Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION)
Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION) conducts activities with goals of economic growth and increased sustainability for the film and television industry in Northern Ontario. CION is dedicated to fostering and promoting the film, television, and creative media industries in Northern Ontario, as well as providing educational programming to cultivate the advancement of Northern Ontario’s emerging talent. CION helps film and television producers find the resources and locations they need, help crew members find jobs, and helps screenwriters, directors, and other creative professionals get access to webinars and professional development options.
With a population of almost 800,000 people, millions of acres of forest, hundreds of freshwater lakes, four distinct seasons, and six established cities ready to host film productions, Northern Ontario is a thriving cultural destination, and home to an increasing population of film and television crew members, and numerous vendors that cover all areas of production. CION is here to make connections and help professionals in the creative industries both in and outside of the North. CION also provides free consultations, and access to our Media Arts Production: Practiced, Employed, Developed (MAPPED) funding program that provides up to $10,000 to train Northern Ontario crew members.
Through our outreach programs, we put the North’s best foot forward. We bring producers and studios from around the world to the North on Familiarization Tours to show them just how ready the North is to welcome new productions. Our staff attends major industry events to ensure the voice of the North is always heard. Since 2013, Northern Ontario has hosted over 200 film and television productions representing over $850 million in production budgets.
Recently, CION has sought to consistently identify and address how it can contribute to economic growth in the region to ensure a swift economic recovery for Northern Ontario’s film and television production industry following the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. CION has conducted a strategic review of its programs and services to ensure they are efficiently and effectively contributing to the recovery, development, and growth of the industry.
After a decade of substantial growth in Northern Ontario’s film and television production industry, stakeholders and investors are eager to introduce major infrastructure, including the upcoming introduction of Freshwater Production Studios (FPS) – a purpose-built, 120,000-sq.-ft. film and TV production studio that will be constructed on a 24-acre lot in Greater Sudbury.
Initially, the facility will feature three clear span soundstages (two at 20,000 sq. ft. and one at 18,000 sq. ft.) with 35-foot ceilings. There will be 23,000 sq. ft. of production and soundstage offices in addition to wardrobe, mill, paint, and other ancillary spaces. Visit freshwaterproductionstudios.com for more information.