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Proactive Disclosure

Proactive Disclosure of Contracts Over $10,000

On March 23, 2004, the government announced a new policy on the mandatory publication of contracts over $10,000.

This website provides information on contracts issued by or on behalf of this institution. Every three months we will be reporting contracts awarded by the institution in the previous three months.

Beginning on October 31, 2004, and every three months thereafter, this web Site will be updated to include information on new contracts awarded. Beginning in the year 2017-18, as of the 1st Quarter, proactive disclosure of contracts over $10,000 are disclosed on Open Government.

The rules and principles governing government contracting are outlined in the Treasury Board Contracting Policy, which can be found at The objective of government procurement contracting is to acquire goods and services, including construction services, in a manner that enhances access, competition and fairness and results in best value to Canada.

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Disclosure of Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenses

On December 12, 2003, the Prime Minister announced a new policy on the mandatory publication of travel and hospitality expenses for selected government officials.

These Web pages provide information on the travel and hospitality expenses incurred by the Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada. The general rules and principles governing travel are outlined in the National Joint Council Travel Directive and the Special Travel Authorities. The purpose of these directives is to provide for the reimbursement of reasonable expenses necessarily incurred during travel on government business.

The NFB extends hospitality in accordance with the rules and principles outlined in the Guidelines for Ministers’ Offices and the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures. The objective of the policy is to ensure that hospitality is extended in an economical and affordable way when it facilitates government business or is considered desirable as a matter of courtesy and protocol.

The information on this Web site will be updated every three months, beginning on March 31, 2004. Effective for the 3rd Quarter of 2017 (September 2 – December 1), the proactive disclosure of travel and hospitality is now disclosed on Open Government. Effective July 31, 2019, the NFB will be proactively disclosing travel and hospitality expenses reimbursed for its senior officers or employees on Open Government on a monthly basis (30 days after month end) in accordance with Bill C58.

Please note that information that would normally be withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act does not appear on this web Site.

Claude Joli-Coeur

Claude Joli-Coeur is the 16th Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada. As Assistant Commissioner at the NFB from 2007 to 2014, Mr. Joli-Coeur was the head of Government Relations and Strategic Planning and of Business Affairs and Legal Services. In 2014, he served as Acting Commissioner, a position he had previously held in 2007.

Tom Perlmutter

Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the NFB from  June 11, 2007, to December 31, 2013.

Jacques Bensimon

Government Film Commissioner and chairperson of the Board of Trustees. Jacques Bensimon’s mandate as Commissioner ended December 17, 2006.

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Proactive Disclosure of Grant and Contribution Awards Over $25,000

On 21 October 2005, the Government announced its commitment to proactively disclose the awarding of grants and contributions over $25,000 as part of its Management Improvement Agenda.

Since fiscal year 2005‒2006, the NFB has not granted any subsidies or contributions exceeding $25,000. Also, the NFB abolished its Grants and Contributions program in 2015 and consequently has no activities to report in this regard.

The rules and principles governing government grants and contributions are outlined in the Treasury Board Policy on Transfer Payments. Transfer payments are transfers of money, goods, services or assets made from an appropriation to individuals, organizations or other levels of government, without the federal government directly receiving goods or services in return, but which may require the recipient to provide a report or other information subsequent to receiving payment. These expenditures are reported in the Public Accounts of Canada. The major types of transfer payments are grants, contributions and ‘other transfer payments’.

Included in this category, but not to be reported under proactive disclosure of awards, are (1) transfers to other levels of government such as Equalization payments as well as Canada Health and Social Transfer payments. (2) Grants and contributions reallocated or otherwise redistributed by the recipient to third parties; and (3) information that would normally be withheld under the Information Act and the Privacy Act.