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The NFB announces the measures that will be implemented under the deficit reduction action plan

Press release


Montréal, April 4, 2012 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will contribute to the Government of Canada's national deficit reduction action plan by trimming $6.68 million from its annual budget, equivalent to a 10% reduction in its parliamentary allocation. In this context, the NFB is announcing today a series of measures that will be implemented in the current year.

Tom Perlmutter, Government Film Commissioner and Chair of the NFB, said “This has not been an easy task.   We have had to make tough choices.   We needed to ensure the long-term viability of the NFB by maintaining our ability to innovate in the creation and distribution of works that cannot be done elsewhere, continuing to serve the public in ways that add to the rich cultural fabric of our country, and sustaining our global leadership in the digital sphere. I think we have succeeded in doing that. Nonetheless, there will be an impact such as the loss of the viewing stations and the cinemas; the reduction in scope of our aid to independent filmmakers; and the cuts to festivals and events. Most of all, it is painful to lose colleagues who have contributed so much to the current success of the NFB.”

The measures

·    As of September 1, 2012, the NFB will close the viewing posts and the cinemas in the Médiatheque in Toronto and the Cinérobothèque in Montréal.   The NFB office on St Denis will be closed. The Toronto office will continue to operate and maintain a window to the public through an exhibition space on the ground floor.

·    The educational workshops will be maintained but will be held on partner sites in Montreal and in situ in the NFB Toronto Centre.

·    The viewing stations had been instrumental in ensuring more widespread access to NFB's works, albeit limited to Toronto and Montreal. However, despite their continued popularity, the advent and growth of online viewing have made them less essential as a way of reaching our audiences.

·    The closing of the cinemas will have less of an impact because in the last few years a range of screening options has opened up nearby in both Montreal and Toronto.

·    As of April 1, 2012, the NFB will end the “festivals and events” component of the Grants and Contributions Program.

·    The NFB will continue to support independent productions through the Filmmaker Assistance Program (FAP) and the Aide au cinéma indépendant du Canada (ACIC) program, but will reduce the scope of the program starting April 1, 2012. This measure will not affect productions already accepted.

·    Funds earmarked for production will be reduced slightly, i.e. by approximately 1% of the NFB's global budget. The NFB will continue to produce and coproduce innovative works that could not be made without its participation and expertise.

·    We will be consolidating administrative services in the regions resulting in some job losses in the regional offices.

·    Lastly, we will implement new work processes in all divisions, in particular in the management of language services, rights management services, and general administration. The NFB will achieve additional savings by streamlining office space.

·    As a result of these measures 73 full and part-time positions will be cut. The NFB will work with the unions to minimize the impact and offer reassignment where possible. Moreover, the reorganization of the work will lead to the creation of 12 new positions.

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Source: National Film Board of Canada


Pat Dillon
NFB Publicist
Cell : 514-206-1750
E-mail: p.a.dillon@nfb.ca