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Ontario's Film and TV Investments Supported More than 35,000 Jobs in 2016

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Ontario's Film and TV Investments Supported More than 35,000 Jobs in 2016

Another Record-Breaking Year for Production in Ontario

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario's film and TV industry supported more than 35,000 jobs in 2016 and contributed $1.7 billion to Ontario's economy, fueled in part by significant provincial investments and the province's highly skilled workforce.

Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Eleanor McMahon was at the William F. White Centre, a state-of-the-art professional production equipment facility in Toronto, to announce the 2016 results.

Ontario's investments and competitive financial incentives continue to help grow a vibrant film and TV sector that features world class creative talent, infrastructure and innovative technology making the province a leading production centre.  Highlights of the 2016 film and TV production year include: 

  •  An increase of nearly 3,200 jobs over the previous year
  • The sixth consecutive year that film and TV productions supported by the province contributed more than $1 billion to Ontario's economy
  • Steady overall growth across the film and television industry, in both domestic and foreign productions
  • The production of award-winning shows including Murdoch Mysteries, Orphan Black and Letterkenny occurring in Ontario

Supporting a vibrant film and TV industry is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. 

Quick Facts

  • Every $1 million of film and TV production in Ontario generates 21 jobs.
  • There are currently 26 productions in pre-production or underway in Ontario.
  • Ontario continues to be Canada’s leading jurisdiction for film and television production.
  • As part of Ontario’s first Culture Strategy, the government established a film and TV advisory panel to provide advice on keeping Ontario a top production jurisdiction.
  • In honour of Ontario’s 150th anniversary, the government is supporting film-related programs, including REEL Canada’s National Canadian Film Day 150 and TIFF’s Canada On Screen.

Additional Resources

Quotes

Eleanor McMahon

“2016 is the third consecutive record-breaking year in Ontario for film and TV production. Our government has worked hard to create the right conditions to help our film and TV industry succeed. We continue to experience year-over-year growth in this vital sector that contributes significantly to the province’s economic growth and supports thousands of jobs.”

Eleanor McMahon

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Steady growth in both domestic and foreign production is the best possible scenario for Ontario, and that’s what we saw in 2016. Ontario's screen-based industries enjoy local success as well as national and international reach, thanks to a healthy combination of government investment, competitive financial incentives, world-class crews, outstanding talent, diverse locations, and infrastructure that evolves with the industry.”

Karen Thorne-Stone

President and CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation

“2016 was a record year, not only for the Ontario industry, but also for William F. White Int’l. Several projects in which we participated won Academy Awards, and numerous projects were recognized with Canadian Screen Awards. This is a highly competitive global market and our industry depends on a collaborative partner in the public realm which we have with the Government of Ontario. Our sector benefits from intelligent and enthusiastic partners who see the immense economic value of this sector. They recognize opportunities for growth, and are providing the underlying necessary stability to take our sector to the next level.”

Paul Bronfman

Chairman and CEO, William F. White International

“Ontario remains home to standout talent, crews, and production facilities in a cost competitive environment, which is why Universal Cable Productions is drawn to producing a growing number of television projects across the province. We are grateful for the Government of Ontario's continued leadership and its support for our locally filmed series including seven seasons of our hit, Suits.”

Mark Binke

EVP physical production, Universal Cable Productions

Media Contacts

  • Jeff Costen

    Minister’s Office

    Jeff.Costen@ontario.ca

    (416) 314-4266

  • Denelle Balfour

    Communications Branch

    Denelle.Balfour@ontario.ca

    (416) 326-1724

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