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Ontario’s Film &Television Production Remains Strong

Industry contributed $964.3 million to Ontario’s economy in 2010

Ontario’s film and television industry contributed $964.3 million to the provincial economy in 2010– an increase of almost $18 million over 2009 -- despite fierce competition from other jurisdictions, a sluggish U.S. economy and a high Canadian dollar. The $964 million in production activity accounted for more than 23,000 full-time direct and spin-off jobs.

The film and television industry held and gained ground over 2009, a year which experienced dramatic growth over 2008 and marked a return to production levels not seen in Ontario since 2002.

Increased spending was seen in foreign television series, reflecting the continuing influence of the Ontario Government’s 2009 enhancements to the Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC), which was expanded from 25% of eligible labour to include all eligible Ontario production costs.

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) programs also support the book and magazine publishing, music and interactive digital media industries. The entire entertainment and creative cluster supports almost 300,000 jobs and contributes $12.2 billion annually to the province’s GDP.


“By supporting our cultural industries, we are helping drive innovation in Ontario’s knowledge-based economy and increasing our competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Ontario’s film and television industry not only contributes to the province’s economy today, it is helping to ensure the jobs of the future.
    — The Hon. Michael S. Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture

“Given the economic and industry challenges in 2010, as well as the rising Canadian dollar, holding our own in production activities is a significant accomplishment. Ontario has consistently demonstrated that it has the right mix of government support, financial incentives, world-class infrastructure, superb talent and skills and diverse locations to attract outstanding foreign and domestic productions.”
    — Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation


  • Ontario’s 2010 film & TV production activity contributed $964.3 million to the economy -- an increase of almost $18 million over 2009
  • Foreign television series spending spiked in 2010 contributing $118.9 million in 2010 compared to $58 million in 2009 -- a 105.1% increase
  • Foreign feature film productions jumped to 20 from 9 in 2009
  • Domestic television movies of the week grew 33.2% to $115.6 million from $86.8 million in 2009
  • Total foreign production spending increased by $46 million or 16.9%.
  • Total domestic production spending contributed $646 million.
  • The $964 million in production activity accounted for more than 23,000 full-time direct and spin-off jobs.
  • Every million dollars of film and TV production in Ontario generates 24 full-time direct and spin-off jobs.
  • Ontario’s entire creative cluster includes: book and magazine publishing; sound recording; film and television; interactive digital media; performing arts; radio; advertising; architecture and design


2008-10 Ontario Film and Television Production activity chart broken down by format with foreign and domestic levels.

1990-2010 20-year graph showing Ontario production levels comparing foreign and domestic activity.

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture that facilitates economic development opportunities for Ontario’s cultural media industries including: book and magazine publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, and sound recording industries.


Ontario is a global hub for content creation and distribution. From digital innovation to literature, Ontario’s cultural sectors contribute billions of dollars to the economy, employ hundreds of thousands of people and power some of the world’s most innovative content.

For investors and creators, businesses and consumers, OMDC’s investment funds and programs help bring a wealth of opportunity to Ontario. Be part of it and visit OMDC.on.ca to learn more.

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George McNeillie, OMDC, (416) 642-6619
Cellular: 647-286-3979
Email : gmcneillie@omdc.on.ca

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