Equity & Representation

Policies and Best Practices

As a public producer and distributor with a mandate to reflect the lives, experiences and perspectives of Canadians in its works, the NFB is firmly committed to following and initiating best practices and policies to ensure equitable representation of underrepresented demographic groups behind the camera, in key craft positions, in the stories we produce and in how those stories are told.

The NFB has introduced formal policies to promote gender equity and equity for Indigenous creators.

Gender Parity

In 2016, the NFB announced that 50% of our production spending would be committed to projects directed by women. We are also committed to achieving equity for women in key creative positions, which informs decision-making around crew. Where there are gaps, mentorship opportunities can be implemented and offered to women in under-represented craft positions.

Indigenous Equity

In 2017, the NFB announced an Indigenous Action Plan which included a commitment that 15% of NFB production spending would be allocated to projects by Indigenous directors. We are also committed to creating more opportunities for Indigenous artisans in key creative positions, which informs decision-making around crew. Where there are gaps, mentorship opportunities can be implemented and offered to Indigenous crew in craft positions.

We follow and ask our production partners to follow the recommendations outlined in On-Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Metis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories.