OMDC Newsletter
October 2014

OMDC’s Digital Dialogue Breakfast Series – What You Need To Know About Accessibility

Alfred Spencer, Director, Outreach and Strategic Initiatives, Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, Raina Wells, OMDC Director (A), Business Affairs & Research and Richard Cavanagh, CEO / Funding Officer of the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund.

If you missed the OMDC Digital Dialogue Breakfast Accessibility: What You Need To Know held on September 19, 2014, you can catch it on OMDC’s YouTube Channel. Find out from the experts how to remove barriers, increase accessibility for persons with disabilities and meet your obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Click here to watch the video.

    Amit Breuer, President, Amythos Media

This is the last scheduled breakfast for 2014. If you are interested in being added to the invitation list for the 2015 Breakfast Series, please contact:

Visit OMDC’s Digital Dialogue Breakfast Series #4 Facebook Gallery for more photos from this event.

OMDC Program Deadlines and News

Note: *All Program Deadlines are by 5 pm

OMDC Film Fund
November 3, 2014 - OMDC Film Fund deadline

Ontario Music Fund (OMF)

OMF Music Industry Development Stream

December 30, 2014 – OMF Music Industry Development Application Deadline

Industry Development Program

Ongoing | OMDC's Industry Development Program offers financial and, where appropriate, strategic support to established trade and event organizations that are undertaking initiatives that provide business growth and business development opportunities for Ontario cultural media companies. Guidelines are now posted on our website at For further information contact:

Research Grant Applications Available on OMDC’s Online Application Portal (OAP)

OMDC is pleased to announce that applications to the Research Grants program can now be made on the OMDC’s paperless, secure Online Application Portal (OAP). You will be able to apply online (including uploading and storing corporate documents), track the status of your applications and communicate with OMDC regarding your application through the OAP.
Applications can be submitted online or on paper for November 10, 2014 application deadline.
For deadlines in 2015 and after, application through the Online Application Portal is mandatory.
New users to the OAP will first have to register for a user account.

OAP training videos are available online and can be found on the Online Application Portal Training Videos page of the OMDC website.

We are also offering a WebEx training session on the OMDC Online Application Portal. Visit our website for upcoming WebEx training dates on how to use the Online Application Portal.

Upcoming Research Application Deadlines

Research deadlines will be at 5:30 p.m., Toronto time, on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 10, 2014
  • Monday, March 16, 2015

*OMDC reserves the right to revise Guidelines and Application Forms at any time. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are using the most current Guidelines and Application Form. Inquiries regarding OMDC Research should be directed the Research and Strategic Planning department. Phone: 416-314-6858 / Email:

OMDC-Supported Research: Learning from Documentary Audiences: A Market Study

Hot Docs has released Learning from Documentary Audiences: A Market Study, which reports results of a survey of over 3,000 Canadian documentary viewers aimed at better understanding how audiences discover, watch and share documentaries. The study finds that documentaries are viewed most often in the home, with movie theatres a close second, and that TV cable/satellite packages and Netflix are the two main viewing platforms. The study also identifies three market segments with distinct habits and preferences for consuming documentaries. This research was funded by OMDC, Telefilm, the National Film Board and the Canada Media Fund. To read the report, click here.

OMDC-Supported Research: The Mode Project

Interactive Ontario has launched an online map of Interactive Digital Media firms and organizations in Ontario. Mapping Ontario's Digital Economy (MODE) is a project designed to offer a comprehensive picture of Ontario's IDM industry. The MODE project maps companies creating IDM content in Ontario, allowing for a visual representation of where the province's main IDM clusters occur. The top 3 cities for IDM content production are Toronto, Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo, with significant activity in London, Hamilton, St. Catharines/Niagara Falls. Companies are encouraged to take part in the project by completing enhanced data, such as company size, lines of business, job categories and more. View the map and directory here.

New Data on Culture’s Economic Impact

Did you know that arts, culture and heritage contributes $47.8 billion to the Canadian economy and represents 3.1% of Canada’s total GDP while contributing over 647,300 jobs across the country?

The Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) has been working with Statistics Canada and other federal, provincial, territorial and municipal organizations, including OMDC, on the creation and development of the Culture Satellite Account (CSA). The CSA is an accounting framework that can better capture data detailing the economic importance and activity of culture, arts, heritage and sport in Canada compared to other methods. The CSA will provide new statistics every year, and will provide up-to-date information on a range of culture indicators such as GDP and jobs. Provincial and territorial level data will be available starting in 2015.You can view the Culture Satellite Account here.

OMDC's OAP Training Videos Available Online!

We are very pleased to announce that the OAP training videos have gone live and can be found on the Online Application Portal Training Videos page of the OMDC website.

OAP Quick Tip

The Portal Dashboard displays five of the most recent action items by default. To see the full list, click SHOW ALL at the bottom right corner of the Action Items table. You can also remove closed action items from the Dashboard by selecting the HIDE button to the right of the closed items.

The 2014 Applause Awards

The 2014 Applause Awards were held on Monday, September 22, 2014. The Applause Awards recognize contributions and achievements of Ontario Public Servants working for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports (MTCS) and its agencies. Two groups from OMDC were nominated: the Tax Credits Risk Assessment Team was nominated in the innovation category and a joint Ministry/OMDC team was nominated for the development and launch of Ontario Music Fund. Congratulations to the OMDC nominees for their hard work.

Tax Credits Risk Assessment Team - Front row: Jennifer Blitz, Kelly Payne, Anna Newallo, Angela Zehr; Middle row: Manya Rouben, Kathy Paljus, Joan McGuinness, Monica Szenteszky, Caitlin O’Leary, Deborah Morris; Back row: Mark Sonnenberg, Albert Tan, Chris Dunn, Rick Mazza, Mark Watts, Christine Pond, Michael Olivier (Not pictured: Raymond Chua, Richard Kearney, Season Man, Elissa McBride, Mara Ravins, Rachel Arlene Singh, Erin Smith)

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