Record-breaking year for film and TV production brings 35,000 jobs to Ontario

Apr 10 2017, 6:07 pm

Hollywood North is booming.

Ontario’s film and TV industry had a record-breaking year in 2016.

According to a news release from the province, the film and TV industry contributed $1.7 billion to Ontario’s economy while also supporting more than 35,000 jobs.

It’s an increase of nearly 3,200 jobs over the previous year and the 2016 results represent the sixth consecutive year that film and TV productions contributed more than $1 billion to Ontario’s economy.

As previously reported, Toronto specifically had a big Hollywood Moment in 2016. Production highlights over the last year include:

  • Foreign major production investment in film and television grew to $794 million, a 49-per-cent increase from 2015.
  • Investment in animation and visual effects grew to $403 million, a 179-per-cent increase from the $144.5 million reported in 2015.
  • Television series, foreign and domestic, remains the dominant investment type in Toronto with an increase to $908 million in 2016.
  • Investment in commercials production continued to rise to record levels, growing to $380 million, a 10-per-cent increase from the $345 million reported in 2015.
  • The number of location filming shoot days has seen three record breaking years, with an increase to 7,280 shoot days in 2016.
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