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Strongest Year Ever for Ontario’s Film and Television Industry

2012 Production Results Supports Economic Growth, 29,000 Jobs

Film and television production results for 2012 are reinforcing Ontario's position as a world-class production centre.

Film and television activity contributed $1.28 billion to the provincial economy in 2012 and accounted for almost 29,000 full-time direct and indirect jobs. Since 2008, economic activity has increased by 90 per cent and the 2012 financial results are the strongest ever.

2012 results highlights include:

  • Domestic film and television production accounts for $871.9 million - representing 68 per cent of total activity
  • Television series produced the strongest results with domestic productions representing $698.2 million, up from $626.7 million in 2011 - an increase of 11.4 per cent
  • Foreign television production represents $270.6 million, up from $150.2 million in 2011 - an increase of 80 per cent. 

The new Ontario government, through the Ontario Media Development Corporation, is helping to stimulate growth and innovation in the creative industries. This is a key part of The Way Forward in building a strong economy and a fair society.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's tax credits to support the film and television industry are valued at over $200 million annually.
  • Ontario’s entertainment and creative cluster supports almost 300,000 jobs and contributes $12.2 billion annually to the provincial economy.
  • In addition to film and television, the cluster includes book and magazine publishing, sound recording, and interactive digital media.

"The 2012 results prove that once again Ontario is the place to be for film and television production and reinforces a reputation that continues to grow. The new Ontario government is committed to supporting the industry to ensure that Ontario remains competitive in international markets and excels as a global capital for film and television."
    -- Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

"Ontario offers a winning combination of government support, stable and competitive financial incentives, world class infrastructure, superb talent and skills, and diverse locations which together have allowed us to attract and retain a strong slate of production activity again in 2012. This commitment has ensured the growth and stability of our production sector over the long term. While foreign film and television production continues to be an important part of our strategy, we are especially pleased by the strong performance of our domestic companies which anchor the industry in Ontario."
    -- Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation

"Producing Beauty and the Beast in Ontario was an easy decision to make as Ontario is a hub of high-end production that delivers hundreds of hours of television programming to the US and international markets on an annual basis. Not only do we have award-winning technical and creative crews, but we have film-friendly locations and first-class studios and post-production facilities. In addition to the talent pool and infrastructure, Ontario offers competitive and dependable production tax credits. The combination of these elements makes Ontario an attractive choice for domestic and global production."
    -- Frank Siracusa, Executive Producer/President, Whizbang Films Inc. and John Weber, Executive Producer/President, Take 5 Productions Inc.

Media Contacts

Denelle Balfour
Communications Branch

Rob Foote
Minister's Office

George McNeillie
OMDC Communications


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