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

Toronto’s Screen-Based Industry

  • Toronto is one of the largest screen-based production centre in North America.
  • 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. Toronto’s film and television industry directly employed more than 28,000 people, in 2019. It is
  • 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 and Television Production Activity:

In 2019, film and television production in Ontario increased 14.5% over 2018, contributing $2.16 billion to Ontario’s economy; the number of jobs increased by 20%, 7,508 over the previous year.

Canada’s Film and Television Sector:

In April of 2020, the 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, published Profile 2019 – Economic Report on the screen-based media production industry in Canada 2019 – an analysis of economic activity in Canada’s screen-based production sector during the period April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.

The illustration below, found on page 6 of the report, provides a snapshot of the economics of the film and television industry in Canada.

Read our “Film, Television & Digital Media Industry” factsheet for more information (pdf)