There can be no doubt that Quebec English-language Production Council (QEPC) lobbying has resulted in a total increase of hundreds of millions of dollars in new Quebec production. For example:
- Following a decade of continuous decline, English-Quebec production has now stabilized. We see this in the most recent tax credit data from CAVCO. English-Quebec production is volatile, but remains above the $165 million nadir we hit in 2011-12.
- QEPC successfully lobbied Quebec in 2009 to increase its tax credits. This has resulted in a total increase for English-Quebec production funding of at least $40 million, and over $120 million for French-Quebec funding.
- After losing a complaint filed by QEPC with the Commissioner of Official Languages, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) set up the Anglophone Minority Incentive (AMI) fund. Implementing QEPC’s annual recommendations, CMF has increased the budget of the AMI from $3 million in 2013-14 to $4.5 million now. The AMI was over-subscribed in 15 days this year.
- CMF-supported TV drama has grown from zero in 2011-12 under the old regional rules to 38 hours this year under QEPC-recommended AMI rules. Total AMI production has doubled to $66 million/year.
- Following QEPC interventions with the CRTC, Rogers must now spend a minimum of 3% of its national independent production budget in Quebec.
- By condition of license, CBC must now spend no less than 6% of its national English independent production budget (roughly $6 million/year), and 10% of its development budget, in Quebec.
- Bell must spend at least 10% of its English PNI tangible benefits from the Astral sale in Quebec.
- As a result of action by QEPC and ELAN (the English-language Arts Network of Quebec), Videotron’s “MaTV” French community TV channel now spends 20% of its budget and allocates 20% of its schedule to English programming.
- QEPC negotiated the first Collaboration Agreement between the English-Quebec production industry and a federal agency. In this agreement, ending years of NFB production decline, the National Film Board has agreed it will spend at least 25% of its English-language production budget in Quebec.
- Although Telefilm no longer formally consults with the production industry, it does consult with the official language minorities. As a result of QEPC lobbying, Telefilm has agreed to establish a formal English-Quebec consultation committee. We have begun negotiations concerning its English-Quebec production policies.
- Since QEPC began its work in 2008, we estimate that our lobbying has resulted in $300 million in new funding for both English and French Quebec productions at a total cost to our members of $300,000.
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