Telefilm Canada
Company typeCrown Corporation
FoundedMontreal, Quebec, Canada (1967)
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Productsfunding for audiovisual industry in Canada
OwnerGovernment of Canada
WebsiteTelefilm Canada website

Telefilm Canada is a Crown corporation reporting to Canada's federal government through the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Headquartered in Montreal, Telefilm provides services to the Canadian audiovisual industry with four regional offices in Vancouver, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The primary mandate of the corporation is to finance and promote Canadian productions through its various funds and programs.


As one of the Canadian government's principal instruments for supporting Canada's audiovisual industry, Telefilm Canada's primary mandate is to finance and promote through its various funds and programs. Telefilm's role is to foster the commercial, cultural, and industrial success of Canadian productions and to stimulate demand for those productions both at home and abroad.[1] Telefilm also administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund.

The organization is also responsible for choosing Canada's annual submission to the Academy Awards for the Best International Feature Film award.


Telefilm Canada administers the Canadian government's coproductions, enabling Canadian filmmakers and their international counterparts to coproduce films and television programs that enjoy the status of national productions in each of the respective countries.[2]


Headquartered in Montreal, Telefilm provides bilingual services to its clients through four offices located in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.

The Atlantic Regional office, in operation since 1984 from Halifax, services New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

The Quebec Regional office is located in the Montreal head office and serves the province of Quebec.

The Ontario Regional office, in operation since 1968 from Toronto, serves both Ontario and Nunavut.

The Western Regional office, in operation since 1984 from Vancouver, serves the Western provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.[citation needed]



In 1967, the Canadian government founded the Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC), allocating $10 million in support of the country's feature film industry. Michael Spencer (1919-2016)[3] was named the first executive director of the CFDC, which by then included offices in Montreal and Toronto.


By 1976, the Canadian government had increased the CFDC's budget to $25 million annually, at which point it decided to finance the corporation with an annual parliamentary appropriation. Spencer was replaced by Michael McCabe in May 1978. Notable films produced with the agency's support included Goin' Down the Road (1970), The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974), Shivers (1975), Why Shoot the Teacher (1977), In Praise of Older Women (1978).


The early 1980s sees the CFDC's budget increased yet again and the creation of the Canadian Broadcast Program Development Fund to revitalize Canadian television programming. At the time, approximately 85% of all prime time programming on Canadian television is imported from other countries—namely the US. Under the direction of André Lamy, in 1984 the CFDC is renamed “Telefilm Canada” to better reflect the organization's full range of activities in both the film and television industries.

With the creation of the Feature Film Fund aimed at supporting feature films by Canadian filmmakers and the Feature Film Distribution Fund that makes credit lines available to Canadian distributors, Telefilm Canada takes a central role in the development and growth of Canadian cinema around the world.


Now under the executive direction of François Macerola, the Canada Television and Cable Production Fund is created. The Fund is a private-public partnership between the federal government of Canada and the cable and satellite television industry, with Telefilm administering the Equity Investment component of the Fund. By the end of the 1990s, in 1998, Telefilm Canada creates a five-year, $30-million multimedia fund, aptly-named The Multimedia Fund, with which to support Canadian work in the digital age. The Fund helps Canadians in multimedia to compete effectively in the new technologies arena.


With the new millennium, the Canadian government implemented a new Canadian Feature Film Policy, From Script to Screen, that effectively created the Canada Feature Film Fund (CFFF) to be managed by Telefilm Canada.

Beginning April 1, 2001, with an annual budget of $100-million, the CFF's primary objective is to build larger audiences in Canada and abroad for Canadian feature films with improved distribution and marketing. Also that year, Telefilm Canada announces guidelines for the Canada New Media Fund, replacing the Multimedia Fund. Budgets grow from $6 million, to $9 million, and now sit at $14 million annually. The latter half of the decade brings about other changes for Telefilm.

In 2005, the Minister of Canadian Heritage announces a new collaboration between the organization and the Canadian Television Fund and, with it, renewed funding of $100 million for Canadian television programming. While the Board of the Canadian Television is responsible for the governance of all programs, Telefilm heads up the administration and delivery of the CTF programs.[4]


The 2012 Canadian federal budget cut funding for the National Film Board of Canada and Telefilm Canada by 10%. Today, following a new four-year plan, Telefilm has made stimulating demand for Canadian screen-based content one of its top priorities.[5]

In April 2022, Christa Dickenson announced that she would step down as executive director and CEO effective September 9, 2022.[6]

Key people

Executive directors

Chairpersons of the board

Regional agencies



See also


  1. ^ "About Telefilm". Telefilm Canada.
  2. ^ "Coproduction guidelines". Telefilm Canada.
  3. ^ Stoffman, Judy (May 17, 2016). "Obituary: Michael Spencer: The kingmaker of the Canadian film industry". Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "History". Telefilm Canada.
  5. ^ "Corporate Plan". Telefilm Canada.
  6. ^ Hertz, Barry (2022-04-21). "Christa Dickenson to step down as Telefilm Canada's executive director and CEO". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2022-04-21.
  7. ^ "Alberta Media Fund". Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  8. ^ Government of New Brunswick, Canada (May 20, 2015). "NB Film, Television & New Media Industry Support Program – Production Incentive". Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  9. ^ "Ontario Supports Film and Television Industry in the North". 11 September 2020. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  10. ^ "In brief: P.E.I. introduces a new production fund". Playback. 12 May 2021. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Prince Edward Island Film Production Fund". Government of Prince Edward Island official website. 4 May 2021.