Research and CRTC Submissions

February Call for Focus Group Participants: Producers, Writers, Directors

WIFT Canada Coalition is proud to be partnering with Dr. Amanda Coles at Deakin University in Australia, and Professor Deb Verhoeven at the University of Alberta, on an important research study funded by the Canada Media Fund. The project examines how risk assessments related to film and television development and production under COVID-19 interact with the specific challenges the pandemic also poses to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in the Canadian film and television industry.

The output of this project will be a report for Women In Film and Television Canada Coalition that interrogates risk and decision-making in relation to equity, diversity and inclusion of both workforces and story content under COVID-19. 

Amanda and Deb are actively seeking women writers, directors and producers from under-represented communities, particularly Indigenous, Black and People of Colour women creatives, and women from under-served film and television production regions across Canada, to participate in 2 focus groups of 8 – 10 people each for the study this month. For more information on participating, please view the full project details here. 

Women in View:

Women in View is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening gender representation and diversity in Canadian media both on screen and behind the scenes, through information gathering, building awareness and effecting systemic change. They produce valuable reports on the status of Canadian women’s employment in our screen industries.

The 5th Women in View On Screen Report 2019 finds that women – especially women of colour and Indigenous women – remain significantly under-employed on Canada’s publicly funded film and television productions. But the study also finds that women’s creative leadership is the key that unlocks gender balance and greater diversity.

Geena Davies Institute on Gender in Media:

Research Informs & Empowers – If she can see it, she can be it!

The Institute has amassed the largest body of research on gender prevalence in family entertainment, spanning more than 28 years. Its research serves as the basis for education and outreach programs that help families, studios, educators and content creators become critical consumers and producers.

Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, USC: (Dr. Stacey Smith)

The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative is one of the leading think tanks in the world studying diversity and inclusion in entertainment through original research and sponsored projects. The Inclusion Initiative develops targeted, research-based solutions to tackle inequality in three major areas: research, advocacy and action.

Canadian Media Producers Association:

Industry Profiles – The CMPA’s annual economic report provides an in-depth look at the impact of Canada’s screen-based production industry and offers detailed statistics on the most recent production year, as well as longer-term trends in Canada’s three main screen-content segments: Canadian film and television production, foreign location and service production, and broadcaster in-house production.

Swedish Film Institute

Towards Gender Equality in Film Production

The gender equality perspective permeates everything that is done at the Swedish Film Institute: from production funding to the choice of films to promote from the archive, to the recruitment of new personnel.


The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regulates Canadian broadcasters under the current Broadcasting Act’s stated objectives. The current Act, soon to be updated under proposed Bill C-11, includes a section on ensuring that all people in Canada have access to and benefit from the Canadian broadcasting system and references equal rights. It is under this section that WIFTV successfully challenged the CRTC in 2017 and thereafter, which has since led to significant changes in equity-related Canadian broadcasting policy implementations by the CRTC.