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April 12, 2017

April 11 FilmOntario Update

2016 Another Record-Breaking Year for Ontario Production 

Yesterday afternoon, at an event at William F. White, Minister McMahon announced that Ontario’s film and television industry contributed almost $1.7 billion to the provincial economy in 2016, the third year in a row production levels have broken the previous record, and the sixth consecutive year that production spending has surpassed $1 billion. This production activity supports over 35,000 jobs in Ontario.

Spending was up in almost all formats across the industry, and split almost equally between domestic and foreign productions. The greatest increase in spending was on television series, which saw an increase of 10.4% in foreign spend and 6.7% in domestic spend over the previous year. A complete breakdown of the spending can be found on the OMDC website.

Minister McMahon also noted the importance of tax credits to the province’s film and television industry, and confirmed that they are “here to stay”. This is great news for FilmOntario, as we have been working hard to get a statement of tax credit stability from the government (and will continue to do so).

CMF Announces 2017-18 Program Budget, Guidelines and Deadlines
The CMF has released its budget and guidelines for the 2017-18 funding year. The budget for the year will be $349.7 million, a decrease of 5.8 per cent from 2016-17, which reflects a stable commitment from the federal government but an expected decline in contributions from cable and satellite providers.

In addition, there are changes to both the Convergent and Experimental Streams, as well as new initiatives which focus on increasing gender balance in the industry and advancing production by indigenous Canadians.

Still Coming Soon: Member Survey
As you will recall from the AGM (and I have been promising all year), in 2017 we are planning to survey members on employment and other economic indicators, in order to support FilmOntario’s ongoing work in improving industry data that is being done in conjunction with the Minister’s Advisory Panel on Film and Television. Watch your inboxes for this important survey – and please fill it out when you get it! We can’t do this work without your help.

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