So what makes it Canadian?
If it's made in Canada by Canadians, why wouldn't it qualify as CanCon for the content rules?
What is Canadian certification?
Canadian Program Certification helps independent Canadian producers and broadcasters obtain recognition for productions that use mainly Canadian crews and talent. This certification allows broadcasters to meet their Canadian content regulatory obligations, including their on-screen quotas.
The CRTC certifies a Canadian television program or series that meets the following criteria:
the producer must be Canadian and is responsible for monitoring and making decisions pertaining to the program;
the production earns a minimum of 6 out of 10 points based on the key creative functions that are performed by Canadians;
at least one of either the director or screenwriter positions and at least one of the two lead performers must be Canadian;
a minimum of 75% of program expenses and 75% of post-production expenses are paid for services provided by Canadians or Canadian companies.
What is the points system?
Very often, a book has only one author. Audio-visual productions, on the other hand, require a team of creative personnel to bring them to our screens to inform, enlighten or entertain us. Points are awarded for productions based on the key creative functions being performed by Canadians.
Key creative positions for live action productions*:
Director (2 pts.)
Screenwriter (2 pts.)
First and Second Lead Performers (performer or voice) (1 pt. each)
Production Designer (1 pt.)
Director of Photography (1 pt.)
Music Composer (1 pt.)
Picture Editor (1 pt.)
*note that other rules apply to animation productions
Co-ventures: These are non-treaty co-productions where Canadian and non-Canadian producers split 50/50 financing, control and profits. These productions must meet the minimum 6 point certification standard. In recent years, this flexibility has enabled large-scale productions such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “Reign.”
Treaty co-productions: They are joint film and television productions that obtain certification by meeting the requirements of various treaties and memoranda of understanding signed between the Government of Canada and several other countries. The various treaties provide significant flexibility to pool resources and creative programming that enjoys recognition as Canadian. Telefilm Canada administers this and works with CAVCO to certify these productions. Recent examples include “Vikings” (with Ireland), “Houdini and Doyle” (with Great Britain) and “Juste la fin du monde” (with France).