The province is providing $2.3 million in funding to five film and TV productions shooting in Sudbury to support an industry that is creating jobs and spurring economic growth across the North, the government said in a statement.
Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement on Friday in Sudbury on the set of the critically acclaimed comedy series Letterkenny, as part of her week-long visit to more than a dozen communities across the North. Other productions receiving support from the province through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) include Game Changers, a documentary about game shows hosted and narrated by Sudbury-born Alex Trebek; two made-for-TV films, A Perfect Christmas and Love’s Complicated; and Amélie et compagnie, a French-language children’s TV series.
Wynne said: “Our government is committed to ensuring that the film and television production industry in Northern Ontario continues to thrive. With today’s investment, we are supporting an economic success story that is creating good jobs and growth across the North.”
Since 2003, the NOHFC has supported the growth of film and TV production in Northern Ontario by providing over $104.6 million to 164 projects. The province’s investment has helped leverage more than $500.8 million in funding from other partners. In 2015-16 alone, the NOHFC invested $27 million in 45 films and TV projects produced in the North, including Two Lovers and a Bear, Mean Dreams and Sleeping Giant — all of which screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC, said: “By investing in film and television productions, our government is diversifying the Northern economy and providing economic and job opportunities for regional communities and businesses. The investments demonstrate Ontario’s continued commitment to emerging economic sectors in the North such as film and television.”
Investments in the North’s film and TV industry are part of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. The plan is helping to create a globally competitive Northern economy, support communities, renew and expand modern infrastructure, and support a healthy environment.
The NOHFC has invested $31 million in 50 film and TV projects in the Sudbury area since 2013.
- Since 2013, the NOHFC has made total investments of more than $406 million across Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.2 billion in direct economic activity and helping to create or sustain almost 9,200 jobs.
- On average, every $1 million of film and TV production in Ontario generates 21 full-time direct and associated jobs.
- Ontario is the number-one film and TV production centre in Canada and the third-largest by volume in North America, behind California and New York. – CINEWS