A new provincial partnership is creating a boost in local media jobs.
Ontario announced on Wednesday that it has partnered with Legend 3D, Inc to help grow the company’s major Canadian studio that creates visual effects for film, television and digital media productions.
The company is said to double its current workforce of 280 employees in Toronto, creating an additional 271 new positions.
“Ontario’s digital media sector is growing rapidly and leading edge companies like Legend 3D are at the forefront of the creative economy in the province,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, in a release. “This partnership and the jobs it will create will help maintain our position as the top jurisdiction for film and television production in the country.”
Legend 3D is a global leader in visual effects for movies, television and the virtual reality sector with notable clients such as Sony Pictures, Marvel Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Studios. According to the province, some of the company’s projects include blockbusters like Ghostbusters, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Doctor Strange, The Amazing Spider-Man and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
The partnership is made possible through the support from Ontario’s Jobs and Prosperity Fund and its $3.1 million investment. The province is also supporting an additional investment of more than $27 million from Legend 3D, for a total project value of approximately $31 million. This project is expected to be completed in 2021.
Legend 3D will be consolidating its operations into one centralized office in the GTA, and the province states that the funding will support hiring and training employees, as well as research and development and equipment and facility upgrades.