Ontario's film and television production hit $1.96 billion in 2018

Nov 14 2019, 9:10 am

The provincial government has returned from a successful four-day meeting in Los Angeles, where it met with film, television, and music industry leaders and executives to promote Ontario’s creative industries.

While in Los Angeles, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries, met with executives from screen industries, including Apple TV+, Universal, Netflix, Disney, NBC, and Freemantle Media, to profile Ontario as a destination of choice for the development and production of film, television, and music products.

“These meetings provided me with the opportunity to connect with industry leaders face to face and promote the interests of Ontario’s film, television, and music industries,” said MacLeod.

“We have what it takes to create world-class productions — the talent, crews, infrastructure and financial incentives. Ontario offers the world in one province, and I am proud to have showcased our pride of people and place — and delivered a clear message that Ontario is open for business and that our tax credits will remain stable.”

According to the province, film, television, and music play major contributors to Ontario’s economy.

The popular Star Trek: Discovery production spent more than $257 million dollars in Ontario and employed over 4,000 Ontarians in just the first two seasons of production, according to the Motion Picture Association of Canada.

Additionally, in 2018, film and television productions supported by Ontario spent $1.9 billion, and the province says tax credits are offered to support film and television production.

“These incentives play an important role in increasing economic activity and job creation in Ontario while also enhancing the province’s cultural profile,” said the Ford government in a statement.