Telefilm Canada Provides Update on Data Collection

August 17, 2020 – As part of its commitment to an equitable and representative screen-based industry, Telefilm Canada would like to share details on the first steps toward data collection as part of its funding programs.

Beginning today and building on the momentum of the corporate data collection methods implemented during the first phase of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund efforts, Telefilm will also be collecting additional data on the corporate control of applicants and on key creatives (director, writer, and producer).

Ongoing Corporate Data Collection to Continue Across Programs:

Each applicant company will be able to self-identify as being majority-owned and controlled by individuals who self-identify as one or more of the following:

  • Racialized Persons
  • LGBTQ2+
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Indigenous Persons (First Nations, Inuit or Métis)
  • Women
  • Members of an Official Language Minority Community

The option to self-identify is voluntary and will be available through various programs starting August 17.

Data Collection on Key Creatives:

Using the opportunity presented by the requirements of new Development Stream for Racialized Persons in collecting additional information, a new option to self-identify as a Racialized Person and/or a Member of an Official Language Minority Community will now be expanded across various programs. This is in addition to Telefilm’s pre-existing options to identify based on gender, as well as if a member identifies as Indigenous. The production company submits the data relating to the key creatives when applying to Telefilm. The option to identify is voluntary.

This can now be collected in the following programs starting August 17, as application periods open:

It will also be collected in the Production Program for future applications.

Telefilm will incorporate reporting on data collection in financing announcements, as well as in the annual report. These are the first steps towards greater and more detailed data collection as it develops in consultation with the industry, working toward launching enhanced data collection options for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

Please note that the term Racialized Person is the current descriptor for Telefilm usage. This is subject to change as part of our ongoing and inclusive dialogue with the industry.