No application deadlines | The updated program guidelines will be posted on the website soon.

Development financing

Development funding is available to secure the project team, subject matter experts and financial sources; undertake further research on the subject matter and target audience; advance the creative materials; prepare pitch materials, create a trailer or pilot episode, to aid in obtaining support; develop marketing and impact strategies; and prepare detailed implementation plans.

No application deadlines

Request an invitation to apply

The updated program guidelines will be posted on the website soon.

How to apply

  • Review the checklist below and the program guidelines. The updated program guidelines will be posted on the website in August.

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  • If your project meets the Minimum Support Requirements, request an invitation to apply at Attach to your email a brief project synopsis, proposed financial structure, short bios of key personnel and copies of written support obtained to date from Expert Organizations, Third Party Financiers and Distribution Platforms (see Minimum Support Requirements in the Program Guidelines - The updated program guidelines will be posted on the website in August)

  • If you have received an invitation to apply from the Executive Director, submit your application form to

  • Typically we will confirm the eligibility of applications received within 10 business days and render funding decisions within 8 to 10 weeks.

  • Positive funding decisions will have 90 days to meet our due diligence requirements and enter into a long form financing agreement.

Applicant checklist

  • The Applicant is experienced in the business of producing professional media content,

  • headquartered in Canada,

  • a for-profit taxable corporation (within the meaning of Canada’s Income Tax Act),

  • Canadian-controlled (Sections 26 to 28 of the Investment Canada Act), and

  • the owner of sufficient copyright permissions to create and exploit the content.

Content checklist

  • The Content is story-driven and demonstrates the potential to entertain, engage and enlighten the health choices of Canadians,

  • includes a significant contribution from the Canadian independent production sector,

  • intends to achieve a minimum Canadian content points, with appropriate exceptions for international ventures,

  • includes support from an Expert Organization(s) committed to ensuring the highest standard in the treatment of the health issue

  • has obtained a commitment to transmit the Content to Canadians from Distribution Platform(s),

  • has obtained cash financing of at least 5% of the budget from Third Party Financer(s),

  • meets the definition of eligible program categories, except News, Reporting and Actualities, or Sports, and

  • does not include plans to create or enhance a platform for transmitting programming.