Canada earmarks $1.2MN for TV and film production in BC

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 26 January 2015

The Canadian Government has announced $1.2 million in funding to build the capacity of British Columbia's creative industries, including film, television, digital media, music, book and magazine publishing.

BC generated approximately $1.4 billion in production spending in 2013/2014 and the newly created Creative BC is tasked with a number of goals: increase the penetration of BC's creative industries into domestic and international markets; improve awareness of BC's investment opportunities and production capabilities; and increase the global significance and relevance of industry-related trade events.

Canada estimates that global spending on the entertainment and media markets will reach $1.9 trillion.

"Our creative industries are an important economic driver and employer," said Cathy McLeod, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Labour and for Western Economic Diversification. "With our government's support, Creative BC will have the ability to market BC's strengths in this sector by improving export development and investment attraction with the goal of promoting jobs and growth."

"BC has a diverse and dynamic creative sector which is well-positioned to succeed on the global stage," said Richard Brownsey, president and CEO at Creative BC. "Creative BC is grateful to the Federal Government for this funding as it will play an essential role in advancing the creative sector internationally and in developing BC's reputation as a global centre of excellence for creative content production."