No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



This program is for Canadian commercial exhibitors and is intended to support the programming of Canadian films in theatres across Canada and to foster public access to these works. 

Comments on Funding:

Subject to the availability of funds, Telefilm’s funding will take the form of a non-repayable contribution of up to $ 30,000 per theatre, up to a total financial participation of $ 500,000 per Corporate Group.

Please note that Telefilm’s funding for fiscal 2021-2022 includes funds from the Recovery Fund.

When It Ends:

Closed for 2021


2022 deadlines to be determined


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • be a company acting as a commercial theatre operator;
  • be a Canadian-controlled corporation, as determined under sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act;
  • have their head office in Canada and carry out their activities in Canada;
  • have a ticket and box-office reporting system that complies with audiovisual industry standards;
  • be in need of funding for business continuity and to safeguard jobs.

In addition, applicants must undertake to exhibit in each of their theatres one or more Canadian feature films in Canada during the calendar year following the execution of a financing agreement with Telefilm, namely fictional or documentary films of 75 minutes or more that have: 

  • received a minimum of 6 out of 10 points from the Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO); OR
  • received a preliminary or final recommendation by Telefilm as an audiovisual coproduction governed by a Canadian treaty.

Applications Steps:


Applicants must submit the appropriate application form, duly completed and signed, together with all required documentation, via Dialogue. All subsequent documentation must be submitted on-line through Dialogue. 


 Applicants will be required to submit to Telefilm a report detailing the Canadian feature films exhibited during the year in each of their theatres benefiting from financing under this Program and the use of the funds.


Only one funding request may be submitted per year to Telefilm for all the theatres operated by the same Corporate Group. 

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    Incorporation Documents for applicant company and parent company(ies), if applicable and all theatres subject to the funding application;
  2. 2
    Corporate Information Declaration;
  3. 3

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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