U = US is a positive television and webisode program dedicated to highlighting the reality of what today’s youth can do.

Program Funding Summary

Total CMF Program Funding

With the continued support of its funding contributors, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) contributed $354.5M to Canadian television and digital media projects in 2013-2014, a $17.3M decrease, or 5% percent, from the previous fiscal year. The program budget for 2013-2014 had 4.0% less in available funds, plus 1.0% was the result of under-spending in one program. A total of $1.2B of industry activity was triggered,  consistent with 2012-2013.

The Convergent Stream received 90.1% of funding, with 9.9% supporting the Experimental Stream. The Experimental Stream, including the Accelerator Partnership Pilot Program, provided $35.0M for 95 projects from across the country, spurring $60.4M in economic activity within Canada’s digital sector. Industry activity triggered by the Experimental stream rose 9.3% over 2012-2013. The Convergent Stream dedicated $319.5M to Canadian screen-based projects including television programming and related digital media content.

Overall, 83.3% of CMF funding supported television programming, with the balance of 16.7% supporting digital media content. Digital media content funding increased 1.2 share points from 2012-2013, due to increases in convergent commitments.

CMF funding to digital media content totaled $59.3M in 2013-2014 growing 3.2% from 2012-2013. The Experimental stream provided 59.0% and CDMI funding comprised 24.3% of the total. 16.7% came from other convergent programs, increasing from a 12.8% share in 2012-2013.

Breakdown by Program

English 26.0
French 8.5
Accelerator 0.4
Digital Media International Co-production 0.1
Experimental Total 35.0
English 173.1
French 85.7
Performance Envelope Total 258.8
English 7.8
French 2.9
Development Envelope Total 10.7
Convergent Digital Media Incentive 14.4
English Production Incentive 6.9
Francophone Minority 10.2
Anglophone Minority 3.0
Aboriginal 6.7
English POV 3.2
Diverse Languages 1.9
Versioning 1.1
Regional English Pre-development 0.9
Regional French Incentive 1.2
Regional French Development 0.2
Northern Production Incentive 0.2
Digital Media International Co-production 0.1
Convergent Total 319.5
Total 354.5


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Funding Types

These results were achieved through a variety of CMF funding mechanisms which are constantly reviewed to most effectively serve the evolving needs of content producers. Development, production and marketing of screen-based media are supported through a variety of financing tools including license fee top-ups, equity investments, recoupable investments, non-recoupable contributions and loans.  CMF investments and repayable advances and loans made up 33.8% of all CMF funding, an increase of 1.1 share points from last year.

Breakdown by Funding Type

$M Investment Repayable Non-repayable Total
  Equity Recoupable Investment Sub-total Advance Licence Fee Top-up Non-repayable Contribution Sub-total  
Experimental 0.0 22.8 22.8 11.7 0.0 0.5 0.5 35.0
Convergent 72.5 0.0 72.5 12.8 209.1 25.1 234.2 319.5
Total 72.5 22.8 95.3 24.5 209.1 25.6 234.7 354.5
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