Film and Television
Toronto's film and television sector ranks 3rd in North America, employing 25,000 people. The city is also the leading exporter of TV programming in Canada.
The city's Film and Television community continues to grow:
- In 2013, screen-based production companies invested $1.19 billion in on-location filming in Toronto, exceeding the $1 billion mark for the third consecutive year.
- Investment in major domestic productions reached $515 million, exceeding the $500 million level for the first time.
- Animation spending exceeded $100 million for the first time, increasing by $15 million.
- Production investment also increased significantly for commercials (more than $32 million) and music videos (more than $4.6 million).
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is the largest public film festival in the world in terms of admissions. The economic activity generated by TIFF is estimated to be $189 million as of 2013.
Toronto's Film & TV Advantages
- Toronto has a thriving live-theatre industry, with15,000 members in the Toronto branch of the performers' guild (ACTRA).
- The Directors Guild of Canada/Ontario, District Council, is comprised of hundreds of seasoned producers, directors, location managers and assistants.
- Toronto has award-winning animators, visual/special effects professionals and game designers.
- Ontario Book Publishing Tax Credit (OBPTC)
The OBPTC is a refundable tax credit eligible to Canadian corporations based in Ontario. Those eligible can receive up 30% back on expenditures for literary works created in Ontario.
- Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit (OCASE)
The OCASE is a refundable tax credit to Ontario-based Canadian and foreign-controlled corporations of 20% of qualifying Ontario labour expenditures for digital animation and digital visual effects created in Ontario for film and television productions.
- Ontario Film & Television Tax Credit (OFTTC)
The OFTTC is a refundable tax credit available to eligible Ontario- based Canadian corporations of 35% of qualified Ontario labour expenditures for eligible film and television productions.
- Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC)
The OIDMTC is a refundable tax credit to eligible Ontario-based Canadian and foreign-controlled corporations of 25% of eligible Ontario expenditures for interactive digital media products created in Ontario.
- Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC)
The OPSTC is a refundable tax credit to eligible Ontario-based Canadian and foreign-controlled corporations of 25% of qualified Ontario production expenditures for eligible film and television productions.
- Ontario Sound Recording Tax Credit (OSRTC)
The OSRTC is a refundable tax credit to eligible Ontario-based Canadian corporations of 20% of qualifying production and marketing expenditures for eligible sound recordings performed by an emerging Canadian artist or group.
- Intellectual Property Development Fund
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Employment in the Film and Television sector by industry.
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Film & Television