On Thursday, March 5th, 2015, the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) released the 18th edition of the annual economic report prepared by CMPA and its project partners, the Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM), the Department of Canadian Heritage, and Nordicity Group Ltd.
A strong and vibrant film and television industry acts as an economic engine, with benefits to national and local economies across the country.Profile 2014: Economic Report on the Screen-based Media Production Industry in Canadaprovides a statistical overview of the three main screen-based production sectors in Canada including, Canadian production (television and theatrical), foreign location & service (FLS) production, and broadcaster in-house production, during the period April 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014.
From carpenters and costume designers to camera grips and set designers, film and television production in Canada supported 125,400 full-time equivalent jobs (FTEs) across the country in 2013/14 (including 39,100 FTEs in FLS production) and generated $7.48 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) for the Canadian economy. Major film and television productions continue to pump millions into local economies and provide work for hundreds of locals.
For the third year in a row, film and television production volume continued to see growth reaching $5.86 billion, increasing 2.1%.
The FLS sector also recorded it’s fastest growth rate, increasing 4.9% since 2012/13. FLS productions include a growing list of big-budget films, including Man of Steel, Total Recall, and Interstellar, and popular television series like Arrow, Once Upon a Time, Beauty and the Beast, Suits and Covert Affairs.
In 2013, Canadians increased their use of alternative digital platforms to access film and television content. On March 6th, 2015, MPA-Canada joined with CMPA to re-launch ‘Where to Watch in Canada’ as a co-branded initiative. To find high quality, legitimate film, television and digital content in Canada visit www.wheretowatchincanada.ca.
The entire Profile 2014 report can be viewed here.
<Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Tomorrowland was partly filmed in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada>