ARCHIVED - Shadows over the Canadian Television Landscape: The Place of French on the Air and Production in a Minority Context

WarningThe Standard on Web Usability replaces this content. This content is archived because Common Look and Feel 2.0 Standards have been rescinded.

Archived Content

Information identified as archived is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Please contact us to request a format other than those available.




Page 1 of 11

January 2009

Table of Contents


List of acronyms

Section I - Rationale for the Study

1.1 Introduction
1.2 Legal framework and mandate of the Commissioner of Official Languages
1.3 Objectives
1.4 Context of the study

Representation and changes in funding allocations at the CTF
The SARTEC/UDA report

1.5 Methodology

1.6 Structure of the report

Section II - The Operating Framework of the Canadian Television Production Industry

2.1 Institutional players in broadcasting

Canadian Heritage

Telefilm Canada

2.2 Regulatory framework and Canadian policies

Canadian content and priority programming designation
Designation of priority programs
Children’s and youth programming
Co-production agreements

2.3 Funding of the Canadian television industry

Canadian Heritage and the Interdepartmental Partnership with the Official-Language Communities (IPOLC)
Telefilm Canada
The Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF)
Production tax credits
Government support for educational channels and cultural enterprises
Independent production: An additional stakeholder


Section III - Canadian Television Production in a Minority Context: A Multifaceted Reality

3.1 The voice of OLMCs

A young and growing industry
The APFC and production volumes
Notable achievements
Overview of Anglophone production in a minority context

3.2 Canadian television production in a minority context: A multifaceted reality

Viewpoints of stakeholders
Importance of better coordination among stakeholders
“Regional reflections”: an ambiguous concept
Need for a policy framework for production in a minority context
Compliance in licensing
TVA: Qualified commitments
Radio-Canada: Unregulated commitments to reflecting OLMCs
The CBC and minority Anglophone production
Production in a minority context: An equitable place within the CTF


Section IV - French Expression on Canadian Television: Original Production and Dubbing

4.1 Shadows over French-language programming

4.2 Production and co-production of youth and children’s programming in French

Success of Canadian programs for children
Decreased production of original programming in French
Reasons for concern
International co-production issues
Review of the co-production agreement with France

4.3 Broadcasting in French: State of affairs

Few original Canadian series in French
Produced in English, dubbed in French
The CTF and the issue of dubbing
Recycling of English-language broadcasts

4.4 Funding for the production of English-language series: Use of French-language funds from BDUs



List of recommendations

List of works and documents cited