Independent Production Fund – Cogeco TV Production Program


The objective of the Cogeco TV Production Program is to provide Canadian independent producers with financing for the production of dramatic television series and mini-series.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is in the form of equity investments to be recouped according to the terms of the Production Financing Agreement. The recoupment may be negotiated on a case-by-case basis to ensure favourable recoupment potential for the fund.


The applicant must:

  • be a Canadian independent producer defined as a producer who operates a production company in Canada that is majority owned and controlled by Canadians,
  • have at least two years production experience and have already produced at least one broadcast dramatic Canadian television project as an independent producer.

Eligible projects must:

  • be drama series or mini-series with a running time of 60 minutes (or less for children’s series),
  • be intended for prime-time broadcast (with the exception of children’s programming),
  • have obtained from a Canadian broadcaster(s) with a CRTC broadcasting licence, dealing in good faith and at arm’s length, a licence agreement, or firm letter of commitment to licence the production at an appropriate licence fee consistent with industry standards, and a commitment to broadcast in prime time, within two years following completion of the production,
  • qualify under the CRTC regulations as Canadian programming with a minimum of six out of ten points for Canadian content certification,
  • be written by a Canadian writer,
  • have a Canadian participation of not less than 50%, in the case of official co-productions,
  • have copyright in the completed production beneficially owned by a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant or by a corporation incorporated under the laws of Canada or a province of Canada,
  • not have started principal photography at the time of application,
  • submit all final documentation and audits within 3 years from the date of the Financing Agreement with IPF, or the financing commitment may be cancelled,
  • be closed captioned and contain described video,
  • conform to the industry guidelines on sex-role portrayal and violence endorsed by the CRTC.

Applications Steps:

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit the following documents/materials:

  1. a completed electronic application form,
  2. a budget,
  3. broadcast license(s),
  4. a proposed recoupment schedule,
  5. a marketing plan,
  6. the credits of applicant company,
  7. a key personnel list + CVs,
  8. a cast and crew list,
  9. a proof of ownership,
  10. bible or treatment (if available),
  11. scripts (at least 2),
  12. a detailed production and delivery schedule,
  13. director’s notes (if available),
  14. outside reader notes (if available),
  15. international sales numbers/report (if applicable),
  16. proof of financing already committed (if applicable),
  17. distribution agreements (if available),
  18. further letters of support (if applicable),
  19. a coproduction agreement (if applicable),
  20. additional documents (if applicable),
  21. audience numbers for previous seasons (if applicable).

Other Things to Note:

Notification of decisions will be communicated to the applicants generally six to eight weeks after the application deadline. Successful applicants must finalize financing of their projects within 90 days and meet any other conditions of funding, or the commitment may be cancelled.

This is a new program for the Ontario database, but was present and moved from the Atlantic Canada database.


Program Contact:

Cogeco TV Production Program – Independent Production Fund


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