The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has posted the 2013-2014 Performance Envelope allocations to its website. The envelope system was designed to provide a greater degree of funding predictability to both broadcasters and producers by allocating funds to broadcasters at the beginning of each fiscal year based on past performance in commissioning and airing convergent projects. The allocation of funds, known as envelopes, is applied to the Performance Envelope Program as well as the Development Program.
In December 2012, the CMF announced the factor weights used to calculate the 2013-2014 Performance Envelope allocations. A Performance Envelope is calculated by measuring a broadcaster’s performance against that of other broadcasters in each genre and language, based on five weighted factors: audience success – total hours tuned, audience success – original first run, historic performance, regional production licenses, and digital media investment.
In March 2013, the CMF announced a program budget of $360.7 M for 2013-2014 of which a total of $259.0 M in performance envelope allocations is shared between 21 English broadcasters receiving $173.3 M and 13 French broadcasters receiving $85.7 M. This year, in order to simplify the funding process, performance envelopes were allocated by broadcast ownership group or individual broadcaster (as applicable) rather than by individual channel or station.
On April 5, 2013, broadcasters were also allocated envelopes that they can use to support development projects. These envelopes were calculated by using two factors weighted at 50% each: historic performance in development and the share of total 2013-2014 Performance Envelopes. Development allocations by broadcast ownership group or individual broadcaster (as applicable) can be found on the CMF website.