Press release

Apr 02, 2020

CMPA’s Profile 2019 highlights economic capacity of Canadian media production industry before COVID-19

OTTAWA, April 2, 2020 – A report released today by the CMPA underscores the significant economic contribution made by the media production sector in Canada, prior to the impact of COVID-19. Numbers outlined in Profile 2019: An Economic Report on the Screen-Based Media Production Industry in Canada show the sector continued to grow in 2018/19.

Topline stats reveal production volume in Canada for that year reached an all-time high of $9.3 billion, and that the sector created 180,900 full-time equivalent jobs, while contributing $12.8 billion to the national GDP. The annual report, compiled by Nordicity, is developed in collaboration with the Department of Canadian Heritage, Telefilm Canada and the Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM).

A summary of the report’s findings is available here:

“As Canada’s production industry faces unprecedented upheaval caused by COVID-19, these numbers are a great reminder of the robust sector that we have built in this country,” said CMPA President and CEO Reynolds Mastin. “It also serves as a strong motivator for those across the industry to pull together so we can hit the ground running once this storm passes.”

Data from Profile 2019 shows total Canadian content production volume hit $3.22 billion, broadcaster in-house production sat at $1.23 billion, and foreign location and service production continuing to represent the largest segment in the sector at $4.86 billion.

The full Profile 2019 report can be downloaded here.


Profile 2019 is produced by the Canadian Media Producers Association in collaboration with the Department of Canadian Heritage, Telefilm Canada, the Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM) and Nordicity. It provides an analysis of economic activity in Canada’s screen-based production sector using data from the most recent fiscal period from which data is available. It also provides a comprehensive review of the historical trends in production activity between the fiscal years of 2009/10 and 2018/19.

The Canadian Media Producers Association is the national advocacy organization for independent producers, representing hundreds of companies engaged in the development, production and distribution of English-language content made for television, cinema and digital media channels. We work to promote the continued success of the Canadian production sector and to ensure a bright future for the diverse content made by our members for both domestic and international audiences.

For more information:

Kyle O’Byrne
Manager, Media Relations & Communications, CMPA