Interim Update to March 2018 Profile

September 2018

Ontario Creates Industry Profiles receive a full update once per year. The interim update summarizes key changes approximately six months after the profile’s release.

a Press Release, “Minister Joly Launches the new Creative Export Strategy for Creative Industries, Including a New Export Funding Program,” Department of Canadian Heritage, June 26, 2018.

b Tara Deschamps, "CRTC reverses decision to slash Canadian programming requirements,” The Globe and Mail, August 30, 2018.

c Documentary Organization of Canada, Roadmap to Creative Distribution, September 2018; Hot Docs, 2018 Documentary Audience Research, September 2018.

d Press Release, “Ottawa Film Office announces initial proposal to build Ottawa’s first soundstage campus,” Ottawa Film Office, August 27, 2018; Jordan Pinto, “Markham set for 400,000-sq-ft studio complex,” Playback Online, September 7, 2018; Jordan Pinto, “TriBro moving ahead with Pickering studios in spring 2019,” Playback Online, September 14, 2018; Press Release, “CBS Announces Plans for a Large-Scale Television and Film Production Facility near Toronto,” CBS Television Studios, September 26, 2018.

March 2018 Profile


Ontario is one of the largest film and television production centres in North America, with the economic contribution of film and television productions supported by the Province of Ontario valued at $1.6 billion in 2017.1 Ontario is home to world-class animation and visual effects studios and includes players across all parts of the audiovisual content production and delivery value chain.

The film and TV production industry in Ontario is mainly made up of small- to medium-sized companies producing a combination of their own proprietary productions and service productions with international partners. In 2016-17, Ontario generated 35% of national film and television production volume.2

Industry Size and Economic Impact

Employment and Wages

Production Volume and Budgets

Revenues and Related Figures

Consumer Market

Trends and Issues

Growth Rate and Industry Trends

Global and Domestic Issues

Government Support49

Industry Recognition

Profile current as of March 29, 2018



1 Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), 2017 Production Statistics, 2018. Data represents expenditures of all productions using OMDC-administered incentives and services. Data does not include television commercials, corporate videos, music videos, or broadcaster in-house production.

2 Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), Profile 2017: Economic Report on the Screen-based Media Production Industry in Canada, February 2018, p. 17.

3 CMPA, Profile 2017, pp. 23, 27.

4 OMDC, 2017 Production Statistics.

5 CMPA, Women & Leadership: A Study of Gender Parity and Diversity in Canada’s Screen Industries, January 2017.

6 OMDC, 2017 Production Statistics.

7 ibid.

8 ibid.

9 Foreign investment in production is the value of international financial participation in Canada’s film and TV production industry, including foreign presales and distribution advances, and the total value of foreign location and service production in Canada. The figure excludes revenue earned from distribution of completed Canadian films and TV programs to foreign broadcasters.

10 CMPA, Profile 2017, pp. 4, 26. Total volume of film and television production includes broadcaster in- house production.

11 Telefilm Canada, “Annual statistics on coproduction (2016)”.

12 ibid.

13 Film LA Inc., 2017 Pilot Production Report, July 2017, p. 5.

14 Statistics Canada, Table 361-0038 – Film, television and video production, summary statistics, every 2 years (dollars unless otherwise noted), CANSIM (database). (accessed March 29, 2018).

15 City of Toronto, Toronto’s On Screen Industry: 2016- The Year in Review, 2017.

16 PwC, Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2017-2021, June 2017, “Cinema”.

17 Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Communications Monitoring Report 2017, November 2017, pp. 135-136.

18 Press Release, “CRTC releases Communication Monitoring Report data on Canadians’ viewing and listening habits,” CRTC, November 8, 2017.

19 CRTC, Communications Monitoring Report 2017, p. 203.

20 PwC, “Traditional TV and Home Video”.

21 Solomon Israel, “Bell launches ‘Alt TV’ mobile streaming app in response to cord-cutting trend,” CBC News, May 15, 2017.

