Ontario's film and television production hits record breaking $2.16 billion in 2019

Feb 28 2020, 12:13 pm

Ontario’s film and television industry had a record-breaking year in 2019.

Around 343 productions brought in $2.16 billion in production spending for the economy, supporting 44,540 jobs.

These numbers represent an increase in production by almost 15% from 2018, and more than 7,500 new jobs for Ontarians, the province said.

“Ontario is open for business, open for jobs, and open to the film and television industry,” Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage said in a statement. “These results show that we’re building a business-friendly climate where production companies and production service companies can grow.”

Ontario is becoming a leader in domestic film and television production which can be seen with popular shows like, Cardinal and Letterkenny produced in Northern Ontario; Hilda in Ottawa; and Workin’ MomsKim’s Convenience and Star Trek: Discovery in the Greater Toronto Area. The Umbrella Academy, Schitt’s Creek and many others are filmed across Central and Southwestern Ontario.

Toronto was also home to the filming of The Handmaid’s Tale over the past three seasons.

Ontario importantly also offers tax credits to support film and television productions. These incentives increase economic activity and job creation in Ontario, while also making the province a go-to destination for the arts.

“The government’s commitment to growing Ontario’s film and television industry means big business for Ontario and a globally competitive production scene,” Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Creates said.

“Our suite of financial incentives, over 10,000 locations, world-class crews, diverse talent, award-winning post-production facilities, and expanding studio space are a huge draw for producers from Canada, the US and around the world.”

In February 2020, the government announced a Ministers’ Film and Television Advisory Panel which will provide evidence and advice to the government on industry trends, challenges and opportunities to grow high‐value film and television production in Ontario and maximize benefits for the province.