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Cultural Industries Branch


The Cultural Industries Branch fosters the viability of the Canadian film and video, sound recording, and publishing industries, to benefit Canada's economy and sense of cultural identity.

The Cultural Industries Branch was created on December 15, 2005, following the regrouping of the Publishing Policy and Programs Branch and the Film, Video and Sound Recording Branch. This new organizational structure is aimed at optimizing strategic planning activities and at integrating policy and program development and management. The Branch is responsible for the four main cultural "production" industries in Canada: the industries of sound recordings, books, feature films and periodicals.

The Cultural Industries Branch is comprised of five distinct directorates:

  1. Sound Recording Policy and Programs
  2. Film and Video Policy and Programs
  3. Book Publishing Policy and Programs
  4. Periodical Publishing Policy and Programs
  5. Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO)

Each directorate monitors industry evolution and activities, and recommends, develops and administers policies and programs for their respective sectors. CAVCO is responsible for the certification of Canadian content, and the administration of two film or video production tax credits.