.

Alternative Access option: Broadcasters that have not generated a Development Envelope Allocation for 2020-2021 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 Licence 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 using the Alternative Access portion of the Development Envelope Program in 2020-2021.

Some key changes have been introduced to the 2020-2021 Performance Envelope allocations:

  • Gender Balance: Broadcasters will be required to direct at least fifty percent (50%) 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.

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

  • In the English-language market, the Historic Performance Factor Weight was reduced to 5% and the Regional Production Licenses Factor Weight was increased to 30%. In the French-language market, the Historic Performance Factor Weight was reduced to 20% and the Regional Production Licences Factor Weight was increased to 15%.
  • The Digital Media Investment Factor was replaced by the OTT First Run Licences Factor. Credit for the OTT First Run is 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).

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