Arts and culture are essential, not only to performers, but to our economy and our society. The film, television and digital media industry in Ontario is big business.

Did you know?

  • Ontario is one of the leading jurisdictions for film and television production in the world, consistently hosting 300+ productions annually.
  • There is 3.7 million square feet (and counting!) of stage space in Ontario – an additional 2.6 million square feet is scheduled to be completed over the next few years in Toronto and surrounding areas (that’s an increase of 60%+ of what is currently available).
  • Film and television production is active throughout Ontario. Many productions are filmed in more than one jurisdiction in the province, creating jobs and economic impact for local suppliers, vendors and talent.
  • Toronto is a full-service production jurisdiction, with superb talent both in front of and behind the camera, including digital animation and special effects, and some of the industry’s best production and post-production facilities. Jobs created by film and TV production in the province include: technicians (ex. lighting, makeup, set designers, etc.) production managers and coordinators, location managers, craft services, accountants, performers and drivers.
  • The film, television and digital media industry generates millions of dollars of additional spending in Toronto, related to agency costs for talent and in-house broadcaster production (e.g., news and public affairs programming).
  • Ontario’s film industry is committed to environmentally sustainable action through the Ontario Green Screen (OGS) Initiative, a public/private partnership of 24 industry and government partners. OGS provides the tools, education and community necessary to make real sustainable change.

Ontario’s film and television production activity:

In 2021, Ontario’s film and television production industry contributed:

$2.88 million

in economic activity

48,000

jobs

400

productions

Despite the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ontario’s screen-based media production industry, film and television production increased in 2021 by 33% over pre-pandemic (2019) levels , contributing $2.88 billion to Ontario’s economy, while the number of jobs increased by 7.9% (+3,500) and the number of productions by 14.8% (+51) over 2019.

Canada’s Film and Television Sector:

Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), in collaboration with the Department of Canadian Heritage, Telefilm Canada, the Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM) and Nordicity, publishes its annual Profile report analyzing the economic activity of Canada’s screen-based production sector from the most recent production year (reporting period is: April 1-March 31).

Highlights from Profile 2021 – which captures the aftermath of what is arguably the single biggest disruptive element the sector has faced: the COVID-19 pandemic – are included below:

-5%

PRODUCTION VOLUME

$9.09 B

-11%

FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT JOBS

216,660

10%

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP)

$11.27 B

-<1%

FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN PRODUCTION

$6.05 B