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Ontario Records Best Year Ever in Film and TV Production

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Ontario Records Best Year Ever in Film and TV Production

2015 Production Activity Gives Ontario’s Economy $1.5 Billion Boost

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario's film and TV industry celebrated its best year ever in 2015, contributing $1.5 billion to the province's economy and supporting almost 32,500 full-time direct and associated jobs.

Today, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Coteau was at Cinespace Film Studios to celebrate Ontario's blockbuster year.

The record-breaking 2015 film and TV production statistics reinforce Ontario's reputation as a world-class production centre, with:

  • An increase of almost 4,500 full-time direct and associated jobs over the previous year
  • The fifth consecutive year that film and TV productions supported by the province contributed more than one billion dollars to Ontario's economy
  • Domestic production numbers accounting for half of the total spending on film and TV
  • An increase in foreign spending, led by a strong TV sector, of 52 per cent over the previous year, contributing $763 million to the province's economy compared to about $503 million in 2014
  • Work on award-winning TV productions including Murdoch Mysteries, and Academy Award® winning films Room and Spotlight occurring in Ontario.

Supporting a vibrant film and TV industry is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement. 

Quick Facts

  • Every $1 million of film and TV production in Ontario generates 21 full-time direct and associated jobs.
  • Since 2003, the Ontario government has invested approximately $119 million in program support to the screen-based industries.
  • Ontario is the number one film and TV production centre in Canada and the third largest by volume in North America, behind California and New York.

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Michael Coteau

“The 2015 numbers confirm that Ontario continues to be the number one choice in Canada for film and TV production, reinforcing our reputation as a world class hub for the screen-based industries. I am proud of our government’s continued support for this important sector that is key to our economic and cultural vitality — and creates good jobs for Ontarians.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“We are delighted by the continued outstanding performance of the film and television industry. Ontario’s ‘total package’ of government support, competitive financial incentives, world-class infrastructure, superb talent, and diverse locations attracts high-end foreign production and ensures a strong and stable domestic industry that is respected around the world.”

Karen Thorne-Stone

President and CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation

“These 2015 levels demonstrate that producers view Ontario as a global centre of excellence for film and TV production that is stable and predictable, with many value-added factors that result in the highest-quality on-screen product. We congratulate the Minister and the Province of Ontario for recognizing our industry as a high-impact economic engine and job creator, above all else.”

D. Jim Mirkopoulos

Vice President, Cinespace Film Studios

Media Contacts

  • Jeff Costen

    Minister’s Office

    Jeff.Costen@ontario.ca

    (416) 314-4266

  • George McNeillie

    OMDC

    GMcNeillie@omdc.on.ca

    416-642-6619

  • Denelle Balfour

    Communications Branch

    Denelle.Balfour@ontario.ca

    (416) 326-1724

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