Part B: Portfolio Overview of the Department of Canadian Heritage

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Overview of the Portfolio

Introduction

The Canadian Heritage Portfolio is one of the largest, most varied portfolios in the Government of Canada. This portfolio, comprised of the Department of Canadian Heritage and 16 organizations, includes 3 agencies, 11 Crown corporations, and 2 administrative tribunals. These organizations are active in the fields of arts, culture, heritage preservation and conservation, as well as human rights.

What we do

The Portfolio Affairs Office has been established to help the Department carry out its Portfolio management responsibilities. It acts as a ‘single window’ between you, the Department and the organizations, to enhance communication and collaboration. We provide strategic advice and analysis on Portfolio issues and ultimately support ministerial oversight.

The Portfolio organizations play a key role in helping the Government achieve its public policy goals and priorities. Since they involve a variety of governance structures (Crown corporations, agencies, and administrative tribunals), and are led by Boards of Directors and Heads of Organizations appointed by the Governor in Council, they maintain different relationships with the Government and enjoy varied degrees of autonomy.

Crown corporations are accountable to Canadians. The Government has a range of instruments to influence the conduct of Crown corporations, in terms of legislative requirements, approval of planning documents and budgets, as well as the appointment of individuals to key positions, such as the members of the Boards of Directors and Heads of Organizations.

Agencies operate largely within the same fiscal and human resources framework as federal departments, but have more autonomy in their decision-making, either because of the specialized skills involved in their work, or because they perform regulatory functions that must be seen to be free of political influence.

You are responsible for recommending appointments to the Governor in Council for 163 positions, 124 of which are part time and 39 of which are full time. These positions include Deputy Heads and Heads of Organizations, Chairpersons and Board members of Portfolio organizations, which report to you or to Parliament through you. The Department, through the Portfolio Affairs Office, will help you and your office manage all Governor in Council positions within your Portfolio.

Organizational overview

Description

In the audio-visual field, the National Film Board of Canada is world-renowned for its creation of documentaries, animation and culturally diverse and socially relevant productions, whereas Telefilm Canada fosters and supports the broader audiovisual industry in Canada through financial support and the promotion and export of Canadian film productions.

As Canada’s national broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada delivers culturally diverse Canadian programming that reaches over 85 percent of Canadians every month. CBC/Radio-Canada is also in the process of completing its new office, Maison de Radio-Canada, in Montréal, a creative space that will act as a catalyst for developing the country’s top productions and talent. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission regulates all aspects of Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications.

Creating and supporting cultural content also resonate with the Canada Council for the Arts, which provides artists and professional arts organizations in Canada with a broad range of grants and services. As a key funder of the arts in Canada, the Council fosters and promotes the enjoyment of, as well as production of works in, the arts. The National Arts Centre is the only bilingual multi-disciplinary performing arts centre in North America, and recently completed a significant renewal of its architecture and production infrastructure. The National Arts Centre collaborates with artists and arts organizations across Canada to help create a national stage for the performing arts, and acts as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the country.

Six national museums contribute to the preservation and promotion of Canada’s heritage, while educating Canadians and inspiring innovation and creativity. The National Capital Region is home to four of Canada’s national namely the National Museum of Science and Technology (Ingenium), the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian Museum of Nature. The remaining two national museums, are located in Halifax and Winnipeg, namely the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Each year, millions of Canadians and foreign tourists have the opportunity to learn about Canada's heritage through visits, on-site and off-site educational and public programs, travelling exhibits, websites and digital applications. Museums, archives, galleries, and academia from across the country benefit from the leadership, expertise, services, collections, exhibits and programs of these heritage institutions.

The National Battlefields Commission preserves and develops the historic and prestigious urban parks of the National Battlefields Park in Québec City, while Library and Archives of Canada preserves and acquires Canada’s documentary heritage. Determining whether cultural property is of outstanding significance and national importance is the responsibility of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board.

Lastly, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation contributes to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society.

Agencies

Library and Archives Canada

Expected expenditures for the 2019-2020 financial year - Library and Archives Canada
Type of Expenditures Amount 2019-2020 Full-Time Equivalents (Planned)
Operating $100.1M
Capital $47.3M
Statutory* $11.9M
2019-2020 Main Estimates $159.3M 1,001

*Mostly for contributions to employee benefit plans

Description

Library and Archives Canada was established on May 21, 2004, to join the responsibilities, collections, services and expertise of the former National Archives of Canada and the former National Library of Canada.

