Ontario Production Mentorship Program


Program at a glance



Applications are accepted and placements are allocated between May 30, 2016 and August 19, 2016, or until funds remain available. During this period, approvals are scheduled regularly.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the CMPA prior to submitting an application for up to date placement availability and the timing of the next approval cycle.

Spots Available

0 out of 20
Updated: July 12, 2016

Duration of Placement     22 Weeks. Placements must be completed by March 3, 2017.

Trainee Stipend

$14,300 (minimum)
$7,150 from the Program
$7,150 from the mentor company*

*Mandatory Employment Related Costs are additional and must be covered by the mentor company.

Eligibility Must be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive). Cannot be in receipt of Employment Insurance benefits during the program. Must have a post-secondary degree.

Supported by Employment and Social Development Canada's (ESDC) Youth Employment Strategy, this Career Focus program provides Ontario-based emerging and mid-level production personnel with long-term, paid training opportunities in the film, television and digital media sectors. Under the personal guidance of seasoned industry professionals, participants will develop their business, creative and administrative abilities. They will also increase their potential for career advancement in the production sector. On-the-job training will be provided by CMPA mentor production companies based in Ontario.

Trainee Eligibility

  • Must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee status has been conferred
  • Must be a resident of Ontario
  • Must be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations
  • Must be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection
  • Must be co-applying with a mentor company
  • Must have a post-secondary degree
  • Cannot be enrolled in a full-time educational program
  • Cannot be an employee or family member of the mentor company
  • Cannot be in receipt of Employment Insurance benefits during the program
  • Preference is given to applicants who have been unemployed for the last 6 months
  • When applicable, youth are limited to one Career Focus work experience normally without interruptions

Mentor Company Eligbility

  • Must be a member of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)
  • Must be based in Ontario
  • Must be co-applying with a trainee candidate
  • Must contribute a minimum of $7,150 toward the trainee stipend
  • Must engage the participant as an employee and cover all Mandatory Employment Related Costs
  • A mentor applicant cannot be an employer or family member of the trainee with whom he/she is submitting a joint application

Payment of Funds

Each trainee receives a minimum of $14,300 for his/her placement. The program contributes $7,150, while the mentor company must contribute a minimum of $7,150. 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.)

Selection Process

Applications will be acccepted until August 19, 2016, or until funds remain available. During this period, approvals will be scheduled regularly. CMPA staff will ensure that submitted applications meet all eligibility criteria and then forward it to a dedicated Advisory Committee that will have final approval on each placement. This committee will be responsible for evaluating applications on their overall merit. The selection panel’s decisions on the awarded placements will be final.

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  skills working in the screen-based media production sector. 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-placement 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 training schedule (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 the film, television and digital media production industry

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 references (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)


Trainee application Mentor application





About Employment and Social Development Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and Career Focus intiatives

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is the department of the Government of Canada responsible for developing, managing and delivering social programs and services.

The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help young people, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition into the labour market.

Career Focus provides funding for employers and organizations to design and deliver a range of activities that enable youth make more informed career decisions, develop their skills and benefit from work experiences.




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Contact Us

Sarolta Csete, Director, Development & Corporate Affairs Email Sarolta

1-613-688-0952 / 1-800-656-7440 x338