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CMPA Diversity Mentorship Program | Canadian Media Producers Association


CMPA Diversity Mentorship Program


Program at a glance


CLOSED July 17, 2017

Spots Available

Duration of Placement     20 Weeks. Must be completed by March 16, 2018.

Trainee Stipend

$13,200 (minimum)
$6,600 from the Program
$6,600 from the mentor company

The CMPA is an inclusive organization that is committed to achieving gender balance and greater diversity and indigenous representation within our organization, within the industry and on screens. As such, we strive to develop mentorship and training opportunities that help growing the talent base of under‐represented groups. The focus of this initiative is to increase the diversity amongst producers and foster inclusivity in the screen-based production industry. It will offer CMPA members the opportunity to work with producers who reflect Canada’s diverse makeup. The program is open to all CMPA member companies in good standing and trainee candidates from diverse backgrounds that have a demonstrated interest in working in production with the ultimate goal of becoming a producer. Activities can take place during any stage of production and activities including but not limited such as research, development, on-set and office production, business affairs, marketing and promotion.  


Trainee Eligibility

  • Open to candidates who self-identify as being a member of a group that is currently underrepresented and/or faces barriers entering the Canadian screen-based content production industry, including but not limited to women, newcomers to Canada, visible minorities, indigenous and LGBTQ producers and persons with disabilities
  • Must be a Canadian citizens, permanent resident or person on whom refugee status has been conferred
  • Must be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
  • Cannot be an employee or family member of the mentor company
  • Must be co-applying with a mentor company

Mentor Company Eligbility

  • Must be a member of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)
  • Must be co-applying with a trainee candidate
  • Must contribute a minimum of $ 6,600 toward the trainee stipend
  • A mentor applicant cannot be an employer or family member of the trainee with whom he/she is submitting a joint application

Application Process

We only accept applications via our online application portal. Please note that applicants will be required to upload the following documents during the process


  • Resume
  • Letter of intent
  • Two (2) letters of reference (Download templete - Right click and Save to download PDF form)



  • Letter of intent
  • Placement work plan (Download template - Right click and Save to download PDF form)

Selection Process

A selection panel established and supervised by the CMPA will award placements. Decisions will be based on the criteria set out for both the mentor and the trainee. The panel will be responsible for evaluating applications on their overall merit and the selection panel’s decisions on the awarded placements will be final. Given the high number of applications and the limited resources available, some deserving applications may not be successful. All applications will be assessed against the program’s goal to create meaningful placements that will ultimately help support emerging and mid-level producers’ efforts in developing their knowledge of and experience in the screen-based media production industry. As such, the selection panel may consider a number of factors in order to make their decisions on applications. These factors may include, but are not limited to, the:

  • Viability of the mentor-trainee relationship (eg. shared goals and objectives; post-traineeship employment opportunities with the mentor company; financial contribution to the trainee’s stipend; demonstrated commitment to sharing expertise, and ability and experience in training)
  • Clear objectives and skills development goals
  • Strength of the proposed work plan (eg. trainee’s job description; diversity of training; mentor supervision) vs. proposed trainee’s related education, professional goals, and work or volunteer experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to screen-based media production industry

Payment of Funds

Each trainee receives a minimum of $13,200 for his/her placement. The program contributes $6,600, while the mentor company must contribute a minimum of $6,600. Upon selection each mentor company must sign a contract with the CMPA and the trainee, outlining the requirements of the program, including reporting procedures and how funds will be dispersed. Each financial award is to be solely applied to the trainee’s stipend. The CMPA contribution will be disbursed in three installments. Each installment will be given to the mentor upon submission of an invoice for the amount and the required supporting documentation (invoices, mid-term and final reports, final questionnaires and proof of payment for the trainee’s stipend.)



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Sarolta Csete, Director, Development & Corporate Affairs Email Sarolta

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