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Ontario Investing $3.4 Million in North Bay Film and Television Industry

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Ontario Investing $3.4 Million in North Bay Film and Television Industry

Funding Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History

Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

Ontario is supporting the northern film and television industry by investing in local infrastructure and productions in North Bay. 

With an investment of more than $3.4 million through the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation(NOHFC), three productions will be filmed in and around the city:

  • Bridge Film Productions will receive $79,220 to support the production of "The Gordon Pinsent Documentary"
  • First Beacon Entertainment will receive $640,000 for the production of "Country Crush", a feature length film
  • Sienna Films will receive $1,750,000 toward the production of "The John Cardinal Mysteries," which will be filmed with a production crew of over 70 northern residents.

Also included in this investment is funding for Canadore College, which will receive $970,045 to build a post-production facility to service the region and support a new post-production diploma program.

This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- more than $130 billion over 10 years, which is making 110,000 jobs possible every year across Ontario, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals.

Ontario is building safe, reliable infrastructure to help create jobs and ensure a bright future for the province. Between April and September, the province announced support for more than 200 projects that will keep people and goods moving, strengthen the economy, connect communities and improve quality of life. These four projects build on that progress.

These much-needed investments are supported by a number of initiatives, including broadening the ownership of Hydro One - an approach that raises billions for infrastructure while ensuring consumers are protected. By unlocking the value of provincial assets, the government is supporting critical projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities all across Ontario.

Supporting cultural industries is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, the NOHFC has invested more than $1 billion in 6,870 projects in Northern Ontario, creating or sustaining more than 25,800 jobs.
  • The NOHFC has provided more than $83 million toward film and television production projects in Northern Ontario since 2003.
  • Ontario’s population is expected to grow by approximately 40% by 2041, placing additional importance on having modern infrastructure to support a growing population.
  • Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.
  • The NOHFC’s investments in the film and television industry are an important part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

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Michael Gravelle

“Film and television productions represent exciting new economic opportunities for communities in the North. It’s one example of how we are building up the North through the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. We’re driving a globally competitive economy, supporting people and communities and renewing and expanding modern infrastructure.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

“Today’s funding announcement from the NOHFC confirms North Bay as a centre for film and television production in Ontario’s North. This funding will create excellent training and job opportunities within our community.”

Al McDonald

Mayor, City of North Bay

“Canadore College is proud to be a part of the growing film and television industry in the North. Our new post-production facilities will not only provide quality education opportunities for our students, but also act as a great resource for the region. Without funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, our region would not see the benefits of sector growth and training professionals to meet industry demand would not be possible.”

George Burton

President and CEO of Canadore College

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