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Telefilm Canada shares newest phase of data collection enhancements

14 December 2021

Montréal – December 14, 2021 –As a key component to Telefilm Canada’s ongoing work to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion within the audiovisual industry, Telefilm is sharing the next phase of its data collection enhancements. The new set Self-Identification Questionnaire will aim to capture data relating to all directors, writers, producers, co-producers, and executive producers (excluding courtesy credits) attached to a project submitted to the Production, Development, Theatrical Documentary, and Talent to Watch Programs.

The Self-Identification Questionnaire will be launched on January 4, 2022, when the Production Program begins accepting applications.

“Telefilm’s next phase in data collection will work to bring greater insight into Canada’s audiovisual industry, and help us learn more about our film community, their projects, and their needs,” said Christa Dickenson, Executive Director and CEO, Telefilm Canada. “We will be able to capture a more accurate portrait of our project pipeline, and address communities that need additional support, training, mentorship and more.”

Data is collected on a voluntary basis and covers Indigenous identity, racial and ethnic identity, gender identity and expression, belonging to an 2SLGBTQIA+ community, disability status, and belonging to an Official Language Minority Community.

This data will assist in the evaluation, eligibility, and decision-making processes for project applications, as well as enhancing Telefilm’s programs and industry initiatives.

The Self-Identification Questionnaire was developed in consultation with Telefilm’s external Data Collection Subcommittee, as well as the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group – both comprised of industry representatives from over 20 organizations.

As a federal Crown corporation, Telefilm must comply with the Privacy Act framework for the collection of personal data, and prior approval from the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat was required before launching this new phase of data collection.

To view the Self-Identification Questionnaire, visit

About Telefilm Canada

As a Partner of Choice, Telefilm Canada is a Crown corporation dedicated to the success of Canada’s audiovisual industry, fostering access and excellence by delivering programs that support cultural resonance and audience engagement. With a lens of equity, inclusivity and sustainability, Telefilm bolsters dynamic companies and a range of creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual coproduction treaties to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2012, the Talent Fund raises private donations which principally support emerging talent. Visit and follow us on Twitter at and on Facebook at


Contact Information:

Brian Mullen
Advisor, Public Relations
Telefilm Canada