Ontario will spend nearly $1.3 million through Ontario Creates grants, providing 99 organizations with funding to help bring Canadian film, TV and digital content to audiences around the world.
The announcement was made today by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.
Ontario Creates is an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries that provides industry support through several investment programs, including:
- 67 grant recipients were approved through the Film and TV Export Fund, supporting export development activities such as market event attendance and targeted sales trips that will encourage company growth and success.
- 20 recipients through the Industry Development Program, supporting activities that help businesses in the book, magazine, film, television, and interactive digital media sectors expand skills, business capacity, market share, sales, and innovation.
- 12 recipients through the Interactive Digital Media Fund's Marketing Support and Global Market Development streams, helping to strengthen and stimulate economic growth in the interactive digital media sector by supporting opportunities for producers of interactive content to create new products, access existing and new markets and grow their business.
"When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Ontario's heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries were among the first and hardest hit. They will take the longest to recover, but will play an important role in our economic and social recovery," said Minister MacLeod. "The success of Canada's own Schitt's Creek at the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards is proof of the importance and status of Ontario's film and TV sector."