Communications MDR is a trusted partner to the cultural industries, providing sound research and analysis on public policy and regulatory issues for strategic use by clients. Our clients have used our research to support their interventions to the CRTC on key regulatory hearings. We also provide in-depth analyses to support understanding and development of public policies in the cultural sector..

  • Public policy analysis
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Briefing documents
  • CRTC regulatory submissions
  • Standing Committee submissions


Commissioned by the Secretariat for the Broadcast and Telecommunications Legislative Review, this report provides a comparative analysis of funding mechanisms for audiovisual local news in Canada’s peer nations: the United Kingdom (UK), Republic of Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Norway, and Australia.

Based on a review of literature the research aimed to provide the following information:

  • Brief descriptions of the local broadcasting environment in each jurisdiction, and
  • Detailed descriptions of support mechanisms for local news and the organizations administering them in each jurisdiction.

A copy of the study can be requested at this link.

An Overview of Funding Mechanisms for Domestic Audiovisual Content in Selected International Jurisdictions (2019)

Commissioned by the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel, this study examined the funding mechanisms that exist in support of domestic audiovisual sectors in seven jurisdictions selected amongst Canada’s peer nations: the United Kingdom (UK), Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Norway, and Australia.  Based on a review of literature, the following was examined for each jurisdiction:

  • Information on national funding organizations that allocate funding for domestic audiovisual content, including their governance structure and how they are funded (e.g. parliamentary appropriations and/or regulatory contributions);
  • Eligibility criteria for funding; and
  • Information on direct and indirect (fiscal incentives) funding support provided.

The study can be requested at this link.



Reinventing Canada's Cultural Policy - Consultation on Canadian Content in a Digital World (2016)

This submission by Communications MDR to the federal government's public consultation on "Canadian Content in a Digital World" describes the challenges and opportunities for the screen-based production and distribution sectors in the digital age. The report provides nine recommendations for consideration by the federal government.

An International Comparative Study: How National Content is Defined in Canada and Selected Countries for the Purpose of Providing Access to Public Support (2015)

This report examines how national film and television programs are defined for the purpose of accessing government funding and tax credits in jurisdictions around the world. A key finding of the study was the relative lack of flexibility in the application of a definition of Canadian content, as compared to the jurisdictions examined, including the European Union and Australia and New Zealand.

Access the report here.

Environment Scan for the Culture Sector in Ontario, background document to public consultation (2015)

This background document supported the development of the first ever culture strategy in the province of Ontario. The report, which describes key trends, opportunities and challenges affecting the culture sector in Ontario, was shared with the public by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport consultation as it sought feedback on its draft Culture Strategy. The report also points to emerging best practices in cultural policies in Canada and internationally.

Access the report here.