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Creative Industries

Toronto is a major centre for the creative industries – design, fashion, film, new media, and television and stage production – and has expanded rapidly in recent years. The creative sector generates $9 billion of Toronto’s GDP annually and employs 130,000 people, representing close to 6% of the total Toronto region’s workforce. $1.19 billion was spent on film and television productions shot in Toronto in 2013; including $948.1 million on major productions and $131 million on commercials. Television series production has grown by 17% on average from 2008-2013.

Toronto is also a major exporter of goods and services that support the creative industries sector. With one of the most multicultural populations in the world, Toronto develops design, art, news media and other creative products and services locally with mass global appeal.

Toronto's multiculturalism also makes the city an ideal incubator and test market for the global demand of products.

Creative Industries - Initiatives and Major Organizations


Artscape has developed a reputation as Canada's leading practitioner in multi-tenant space development for the arts and culture sector, successfully transforming a portfolio of underutilized buildings across Toronto into dynamic community assets. Artscape projects are designed to build and leverage the local community's cultural assets and creative resources while serving as catalysts for neighborhood growth and transformation.

The Design Exchange

The Design Exchange (DX) is the only Canadian institution devoted to promoting the value of design across all disciplines. The DX hosts numerous competitions, education programs and exhibitions, and holds a collection of the best Canadian materials designed since 1945.

North by Northeast Music Festival and Conference (NXNE)

The North by Northeast Music Festival and Conference (NXNE) is the premier music festival destination in Canada. The festival is the choice destination for new and emerging talent-unsigned bands, indie favourites, and major-label headlining artists alike. Seen as the most anticipated summer music event in Canada, NXNE has cemented itself as an essential showcase opportunity for the best in new music.

2020 Media Futures

2020 Media Futures is a multi-industry strategic foresight project designed to understand and envision what media may look like by 2020.

DOCShift: Real Stories to Multiple Platforms

DocShift creates business opportunities for Ontario filmmakers and new media producers by facilitating the merger of skill sets and innovative interactive documentary genres.

Break down of employment in the Creative Industries by its sub-sectors.
Creative City Planning Framework
As a part of the Agenda for Prosperity, a creative city planning strategy has been developed to build on and enhance the creative capital of Toronto.
Year: 2008
Categories: Creative Industries
Ontario’s Entertainment & Creative Cluster: A Framework for Growth

This document lays out a vision for the continued growth and leadership of Ontario’s cultural and other creative industries including: film, television, publishing, music, commercial theatre and interactive digital media industries.


Year: 2010
Categories: Business Toronto, Creative Industries, Information and Communications Technology
STATE of DESIGN: The Canadian Report 2010
Industry Canada has partnered with the Design Exchange (DX) and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) to review the valuable service business function of PD&D. By collecting insights from the industry and international research organizations, and using economic modelling conducted by Industry Canada, this industry–government collaboration has produced a complete user/service provider profile of PD&D in Canada, summarized here in this report. This unique analysis is intended to help Canadian PD&D executives as well as decision makers understand current market trends and recognize the advantages of investing in PD&D to improve business competitiveness.
Year: 2010
Categories: Business Toronto, Creative Industries
The Place of Design: Exploring Ontario’s Design Economy
Comprehensive review of international best practices in the development and promotion of the design economy, with an overview and analysis of Ontario’s design workforce.
Year: 2009
Categories: Creative Industries
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