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.
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.