The Motion Picture Association – Canada (MPA-Canada) serves as the voice and advocate of the major international producers and distributors of movies, home entertainment and television programming in Canada and is an affiliate of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA). The motion picture studios we serve are:
- Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
- Paramount Pictures Corporation
- Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
- Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
- Universal City Studios LLC
- Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
On behalf of these studios and their Canadian distribution affiliates, MPA-Canada supports initiatives to strengthen the film and television industry and foster an environment of respect for creative industries in Canada. A strong and vibrant film and television industry acts as an economic engine, with benefits to national and local economies across the country:
- The economic contribution of Canada’s film and television sector begins with production taking place across the country. The volume of the Foreign Location Service (FLS) production sector alone was valued at $2.64 billion in Canada in 2015/16, and supported the employment for 54,900 Canadians on a FTE basis. Significantly, three-quarters of all FLS projects in Canada originates from a U.S.-based producer.
- In 2015/16 the total volume of film and television production in Canada was $6.76 billion, with a total of approximately 140,600 FTE jobs supported, generating $8.5 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Investment and creative collaboration with U.S.-based producers is a critical component of the production sector in Canada. FLS productions include a growing list of big-budget films, including The Revenant, X-Men Apocalypse, and Suicide Squad, and popular television series like 12 Monkeys, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. FLS production provides direct benefits in the form of jobs for local performers, crews, and other dependent businesses, economic activity through spending, to production-related vendors and general suppliers, and direct and indirect tax revenues. The economic benefits go well beyond production alone, with numerous related industries benefiting through film and television distribution, theatrical exhibition, broadcasting, film festivals, and a growing number of sites and services available to watch your favorite TV show or movie online. The film and television industry is a creative and innovative community, fueled by the constant development of technologies embraced by producers (to offer high quality entertainment) and distributors (to provide more ways to deliver content to the consumer). The major producers of movies and television that we represent are focused on developing more ways for audiences to enjoy content on a variety of legitimate sites, services, and platforms. Entertainment studios are working with inventive technologies and a multitude of partners, retailers, cable providers, social networking sites, gaming systems, and websites devoted to online distribution to bring more choice to Canadians wanting to access movies and television programs online. Source: Profile 2016: Economic Report on the Screen-based Media production Industry in Canada.