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 2018-2019
Performance Envelope: Credit Shares by Factor 2018-2019
Development Envelope Allocations 2018-2019

On March 29th, 2018, 19 English and 12 French broadcasters received performance envelope allocations from the program budget for use in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. English broadcasters shared $152.4 million in envelope funds, while $76.2 million was shared among French broadcasters.

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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 2018-2019, two English-language broadcasters and one French-language broadcaster were given this minimum envelope amount.

Some key changes have been introduced to the 2018-2019 performance envelope allocations:

  1. Broadcasters will be required to direct at least twenty-five percent (25%) 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.
  2. Beginning 2018-2019, the CMF will begin phasing out the Minimum Allocation Top-Up in the Performance Envelope Program. As such, Minimum Allocation Top-Ups will only be provided – for a maximum of 3 years – to Broadcasters which received a Minimum Allocation Top-Up in 2017-2018.
  3. Beginning in 2018-2019, New Entrants that have not earned a PE allocation for the 2018-2019 fiscal year will not be eligible to participate in the PE system.

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