It is mandated to:

Library and Archives Canada’s holdings consist of published and unpublished information resources in a variety of formats and media. Library and Archives Canada also acquires federal records of historical and archival value from almost 200 federal institutions that are subject to the Library and Archives of Canada Act.

It plays a lead role in developing standards, tools and best practices for information management and recordkeeping. It also works with federal institutions and evaluates information resources, issues records disposition authorities, and develops tools, guides and guidelines.

Library and Archives Canada also achieves its mandate through work with archives, libraries and museums across the country that also hold their own parts of Canada’s national collection of cultural materials.

The headquarters are located in Gatineau. Direct services to the public, including reference services and public programming, are located in Ottawa.

Library and Archives Canada’s extensive collections are housed at its Gatineau Preservation Centre, the 395 Wellington Building and the Nitrate Preservation Facility in Ottawa and a Collection Storage Facility in Gatineau.

Governance

The Librarian and Archivist of Canada is appointed by the Governor in Council to hold office during pleasure and has the rank of a deputy head of a department.

Librarian and Archivist of Canada: Leslie Weir was appointed on August 30, 2019, for a four-year term ending on August 29, 2023.

National Battlefields Commission

Expected expenditures for the 2019-2020 financial year - National Battlefields Commission
Type of Expenditures Amount 2019-2020 Full-Time Equivalents (Planned)
Operating $7.0M
Statutory* $2.3M
2019-2020 Main Estimates $9.3M 59

*Mostly for contributions to employee benefit plans

Description

The National Battlefields Commission was established in 1908 through the National Battlefields at Quebec Act. It is the caretaker of Battlefields Park (the Park) in Quebec City and preserves its legacy for public benefit.

The Park consists of the Plains of Abraham (commemorating the 1759 Battle of Quebec) and Des Braves Park (commemorating the 1760 Battle of Sainte-Foy).

It is one of the largest and most prestigious urban parks in the world and a major tourist attraction, receiving around four million visitors each year.

The National Battlefields Commission focuses on activities that support the historic, cultural, recreational, natural and scientific aspects of the Park.

The Commission manages 23 buildings, including the Plains of Abraham Museum, administrative offices, service buildings and public facilities; 4 monuments and 3 terraces; and a road network totalling 12.5 kilometres.

Governance

The Chairperson and six Commissioners are appointed by the Governor in Council. One member is appointed by the Government of Quebec and one member is appointed by the Government of Ontario. There have been no members for Ontario since 1963, when the Government of Ontario decided that it would no longer appoint members. The Secretary is appointed by the Governor in Council.

Chairperson: Jean Robert was appointed on June 6, 2018, for a five-year term ending on June 5, 2023.

Secretary: Michèle Gagné was appointed on December 28, 2016, for a three-year term ending on December 27, 2019.

National Film Board of Canada

Expected expenditures for the 2019-2020 financial year - National Film Board of Canada
Type of Expenditures Amount 2019-2020 Full-Time Equivalents (Planned)
Operating $68.4M
2019-2020 Main Estimates $68.4M 388

Description

The National Film Board of Canada was established in 1939 through the National Film Act.

Its mandate is to provide new perspectives on Canada and the world from Canadian points of view.

The National Film Board of Canada is world-renowned for distinctive documentaries, author animation, alternative drama and culturally-diverse, socially-relevant productions that foster exchange and encourage debate on issues that matter to the country.

The public face of the National Film Board of Canada’s digital transformation is its online screening room, NFB.ca, which offers free viewing of close to 3,000 NFB productions. Since 2009, National Film Board of Canada’s content has been viewed more than 54 million times across all platforms. Content in the educational and institutional sectors has been viewed more than 11 million times.

The headquarters are located in Montréal. Production centres are located in Edmonton, Halifax, Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Moncton, Regina and St. John’s.

Governance

The Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson is appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Board, and six other members are appointed by the Governor in Council, along with the Executive Director of Telefilm Canada (ex officio).

Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson: Claude Joli-Cœur was first appointed on November 27, 2014, for a term of five years and was reappointed for a three-year term ending November 26, 2022.

Crown corporations

Canada Council for the Arts

Expected expenditures for the 2019-2020 financial year - Canada Council for the Arts
Type of Expenditures Amount 2019-2020 Employees (Planned)
Operating $327.6M
2019-2020 Main Estimates $327.6M 266

Description

The Canada Council for the Arts was created in 1957 with the adoption of the Canada Council for the Arts Act. It is mandated to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.

