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News | 02/28/2001 5:00 am EST

Canadian Television Fund gets 1-year transitional renewal
Canadian Heritage Minister Sheila Copps has given the Canadian Television Fund another $100 million and renewed its mandate for the 2001-2002 fiscal year. The fund, which was set to expire in March, was renewed for a year to "provide continuity in policy implementation," pending the government setting its next budget. The fund has enabled the creation of such Canadian shows as Da Vinci’s Inquest, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and Un gars, une fille. According to CTF manager of communications Phil Serruya, about 230 applications had been received by the Feb. 15 deadline for 2001-2002 funding for drama, variety, performing arts and children’s shows. The successful applicants are expected to be announced in mid-March. The deadline for documentary applications is March 15, and a second round of applications for documentaries and children’s programming is Oct. 3.

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