TORONTO — The Canadian film and television industry has come on leaps and bounds in the last decade, with numerous locations across Ontario featuring in blockbuster films and Netflix planning to open a Canadian headquarters in Toronto. But there’s still a long way to go, especially to recover from a pandemic.
It is for that reason that the government of Ontario has gone ahead with a one-time investment of $3 million to the Canadian Film Centre (CFC). The funding will be used to support film, television, and digital media training programs and COVID-19 adaptation plans, such as program innovation and the development of new initiatives.
“Ontario’s screen-based industries provide thousands of jobs for digital content creators, screen actors, composers and songwriters, and many others working behind the scenes,” said Minister MacLeod. “It is critical that we continue to support our creative professionals as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. That’s why our government is investing in the Canadian Film Centre, one of Ontario and Canada’s leading cultural organizations, so they can continue to advance our world-class talent, showcasing what our province has to offer on the global stage.”
The CFC is a nationally recognized cultural organization for the development and advancement of Canadian creative and entrepreneurial talent. CFC’s uniquely designed programs are intensive and guided by leading industry professionals, providing participants with opportunities to expand their skills, tools, portfolios, and creative and business networks across Canada and abroad. The Centre also showcases Canadian content and encourages productions to hire black, indigenous, and people of colour as crew members and creatives.
“Ontario is a steadfast supporter of the CFC and this contribution will have a significant impact on the next generation of creatives in our industry,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury and Chair, CFC Board of Directors. “The funds will be used to continue to innovate and build on our existing programs, as well as develop new initiatives to better equip Canadian talent for success in Canada and on the global stage.”