Research & Policy

Highlights from Profile 2018

March 28, 2019

Profile 2018 is published by 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. Profile 2018 is the 22nd edition of the annual economic report prepared by CMPA and its project partners.  Read the complete report here.

TOTAL FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION IN CANADA

The film and television production industry in Canada consists of four key segments: The Canadian Television Production segment, Canadian Theatrical Feature Film Production, Foreign Location and Service Production (FLS), and Broadcaster In-house Production.

In 2017-2018, Total Film and Television Production in Canada:

  • Hit an all-time high in production volume of $8.9 billion (+6%)
  • Employed 179,000 FTEs (+4%)
  • Generated $12.8 billion in GDP for the Canadian economy (+6%)

FOREIGN LOCATION AND SERVICE (FLS) PRODUCTION IN CANADA

The foreign location and service (FLS) production segment is primarily comprised of films and television programs filmed in Canada mainly by foreign producers with the involvement of Canadian-based service producers. This includes the visual effects (VFX) work done by Canadian VFX studios for foreign films and television programs. For the majority of FLS projects, the copyright is held by non-Canadian producers; however, for approximately 5% to 10% of projects, the copyright is held by Canadians.

In recent years, Canada’s FLS production segment has contributed to numerous films that achieved successful global box office runs. Some recent Hollywood films that have either been shot in Canada or had their VFX work done in Canada include Overboard, Molly’s Game and X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Canada has also become a destination for the filming of many American television series and mini-series such as The Handmaid’s Tale, The Man in the High Castle, and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, which have been commissioned by US networks as well as online video streaming services.

  • The largest contributions to the economic impact of film and television production in Canada came from foreign location and services (FLS) production.
  • The total volume of FLS production in Canada increased by 26% to an all-time high of $4.77 billion.
  • The sector accounted for 95,700 FTEs jobs for Canadians, including 37,600 direct FTEs in film and television production and a further 58,100 production related FTEs.
  • The sector generated $5.12 billion in labour income and $6.88 billion in GDP for the Canadian economy.
  • The number of FLS productions increased by 18.5% – from 400 to 474.
  • 204 FLS television series were shot in Canada, up from 137. The total volume of FLS television series production increased by 65%, from $1.72 billion to $2.84 billion.
  • The five provinces hosting the largest volumes of FLS production in 2016/17 all experienced an increase in production volume in 2017/18.
  • The copyright for 77% of FLS projects was held by persons or companies based in the US, up from 71% in 2016/17.

BY PROVINCE

BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • The total production volume was $3.5 billion (40% of national share), creating 71,140 direct and production related FTEs.
  • FLS production in British Columbia increased by 31.5% to $3.04 billion representing 63.7% of the national total.

ONTARIO

  • The total production volume was $2.89 billion (32% of national share), creating 51,580 direct and production related FTEs.
  • FLS production in Ontario increased by 3.2% to $910 million, representing 19.1% of the national total.

QUEBEC

  • The total production volume was $1.8 billion (20% of national share), creating 44,910 direct and production related FTEs.
  • FLS production in Quebec increased by 64.9% to $666 million representing 14% of the national total.

ALBERTA

  • The total production volume was $255 million, creating 5,350 direct and production related FTEs.
  • FLS productions increased to $55 million, up from $54 million in 2016/17, representing 1.1% of the national total.

MANITOBA

  • The total production volume was $158 million, creating 2,350 direct and production related FTEs.
  • FLS productions increased to $89 million, up from $70 million in 2016/17, representing 1.9% of the national total.