The Canada Council for the Arts invests in Canada’s cultural industries through a broad range of grants, services and payments to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations. The Canada Council for the Arts also awards prizes and fellowships to artists and scholars for their contributions to the arts, humanities and sciences in Canada.

Canada Council’s 2016 budget doubled to approximately $360 million by 2020–21, it launched a simplified funding program model. This model supports artists, including Indigenous artists, with the creation and dissemination of innovative and diverse arts. It also encourages the dissemination of art across the country and the presentation and circulation of Canadian art and artists abroad.

Grants are allocated primarily through peer evaluation committees, composed of artists, administrators and other arts professionals from all parts of Canada.

The Canada Council for the Arts also manages the Canada Council Art Bank, a national collection of over 17,000 paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures by over 3,000 artists.

The Canada Council for the Arts is responsible for the Public Lending Right Commission, which manages a program of remuneration to authors whose books are used in Canadian libraries.

The Canada Council for the Arts administers the Canadian Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which promotes Canada’s priorities within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the work of this organization in Canada.

Its facilities are located in Ottawa.

Governance

The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and nine other members are appointed by the Governor in Council. The Director is also appointed by the Governor in Council.

Chairperson: Pierre Lassonde was appointed on July 28, 2015, for a five-year term ending on July 27, 2020.

Director: Simon Brault was first appointed on June 26, 2014, for a five-year term and was reappointed for a second four-year term ending on June 25, 2023.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio-Canada

Expected expenditures for the 2019-2020 financial year - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio-Canada
Type of Expenditures Amount 2019-2020 Employees (Planned)
Operating $1,098.1M
Capital $108.7M
Working Capital $4.0M
2019-2020 Main Estimates $1,210.8M 7,624

Description

CBC/Radio-Canada was established in 1936 through the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Act to create a national radio service and to regulate the broadcasting system. The Act was significantly amended in 1968 to clarify the national broadcasting policy, including explicit objectives for CBC/Radio-Canada. The current mandate is defined in Section 3 of the Broadcasting Act (1991).

As the national public broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada provides radio and television services incorporating a wide range of programming that informs, enlightens and entertains. CBC/Radio-Canada’s programming is to be predominantly and distinctively Canadian, reflect Canada and its regions to national and regional audiences, and actively contribute to the flow and exchange of cultural expression.

CBC/Radio-Canada delivers close to 30 distinctive Canadian programming services on various media platforms: radio, television, Internet and others. It provides:

CBC/Radio-Canada has seven permanent foreign bureaus.

The head office is located in Ottawa, with main network operations in Toronto and Montréal. CBC/Radio-Canada’s local programming originates from 27 television stations, 88 radio stations and one digital station across the country in major cities such as Halifax, Québec, Calgary, and Vancouver.

Governance

The Chairperson, the President, and ten other directors are appointed by the Governor in Council.

Chairperson: Michael Goldbloom was appointed on March 29, 2018, for a five-year term ending on March 28, 2023.

President: Catherine Tait was appointed on July 3, 2018, for a five-year term ending on July 2, 2023.

Canadian Museum of History

Expected expenditures for the 2019-2020 financial year - Canadian Museum of History
Type of Expenditures Amount 2019-2020 Employees (Planned)
Operating and Capital $75.6M
2019-2020 Main Estimates $75.6M 450

Description

The Museum was established as the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 1990 and in 2013 became the Canadian Museum of History with a more extensive focus on Canadian history.

The Crown corporation includes both the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum.

The mandate of the corporation is to enhance Canadians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of events, experiences, people and objects that reflect and have shaped Canada’s history and identity, and also to enhance their awareness of world history and cultures.

The Canadian Museum of History presents the national narrative of the history of Canada and its people. Its First Peoples Hall and the Grand Hall tell the history of Canada’s First Peoples and highlight their modern-day contributions.

The Canadian War Museum promotes public understanding of Canada’s military history in its personal, national, and international dimensions. The Museum’s collections are among the finest military holdings in the world and comprise more than 3 million artifacts.

The corporation welcomes over 1.6 million visitors each year. It is also home to the Canadian Children’s Museum, the Virtual Museum of New France and the CINÉ+, a 295-seat movie theatre equipped with a giant 3D screen and a giant dome.

The Canadian Museum of History is located in Gatineau, and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

Governance

The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and nine other members are appointed by the Minister with the approval of the Governor in Council. The Director is appointed by the Board of Trustees with the approval of the Governor in Council.

