The Program

EDGE is pleased to offer you the opportunity to obtain a Public Performance Video License at great cost savings for your church!  If you were to go directly it would cost you a minimum of $300 to secure a license.  But with the group savings, the average church only needs to spend $75 – $150.

We have negotiated a video licensing agreement with Criterion Pictures and Audio Cine Films (ACF) Inc. who represent most of the major distributors including Paramount, Universal, Alliance Atlantis, New Line Cinema, Miramax, Disney, Veggie Tales and many, many more!

There are many creative ways that you can use films in your congregation – legally!

  • During worship
  • Fundraisers
  • Family nights
  • Youth group events
  • Education programs

It is our hope that the availability of this licensing arrangement will be one more tool that supports your ministries in creative and just ways.

Why Do We Need A Public Performance License?

You need a public performance license:

  • If you show movies or clips from movies/TV programs for public viewing (unless you are showing ‘live-fee’ YouTube material)
  • Public viewing includes every time your show a video in the church building during programming or worship or fundraising
  • It doesn’t matter whether you own or rent the movie/clip

The Canadian Copyright Act applies in all cases, even if films are personally owned, brought in from outside sources, obtained from rental outlets, or purchased in retail stores.  It applies if films are shown freely, partially, or to small groups, for educational or fundraising purposes.  Additional information concerning copyright can be obtained from the Copyright Board of Canada at

Summary: Without a public performance license you are breaking current copyright laws.


Criterion Pictures Includes:

  • Warner Brothers
  • Artisan Entertainment
  • Alliance Films Inc.
  • Big Idea, Inc. (Veggie Tales)
  • 20th Century Fox
  • Fine Line Features
  • Focus Features
  • Odeon Films
  • Miramax Films
  • USA Films
  • New Line Cinema
  • Fox Searchlight
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Paramount Picutres
  • Nelvana
  • DreamWorks SKG
  • Lucas Films
  • And more

Audio Cine Films Inc. Includes:

  • Walt Disney Pictures
  • Touchstone Pictures
  • Hollywood Pictures
  • Christal Films
  • Columbia Pictures
  • Equinoxe Films
  • Orion Pictures
  • Pixar Animation Studios
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • United Artists
  • MGM Studios
  • Universal Studios Canada (plus others)

The Cost

The combined cost for both companies to cover congregations in Canada is $1.10 per person plus HST based on average Sunday attendance as report on the 2016 Statistical Return Forms filed with the United Church of Canada.  The license will be in effect from April 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. EDGE handles the administration to keep the costs low.

Example of 60 people on Sundays:

60 x 1.10 = $66
+ 13% HST = $74.58

Example of 100 people on Sundays:

100 x 1.50 = $110
+ 13% HST = $124.30


Please note: this year, the above fee is prorated to run 8 months until December. The next billing cycle for subscriptions will begin in January 2019.

Click here for the Video DVD License Application

Signing Up

Step 1: Fill out the Video DVD License Application if you are interested in registering your congregation for a Public Performance License, then please send your completed application form to Alexandra Belaskie (


Step 2: Payment.  Please make your cheque payable to United Church of Canada with the memo: EDGE. This should be mailed to:

The United Church of Canada
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
ATTN: Alexandra Belaskie


All applications are to be received at the General Council office by Friday, March 23rd, 2018. If you are running late in submitting your application, please contact Alexandra at the email address above.

Upon payment of your licensing fee with the application as above, your licensing agreement will be in effect as of April 1, 2018. Usually in May you will receive reporting documentation directly from ACF and Criterion.  If you are a returning customer, you can simply continue to use your reporting forms as before.


Thank you!

Alexandra Belaskie
EDGE: A Network for Ministry Development / Réseau pour le développement des ministères

The United Church of Canada / L’Église Unie du Canada
Tel: 416-231-7680 ext 4157