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CMPA’s Profile 2022 reports on health of Canada’s film and TV production sector

Annual economic report shows growth in Canada’s media production sector fueled by a post-pandemic rebound in production activity

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OTTAWA, MAY 3, 2023 — A new report, released today by the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), provides a detailed look at the state of film and television production in Canada between April 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022.

Topline numbers from Profile 2022: Economic Report on the Screen-based Media Production Industry show that almost every segment of the media production industry contributed to the sector’s growth. Between April 2021 and March 2022, media production in Canada generated $11.69 billion in production volume and $13.73 billion in GDP, with 240,760 jobs across Canada.

In addition to a post-COVID-19 rebound in activity, Profile 2022 indicates that a number of factors contributed to the significant year-over-year increase in production volume. In the case of domestic production, volume was boosted by pandemic-related government initiatives, along with a larger number of productions being commissioned, as Canadian broadcasters caught up on Canadian programming expenditures (CPE) underspent during the pandemic. The increased production activity indicated in the report will be tested by ongoing inflationary pressures and the prospect of economic headwinds.

“These results are a reflection of the economic potential of Canada’s film and television production sector, and once again show the resilience of Canada’s independent producers,” said CMPA President and CEO Reynolds Mastin.

While Profile 2022 indicates that Canadian television production increased by 38.9%, the first year-over-year increase for the domestic industry since the 2018/19 period, the pandemic’s early days caused significant disruption to Canada’s production sector, stalling two years of steady growth and further widening the gap between foreign location and service (FLS) production and domestic production volumes.

“The ongoing impressive growth of Canada’s production industry is a testament to the extraordinary collaboration of Canadian independent producers, distributors, broadcasters, creators, funders and foreign streaming services, as well as to strong partnerships with every level of government across the country. At the same time, the gap between domestic and service production continues to widen. We look forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure a healthy and balanced production ecosystem for decades to come,” added Mastin.

Profile 2022 can be downloaded here. This latest edition of CMPA’s annual economic report is compiled by Nordicity, and developed in collaboration with the Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM), and with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage and Telefilm Canada.

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ABOUT THE CMPA
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. cmpa.ca

For more information:

Gamiela Fereg
Senior Manager, Media Relations & Communications, CMPA
gamiela.fereg@cmpa.ca