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Theatrical Exhibition Program


Activity type
Theatrical exhibition of Canadian feature film
Canadian commercial exhibitors

Program overview

The Theatrical Exhibition Program supports exhibitors and theatres across the Canada that are programming Canadian films.

Recovery Fund 

The Recovery Fund for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sectors (the “Recovery Fund”) announced by the Government of Canada on June 28, 2021, will be administered by existing Canadian Heritage programs as well as programs delivered by the Canada Council for the Arts and Telefilm Canada. 

Canada Arts and Culture Recovery Program  

The Canada Arts and Culture Recovery Program (CACRP) aims to help Canadian arts, cultural and heritage organizations who have experienced revenue losses due to venue capacity limitations and audience concerns about returning to performances as a result of COVID-19. 

Telefilm will allocate a portion of the recovery and CACRP funds through this Program to support exhibitors across the country to recover and resume pre-pandemic level of activities.  

Who can apply

Canadian companies acting as commercial exhibitors that: 

  • Have their head office in Canada.  
  • Carry out their activities in Canada. 
  • Have a ticket and box-office reporting system that complies with audiovisual industry standards. 

If you are a film distributor, please visit the Theatrical Distribution Compensation Program webpage.

Information about the program


Please review the documents for full program details and eligibility criteria.

Key Dates

IT support is only available on business days until 5:00 pm EST

Key dates

The program is currently closed.

Latest Updates

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November 1, 2022

New documents
  • List of Required Documents
  • List of Canadian Films

September 12, 2022

Changes to the Program
  • This year’s funding includes recovery funds (for the second year) and CACRP funds.

September 23, 2021

Changes to the Program
  • Telefilm will allocate a portion of the recovery funds through this Program to support exhibitors across the country to recover and resume pre-pandemic level of activities
  • The maximum funding for theatres has increased to $30,000 per theatre and $500,000 per corporate group in 2021-2022
  • The method of calculation based on the numbers of screenings and admissions to Canadian feature films shown in previous years has been suspended, as such funding for this program will be automatically allocated in accordance with the criteria of the program
  • Eligible institutions must commit to screening at least one Canadian film in the following calendar year
  • Telefilm’s financial participation is intended to cover promotional costs related to theatrical releases of Canadian films in the coming year as well as increased expenses for health and safety protocols, and costs related to transforming the business model to meet today’s digital needs – all with the aim to encourage Canadian audiences to return to theatres

Apply for funding

Please read our How to apply page for more information on the application process.

Applications must be submitted through Dialogue.

Application documents