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IDM Fund: Industry Development


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Ontario Media Development Corporation provides support to Ontario’s cultural entrepreneurs by partnering with established trade and event organizations to offer initiatives, events and activities that stimulate the growth of the cultural media industries.

These initiatives must promote the potential for measurable commercial transactions or other business-focused opportunities for Ontario companies that create and sell content in the book, film, interactive digital media, magazine, or television industries, and any combination of these industries.

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Suitable initiatives include:

  • Business development activities at significant annual markets and festivals such as structured group or one-on-one meetings between buyers and sellers; content-focused trade shows; or forums that connect buyers or investors with cultural entrepreneurs;
  • Trade organization initiatives such as business or content incubators with market participation; trade missions; group marketing projects; or best business practice forums.

Application Process

Organizations that are interested in receiving support through the OMDC for activities that fit the descriptions above are instructed to contact OMDC to discuss the eligibility of their proposed activity before making an application. There are no application deadlines for this program. However, complete applications should be submitted at least 2 months prior to the start date of the initiative. Please note that OMDC reserves the right to not consider late applications.  The last application for the 2017–2018 fiscal year will be accepted on January 31, 2018.

  • Applications must be submitted via the OMDC Online Application Portal (OAP). Applications submitted by any other method will not be accepted.
  • Before beginning an application, your company’s corporate information must be registered with the OAP. If you do not have a user account on OAP, please go to https://apply.omdc.on.ca and click on “Register”.
    If your company is registered, the OMDC Industry Development Program deadline will appear in your dashboard. To start the application, click on “Start new application” and follow the onscreen directions to access the application form.
  • Applicants are encouraged to start the application process well in advance of the deadline in case technical support is required. If you encounter problems setting up your Company’s corporate information, you can email applyhelp@omdc.on.ca for assistance. This email address can also be used for any technical questions you have about the OAP.

Guidelines and Documents
Industry Development Program - Guidelinespdf icon
Industry Development Program - Additional Sponsor Provisionspdf icon
Industry Development Program - Additional Sponsor ProvisionsMS Word icon
Industry Development Program - Projected Results and Outcomespdf icon
Industry Development Program - Projected Results and OutcomesMS Word icon

To be added to our distribution list to receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates please email programs2@omdc.on.ca with your complete contact information, including full name, company’s name, telephone number, and the name of the program that you are interested in.

Enquiries regarding OMDC programs should be directed to the Coordinator, Industry Initiatives:

Film, Television and Screen-based Media
Phone: 416-642-6697
Email: programs@omdc.on.ca

Books and Magazines
Phone: 416-642-6652
Email: programs2@omdc.on.ca

Interactive Digital Media
Phone: 416-642-6695
Email: idmfund@omdc.on.ca


Funding Deadlines


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Contact Us

Film, Television, Interactive Digital Media
Phone: 416-642-6695
Email: programs@omdc.on.ca

Books, Magazines and Music
Phone: 416-642-6652
Email: programs2@omdc.on.ca