22 Statistics Canada, “Motion picture theatres, 2016,” November 27, 2017.

23 Telefilm Canada, Canadian Audience Report, November 2017, pp. 18, 26.

24 PwC, “Traditional TV and Home Video”.

25 CMPA, Exporting Canadian Feature Films in Global Markets: Trends, Opportunities and Future Directions, April 2017, pp. 21-28.

26 Cited in CMPA, Exporting Canadian Feature Films in Global Markets, p. 2.

27 CMPA, Exporting Canadian Television Globally: Trends, Opportunities and Future Directions, April 2017, p. 2.

28 CMPA, Exporting Canadian Television Globally, p. 3. The Canada Media Fund has released a series of country specific profiles designed to equip Canadian producers with the information needed to succeed in international markets. Additional resources for producers include reports by the Trade Commissioners’ Service.

29 The Convergence Research Group, The Battle for the North American (US/Canada) Couch Potato: Bundling, Television, Internet, Telephone, Wireless, April 2016, p. 13.

30 CNW, The MTM’s Most Recent Survey Results Find Over a Third Online Canadians are Using Ad Blockers, June 16, 2016.

31 C.f. Canadian Unions for Equality on Screens (CUES), What’s Wrong with this Picture? Directors and Gender Equality in the Canadian Screen-based Industry, September 2016; Women in View On Screen reports; CMPA, Women & Leadership.

32 Press Release, “CMF announces initiatives to increase the contribution of women,” CMF, March 8, 2017.

33 Kate Taylor, “National Film Board seeks female cinematographers, composers and writers,” The Globe and Mail, March 7, 2017.

34 Women In View, MediaPLUS+ Women and Diversity: The Big Picture, 2018.

35 Regan Reid, “Canadian industry commits to ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to harassment,” Playback, November 24, 2017; Jessica Wong, “#AfterMeToo Symposium calls for new policies against sexual misconduct,” CBC News, December 6, 2017; Press Release, “Canadian creative industries release new code of conduct,” ACTRA, March 8, 2018.

36 Regan Reid, “Joly, unions discuss harassment in creative sector,” Playback, January 18, 2018; Jordan Pinto, “OMDC addresses workplace safety, culture for funded projects,” Playback, March 9, 2018.

37 Department of Canadian Heritage, Creative Canada Policy Framework, September 2017.

38 Press Release, “Key audiovisual industry organizations collaborate to create an Indigenous Screen Office for Canada,” Telefilm Canada, June 12, 2017.

39 Press Release, “Telefilm Canada Invests 4.7 million in 11 new Indigenous productions,” Telefilm Canada, August 8, 2017.

40 Regan Reid, “Feds send CRTC GLR decisions back for reconsideration,” Playback, August 14, 2017; Privy Council Office, Order in Council 2017-1060, August 14, 2017.

41 Jordan Pinto, “Is Toronto’s studio crunch at a tipping point?” Playback, January 9, 2018.

42 Brooks Barnes and Tiffany Hsu, “What Disney Is Getting from Fox,” The New York Times, December 14, 2017; Brooks Barnes, “Disney makes $52.4 billion deal for 21st century fox in big bet on streaming,” The New York Times, December 14, 2017.

43 Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), Charting a Course for Impact Producing in Canada: Trends, Best Practices and Future Directions, 2016.

44 CMPA, Women & Leadership.

45 Cultural Industries Ontario North, An Assessment of Northern Ontario’s Film & Television Production Infrastructure, 2017.

46 Jordan Pinto, “Canada joins Eurimages”, Playback Online, March 16, 2017.

47 CAVCO, “2017 Public Notices and Bulletins.” Available at:

48 CRA, “Application Policy.” Available at:

49 The information included in this section is an overview of some of the government support to the film and television sectors. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of government support available.

50 Telefilm Canada, Play It Forward: Annual Report 2016-17, 2017, p. 9.

51 Press Release, “Telefilm Canada more than doubles its commitment to support emerging talent,” Telefilm Canada, November 27, 2017.

52 Press Release, “Ontario Supporting Northern Film and Television Industry,” Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, December 15, 2017.

53 CMF, 2016-2017 Annual Report, 2017.