Movies and TV shows are known for telling big stories that make a big impact, but the film and television industry isn’t just Hollywood. The film and television industry is a nationwide economic engine that is bringing new jobs and economic opportunities – and compelling entertainment content – to communities around the world.
The strong and vibrant foreign and domestic production industry in Canada, composed of tens of thousands of creators and makers, serves as an economic engine, with benefits to national and local economies across Canada. In 2016 – 17, the total volume of film and television production was $8.38 billion, which accounted for 171,700 jobs. Further, film and television production generated a GDP of $12 billion for the Canadian economy in 2016 – 17.
Total volume of Foreign Location Service (FLS) production in Canada in 2016-17 was $3.76 billion and was responsible for 77,000 FTEs, with three-quarters of all FLS projects in Canada originating from US producers. From costume designers to make-up artists, stuntmen to set builders, writers to actors, accountants to dry cleaners, special effects technicians to cinema ticket takers, and many more, the film and television production and distribution sector, like other creative sectors of the economy, creates a ripple effect on jobs and innovation in other industries.
To learn more about the economic contribution of film and television production in Canada: Profile 2017: Economic Report on the Screen-Based Media Production Industry in Canada
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Production Across Canada
Warner Bros. Television’s Riverdale is a hit for British Columbia’s economy, spending over $60 million and creating over 1,000 jobs in two seasons of production – MNP Economic Report – Infographic here
Universal Cable Productions’ Eyewitness created an economic wave in Northern Ontario, production spending reached close to $30 million and created over 400 jobs in one season – MNP Economic Report – Infographic here
Warner Bros. Suicide Squad spent over $80 million, boosting Ontario’s economy
Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Bad Robot’s Star Trek Beyond spent over $69 million in British Columbia and created 3,925 jobs
Premier Wynne, Mayor Tory, The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios announce production of two TV series set to film in Toronto
Production of Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse spent over $105 million in Québec
Production of ABC’s Once Upon a Time generates over 5,500 jobs, results in spending of over $275 Million, and creates a boost in local tourism in British Columbia – MNP Economic Report – Infographic here
“The Economic Contribution of the Film and Television Sector in Canada” was commissioned by the Motion Picture Association – Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Media Production Association, and conducted by Nordicity. Building on research released in Profile 2012: An Economic Report on the Screen-based Production Industry in Canada, this comprehensive study captures the impact of the entire industry value chain on the country’s economy, including the direct, indirect and induced impacts of film and television production and distribution, manufacturing, and distribution of content to consumers (e.g. exhibition, retail sales and rentals, television broadcasting, et cetera). The report also investigates spillover economic effects, such as film festivals, tourism and more.
The entire film and television value chain in Canada supported 262,700 full time equivalent jobs (FTEs), generating $20.4 Billion in gross domestic production (GDP) across the Canadian economy and returning $5.5 Billion in tax revenue, $2.8 Billion in federal taxes and $2.7 Billion in provincial and local taxes.
To learn more about the economic contribution of the film and television sector in Canada, click here.