Northern Film Industry Gets Boost
McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northern Prosperity
SUDBURY - The Ontario government is helping the North's burgeoning film industry grow and prosper by investing in the creation of a development strategy for Northern Ontario, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"Such a strategy will help realize the great potential that exists for growing this emerging sector of the Northern Ontario economy," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "Our beautiful communities and landscapes, along with our wealth of talented technical professionals and performers have, for too long, been overlooked and underused by the industry."
The NOHFC will contribute $150,000 towards a strategy to encourage production companies to consider Northern Ontario as a potential location for their film and television projects. Sudbury-based Music and Film in Motion - a not-for-profit organization founded in 1999 to foster and promote Northern Ontario's music and film industry - will spearhead the project. The strategy will outline marketing initiatives to attract new production companies to Northern Ontario. In addition, inventories of northern music and film industry professionals, shooting locations and available support services will be developed.
"Our government firmly believes in supporting the growth of the North's traditional and emerging economic sectors," said Bartolucci. "This project is an integral step in the process of moving Northern Ontario into the limelight of the Canadian film industry."
This initiative is just one way the McGuinty government is supporting northern prosperity. Others include:
- NOHFC contributions of more than $4-million to Northern television and film projects such as the Sudbury-produced, animated CBC series Chilly Beach, and the CTV movie Shania.
- an Ontario Film and Television Tax credit to productions filmed in Ontario.
These projects are a part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. The Northern Prosperity Plan has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.