Chairperson: James D. Fleck was appointed on December 14, 2017, for a two-year term ending on December 13, 2019.

Director: Mark O’Neill was first appointed on June 23, 2011, for a five-year term and was reappointed for a second five-year term ending on June 22, 2021.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Expected expenditures for the 2019-2020 financial year - Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Type of Expenditures Amount 2019-2020 Employees (Planned)
Operating and Capital $27.0M
2019-2020 Main Estimates $27.0M 169

Description

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights was created in 2008 and opened to the public in 2014.

It is mandated to explore the subject of human rights, with special but not exclusive reference to Canada, to enhance public understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others, and to encourage reflection and dialogue.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is focused more on the interpretation of ideas than on the collection of artefacts. As such, its exhibits excel in audio-visual design.

The Museum is a national centre for human-rights learning. It is a trusted source of objective information about a broad spectrum of human-rights topics and offers a variety of educational and public programs.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ eleven galleries and exhibits weave the human rights stories of many diverse groups, reflecting powerful lessons that transcend individual experiences.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is located in Winnipeg.

Governance

The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and nine other members are appointed by the Minister with the approval of the Governor in Council. The Director is appointed by the Board of Trustees with the approval of the Governor in Council.

Chairperson: J. Pauline Rafferty was appointed on December 14, 2017, for a four-year term ending December 13, 2021.

Director: John Young was appointed on August 17, 2015, for a five-year term ending on August 16, 2020.

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Expected expenditures for the 2019-2020 financial year - Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Type of Expenditures Amount 2019-2020 Employees (Planned)
Operating and Capital $7.9M
2019-2020 Main Estimates $7.9M 55

Description

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 was created in 2010 and became Canada’s sixth national museum.

It explores the theme of immigration to Canada to enhance public understanding of the immigrant experience and of the contribution of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life.

Located in Halifax, the museum collects, shares, and pays tribute to the Canadian immigration story. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is a National Historic Site and was the gateway to Canada for almost one million immigrants and the departure point for 368,000 Canadian military service personnel during the Second World War.

Governance

The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and nine other members are appointed by the Minister with the approval of the Governor in Council. The Director is appointed by the Board of Trustees with the approval of the Governor in Council.

Chairperson: Robert Vineberg was appointed on December 14, 2017, for a four-year term ending on December 13, 2021.

Director: Marie Chapman was first appointed on October 20, 2011, for a five-year term and was reappointed for a second five-year term ending on October 19, 2021.

Canadian Museum of Nature

Expected expenditures for the 2019-2020 financial year - Canadian Museum of Nature
Type of Expenditures Amount 2019-2020 Employees (Planned)
Operating and Capital $29.0M
2019-2020 Main Estimates $29.0M 139

Description

The Canadian Museum of Nature was created in 1990.

It is Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences. The museum provides evidence-based insights, inspiring experiences and meaningful engagement with nature’s past, present and future through scientific research, a specimen collection, education programmes, signature and travelling exhibitions.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is home to one of the world’s largest natural history collections. Comprised of 24 major science collections of more than 14.6 million specimens, the Museum’s holdings cover four billion years of Earth history.

The Museum’s conservation research in assessing collection preservation risks is an area of unique expertise that is recognized internationally.

The Canadian Museum of Nature operates two facilities: the Victoria Memorial Museum Building in Ottawa, which houses permanent galleries and special temporary exhibitions and where public programming is delivered, and the Natural Heritage Building in Gatineau, the site for research, collections and administrative operations.

Governance

The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and nine other members are appointed by the Minister with the approval of the Governor in Council. The Director is appointed by the Board of Trustees with the approval of the Governor in Council.

Chairperson: Judith A. LaRocque was appointed on December 14, 2017, for a three-year term ending on December 13, 2020.

Director: Margaret (Meg) L. Beckel was first appointed on June 6, 2011, for a five-year term and was reappointed for a second five-year term ending on June 5, 2021.

Canadian Race Relations Foundation

2019–20 Main Estimates: $0 The Canadian Race Relations Foundation’s primary source of income is derived from the investment income earned from its $24 million Endowment Fund. The Canadian Race Relations Foundation does not receive annual Parliamentary appropriations from the Government of Canada.

2019–20 Employees (Planned): 6

Description

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation was proclaimed by the federal government on October 28, 1996 and, in accordance with the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement, the Government provided the Canadian Race Relations Foundation with a one-time endowment fund of $24 million.

