The provincial government of Ontario has announced the launch of new and improved Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) funding program ~ Notably, the Cultural Supports Program
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) was established in 1988 with a mandate to promote and stimulate economic development initiatives in Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects that stabilize, diversify and foster economic growth in the region.
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund promotes and showcases Northern Ontario’s culture, geography, and talent through the production of films and television series and by supporting events such as conferences and festivals that elevate the profile of communities.
There are several funding streams inside the ‘big tent’ that is, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.
Innovation Stream, (supports the research, development and commercialization of new and innovative technologies in Northern Ontario), Investment Stream (designed to assist with the launch of a new businesses in Northern Ontario) Investment Grow Stream (designed to assist with the growth and expansion of existing business in Northern Ontario), Regional Tile Drainage Initiative (designed to support the agriculture sector in installing tile drainage to increase the amount and improve the quality of arable land in Northern Ontario resulting in more productive growing seasons and increased crop yields for producers).
The Film and Television Stream is designed to increase film and television industry jobs and investment and to increase quality, original film and television productions produced in Northern Ontario, while showcasing its culture, geography, stories, and talent. Funding through the Film and Television Stream falls under the Cultural Supports Programme
The Film and Television Stream is open to production companies who are passionate about growing and supporting the industry in Northern Ontario.
NOHFC funding is based on the film or television project’s total level of spending in Northern Ontario. NOHFC provides assistance in the form of a conditional contribution of up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum capped on a tiered basis according to the total northern spend:
- Productions with a total budget of up to $5 million can potentially receive up to $500,000 of support.
- Productions with a total budget between $5 million – $10 million can potentially receive up to $1 million of support.
- Productions with a total budget of $10 million and above can potentially receive up to $2 million of support.
The NOHFC holds four application intake rounds during the year for the Film and Television Stream. Round 1 is open now – Application intake period: February 1 – April 30.
The production company must be a Canadian corporation which is Canadian controlled
The production company must own all, or a majority of the rights necessary to exploit and produce the production. Applicants must receive a producer credit on the project.
Visit the website for NOHFC here for more information.
Visit the INVEST North Programme here