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Understanding Social Capital in Canada's Screen Media Sector
Current research in Canada’s Screen Media sector has revealed the overwhelming importance of social capital as a currency for accessing knowledge, jobs, networks, and other resources. Although important, the notion of social capital has largely been taken-for-granted in the sector, often simplified as ‘networking’ and citing the importance of ‘who you know’ as a key factor for success. 

Given its significance in shaping the Canadian Screen Media landscape, this study seeks to:

  • Explore the role of social capital as both an enabler and a barrier to access.
  • Uncover role of social capital in shaping the character of Canada’s Screen Media sector. 
  • Provide an empirical basis for creating policies, programs and investments that bridge creative communities and strengthen social trust, reciprocity and equity across the sector.

Participation in this survey is completely anonymous and confidential. By completing the survey, you are consenting to have your responses included in a summary report of findings. These findings will be reported as ‘themes’, and never tied to individual participants.

If you choose, you may also volunteer to participate in a follow-up discussion at the end of the survey, but this is not a requirement.

Additionally, you may, at any time withdraw your participation, and your data will be removed. Please contact if you would like to withdraw your responses from the study.

This research study has been reviewed and received clearance through the Seneca College Research Ethics Board. If you have any questions about this process or about your rights as a participant in the study, contact Seneca’s Research Ethics Board at If you have any other questions about this study or about your participation, feel free to contact Biju Pappachan ( or Lindsay Valve (

If you agree to participate in this study, you may click continue to proceed to our survey and give your electronic consent before the first question.

Thank you in advance for your participation and honest sharing of your experiences.
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