Development & Licensing Eligibility Guidelines

In order for proposals to be eligible for consideration the following conditions must be met:

  • Program selection must be of interest to a national Indigenous audience.
  • The producer must:
  • be an Indigenous Person, if an individual, which is defined to include a First Nations, Métis or Inuit individual who resides in Canada;
  • be an Indigenous Production Company, incorporated under the laws of Canada in which Indigenous persons own a minimum of 51% of the voting shares.
  • The production company must be in compliance, and not in default, with any previous contract(s) with APTN. In the event of a new company established between two or more existing companies, all companies must be in compliance with any previous contract(s) with APTN. APTN reserves the right not to review proposals from any company involved in a project that does not meet this requirement.
  • APTN will require programs in Indigenous languages to be subtitled in either French or English.
  • APTN requires closed captioning for the hearing impaired on all English and French programs, as well as described video for programming drawn from the following CRTC program categories: 2(b) long form doc; 7 drama and comedy; 9 variety; 11(a) general entertainment & human interest; 11(b) reality TV, and/or may be programming targeting children.
  • All projects accessing CMF funding will require an ISAN number.
  • APTN will not licence proposals submitted by individuals or companies that do not have relevant production experience.
  • For any licenced program APTN will require a CRTC Certificate of Canadian Program Certification (no CAVCO) for all programs over 5 minutes in duration. The program must satisfy all Canadian content requirements of the CRTC.  APTN will require a Canadian content certificate from the CRTC for the original language version of the program, as well as separate CRTC Canadian content certificate(s) for the Indigenous language version and/or any other official language version (which certificate should allow for additional 25% time credit from the CRTC for programs dubbed in Canada).
  • There will be no early deadline for renewals and no automatic renewals. Renewals do not submit through RFPs. If APTN wishes to renew for subsequent season, APTN will contact the Producer(s). Programs will be evaluated on a yearly basis to assess their relevance to APTN’s changing programming priorities (ratings and audience reaction will be considered). All renewals must meet all other program licencing guidelines, especially compliance with existing contracts. No individual or production company in default of production deadlines or not in good standing with the network will be considered for new or renewed projects.
  • APTN requests applicants to voluntarily self-identify. APTN requires statistics in these areas for reporting requirements to the Board of Directors and the CRTC.  An Indigenous person is defined to include a First Nations, Inuit or Métis person who resides in Canada.