Applicants must have a legal personality operating in Quebec or Canada, depending on the program, be under Quebec or Canadian control, and have a head office in Quebec or Canada.
The applicant must hold all rights permitting the development, production, broadcasting and distribution of the production, and have a permanent financial interest in the project. To demonstrate that this requirement is respected, the applicant must provide the Quebecor Fund with the chain of intellectual property rights.
In the case of a co-production, the sum of the rights of each co-producer must total all the rights of any nature, including copyright, to permit the development, production, broadcasting and distribution of the production, without any time or territorial restrictions. The chain of intellectual property must demonstrate that this requirement is respected.
An international co-production approved by Telefilm Canada/SODEC as a co-production subject to a formal agreement, is eligible if all other criteria established by the Quebecor Fund are met.
Projects or business models for which a financial contribution is requested may come from either one or several producers, distributors or broadcasters, as long as the project, whether for television, film or multi-platform, is dealt with as a single project and that a single application is filed with the Quebecor Fund. Moreover, if a project is filed as a co-production or partnership, a single representative must be given full authority in dealing with the Quebecor Fund throughout the process, any transmission of documents must combine and include all aspects of the project.
The project must be produced by Canadian artists, with the acknowledgment that the production must obtain the certification of Canadian Production as established by the accreditation system of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
To be eligible for a financial contribution, the applicant must prove that a programming undertaking (PU) has acquired or will acquire (in the case of an EXAP) a broadcasting licence, in accordance with industry standards, and submit a written commitment by the PU to the Quebecor Fund indicating that it will broadcast the production in Canada within two (2) years of the production end date. The payment of the licence must be made entirely in cash and may not be paid in part in services.
Sports programming projects (CRTC category 6); current affairs-type reports (CRTC category 3) and news programming (CRTC category 1); and promotional projects, such as infomercials and editorial advertising, internal content projects and other promotional interlude programming commonly used by PUs are not eligible for financial contributions from the Quebecor Fund.