It facilitates the development, sharing and application of knowledge and expertise to contribute to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society.

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is governed by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Act (1991), and is a registered charitable corporation under the Income Tax Act.

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation undertakes research, collects data and develops a national information base to better understand the nature of racism and racial discrimination. It also facilitates exchanges on race relations policies, programs and research, and increases public awareness of the importance of eliminating racial discrimination.

Its office is located in Toronto.

Governance

The Chairperson and not more than 11 other directors, along with Executive Director, are appointed by the Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister.

Chairperson: Teresa Woo-Paw was appointed on November 8, 2018, for a four-year term, ending on November 7, 2022.

Executive Director: Lilian Ma was appointed on August 1, 2017, for a three-year term ending on July 31, 2020.

National Arts Centre

Expected expenditures for the 2019-2020 financial year - National Arts Centre
Type of Expenditures Amount 2019-2020 Employees (Planned)
Operating $35.3M
2019-2020 Main Estimates $35.3M 242

Description

The National Arts Centre was created in 1966 and opened in 1969.

The National Arts Centre’s vision is to be Canada’s pre-eminent performing arts centre; to create, showcase and celebrate excellence in the performing arts; and to symbolize artistic quality, innovation and creativity for all Canadians.

The National Arts Centre is the only bilingual multidisciplinary performing arts centre in North America.

It is one of the country’s most active co-producers of English and French theatre and dance, and is an active partner in numerous regional and local festivals. Its Department of Indigenous Theatre began its first full season of programming in 2019. Through this initiative, the National Arts Centre aims to foster and preserve Indigenous artistic practices and create welcoming spaces of cultural resurgence and inspiration.

The National Arts Centre is also home to the internationally acclaimed 50-member National Arts Centre Orchestra. Through concerts, school programs and educational activities, the Orchestra introduces young audiences to the performing arts, trains talented young musicians and makes educational material available to teachers.

The National Arts Centre is located in Ottawa.

Governance

The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and six other members, are appointed by the Governor in Council. The Mayor of the City of Ottawa and the Mayor of the City of Gatineau are ex-officio members of the Board of Trustees. The President is appointed by the Board of Trustees.

Chairperson: Adrian Burns was first appointed on December 11, 2014, for a four-year term and was reappointed for a second four-year term ending on December 10, 2022.

President: Christopher Deacon was appointed by the Board of Trustees on June 8, 2018, for a five-year term ending on June 7, 2023.

National Gallery of Canada

Expected expenditures for the 2019-2020 financial year - National Gallery of Canada
Type of Expenditures Amount 2019-2020 Employees (Planned)
Operating and Capital $38.6M
Acquisitions $8.0M
2019-2020 Main Estimates $46.6M 240

Description

The National Gallery of Canada was founded in 1880. The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography was founded in 1985 and is affiliated with the National Gallery of Canada.

Through its collections, onsite and travelling exhibitions, loans program, educational programs, as well as publications, professional training programs, and outreach initiatives, the National Gallery of Canada aspires to be a model of excellence in furthering knowledge of the visual arts, both at home and abroad. Through collaboration with national and international institutions, it seeks to make art accessible, meaningful and vital to diverse audiences of all ages.

Its collection includes over 77,000 works of art. Its comprehensive and important collection of Canadian art consists of a growing number of contemporary and Indigenous works. The National Gallery of Canada also has important collections of Western European, American and Asian art and a prestigious collection of prints, drawings and photographs of both historical and contemporary significance.

The National Gallery of Canada is located in Ottawa. It also operates the Canada Pavilion in Venice, Italy, which is used for the Venice Biennale, a major biennial international art event.

Governance

The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and nine other members are appointed by the Minister with the approval of the Governor in Council. The Director is appointed by the Board of Trustees with the approval of the Governor in Council.

Chairperson: Françoise E. Lyon was appointed on December 14, 2017, for a four-year term ending on December 13, 2021.

Director: Alexandra (Sasha) Suda was appointed on April 19, 2019, for a five-year term ending on April 18, 2024.

National Museum of Science and Technology (Ingenium)

Expected expenditures for the 2019-2020 financial year - National Museum of Science and Technology (Ingenium)
Type of Expenditures Amount 2019-2020 Employees (Planned)
Operating and Capital $30.8M
2019-2020 Main Estimates $30.8M 241

Description

While the legal name of the Corporation is the National Museum of Science and Technology, since June 26, 2017, the Corporation operates its three museums under the corporate brand Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation (Ingenium).

