There are no major changes anticipated for the 2017-18 fiscal year, other than a re-allocation of $2 Million within the Experimental Fund to fund linear web series. However, CMF is looking to shift more funds increasing from the Innovation Program to the Commercial Projects Pilot Program. We will be monitoring that shift and the response to C3P, to identify any possible negative consequences for IO members.
As well, the CMF is looking to make changes to the Convergent Fund over the coming years that will impact how convergent digital media will be funded. They are looking to phase out the Digital Media Factor Weight in the calculation of broadcaster envelopes and replace that incentive with added funding to a revamped Convergent Digital Media Incentive. IO will be talking to CMF staff over the next year to minimize any negative impact on convergent digital media producers.
Interactive Ontario is a member our federal umbrella organization, the Canadian Interactive Alliance / Alliance Interactive Canadienne. CIAIC’s membership is comprised of Canada’s seven existing provincial interactive digital media trade organizations: Alliance Numérique, DigiBC, Digital Alberta, Interactive Ontario, New Media Manitoba, Nova Scotia Game Developers Association and SaskInteractive.
Advocacy matters involving federal departments are submitted via the CIAIC. Learn more about those efforts below.