The Canada Science and Technology Museum opened in 1967. The Canada Aviation and Space Museum was made an affiliate in 1967, as was the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum in 1995. All three museums are located in Ottawa.

The Canada Science and Technology Museum is the only comprehensive science and technology museum in Canada, and has the largest collection of scientific and technological artefacts in Canada.

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum houses the most extensive aircraft collection in Canada and preserves Canada’s extensive aeronautical and space history.

The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum demonstrates the evolution of agricultural technology and the importance of agriculture in the everyday lives of Canadians.

Governance

The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and nine other members are appointed by the Minister with the approval of the Governor in Council. The Director is appointed by the Board of Trustees with the approval of the Governor in Council.

Chairperson: Neil Russon was appointed on May 9, 2019, for a four-year mandate ending on May 8, 2023.

Director: Christina Tessier was appointed on June 11, 2018, for a five-year term ending on June 10, 2023.

Telefilm Canada

Expected expenditures for the 2019-2020 financial year - Telefilm Canada
Type of Expenditures Amount 2019-2020 Employees (Planned)
Operating $101.9M
2019-2020 Main Estimates $101.9M 189

Description

Telefilm Canada was established in 1967 through the Telefilm Canada Act. It fosters and promotes the development of the audiovisual industry in Canada.

Telefilm Canada provides financial support to Canadian film projects, promotes and exports Canadian content at festivals, markets and events, and makes recommendations to the Minister of Canadian Heritage on whether projects can be recognized as audiovisual treaty coproductions. It administers the Canada Media Fund, which supports the creation of multi-platform television and digital media content, as well as the development of interactive digital media content and software applications.

The majority of Telefilm Canada’s activities centre on investments in individual projects. As a cultural investor, the revenues from investments in film are reinvested in new productions.

Telefilm Canada also supports the marketing and promotion of audiovisual productions and facilitates the participation of the industry at festivals and markets. These initiatives are aimed at helping the industry attract foreign financing and improve sales.

Over the years, many productions supported by Telefilm Canada have garnered numerous prizes and awards, both domestically and internationally.

Its facilities are located in Montréal, with offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax.

Governance

The Chairperson and five other members are appointed by the Governor in Council, along with the Government Film Commissioner of the National Film Board of Canada (ex officio member of Telefilm Canada’s Board of Directors). The Executive Director is appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Corporation.

Chairperson: Robert Spickler was appointed on May 9, 2019, for a five-year term ending on May 8, 2024.

Executive Director: Christa Dickenson was appointed on July 30, 2018, for a five-year term ending on July 29, 2023.

Administrative tribunals

Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board

Following the creation of the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada on November 1, 2014, all financial and human resources allocated to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, have been transferred to the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada.

Description

Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board was created as an independent administrative tribunal in 1977 under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. The Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board reports to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and is one of the 11 federal administrative tribunals supported by the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada Act.

Under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board reviews applications for refused export permits, makes determinations respecting fair cash offers for institutions to purchase cultural property, and certifies cultural property for income tax purposes.

Its facilities are located in Ottawa.

Governance

The ten-member Board is appointed by the Governor in Council.

Chairperson: Sharilyn J. Ingram was first appointed on December 21, 2016, for a three-year term and was reappointed for a six-month term ending on June 20, 2020.

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

Expected expenditures for the 2019-2020 financial year - Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
Type of Expenditures Amount 2019-2020 Full-Time Equivalents (Planned)
Operating $7.3M
Statutory* $8.1M
2019-2020 Main Estimates $15.4M 527

*Mostly for contributions to employee benefit plans

Description

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission was established by Parliament in 1968 and is an independent public authority constituted under the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act (1985).

The Commission strives to ensure that Canadians have access to a world-class communication system.

It is an arm’s length administrative tribunal that regulates and supervises Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications in the public interest, and contributes to the privacy and safety of Canadians.

The Head Office is located in Gatineau; six regional offices are located in Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Toronto, Montréal and Dartmouth.

Governance

While the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act provides for a Chairperson, two Vice-Chairpersons and ten full-time members appointed by the Governor in Council, the Commission currently consists of a Chairperson, two Vice-Chairpersons and six full-time regional members. Four full-time positions are vacant.

Chairperson: Ian Scott was appointed on September 5, 2017, for a five-year term ending on September 4, 2022.

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