Entertainment and Media

Canada has one of the world’s most innovative, cost-effective and talented creative industries ecosystems—and investors know it. From best-selling video games to Hollywood blockbusters, Canada’s portfolio is undeniably diverse. Recognized as a global leader in video game production, visual effects (VFX) and animation, Canada is an obvious choice for investors looking to grow their entertainment and media business. 

Contact us to learn more

Support for video games in Canada has been tremendous and the net result is that Canadian games are by far some of the best in the world.

Chris Charla, Director of Independent Developers for Xbox, Microsoft Corp
Stars and Explosions

Visual effects and animation in Canada

Canada’s digital media studios provide visual effects and animation for Hollywood blockbusters and Academy award-nominated films. Multimedia technologies that major studios rely on for films like Maya, Houdini and Harmony were developed here.

Video Game controller

Video games in Canada

Ever played a game of FIFA 19, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or Shadow of the Tomb Raider? These best-selling games were all developed in Canada, and they’re only a snapshot of what Canadian talent has to offer. In 2017, video game production contributed $4.5 billion to Canada’s GDP and supported over 48,000 jobs.

Film/TV Production Clapper

Film and television in Canada

Known as Hollywood North, Canada is home to many large studio films and television show productions. While Canadian cities often serve as doubles for European and American locations, our landscapes have been used as the backdrop of some of the world’s most acclaimed movies like Titanic and The Revenant. In 2018, film and television contributed $12.8 billion to Canada’s GDP and supported nearly 181,000 jobs.

Investing in entertainment and media in Canada

Talent

Canada’s high caliber digital media schools train a highly skilled workforce of animation, design, video-game development and VFX professionals. Sought after programs are offered at academic institutions across the country, including:

  • Vancouver Film School
  • Vancouver’s Centre for Digital Media
  • Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver)
  • Ontario College of Art and Design University (Toronto)
  • Sheridan College (Toronto)
  • School of Arts, Animation and Design (NAD) (Montreal)
  • Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD) (Halifax)

Incentives

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) delivers financial support to the Canadian TV and digital media industries.

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program provides income tax credits and deductions on eligible R&D expenditures. Examples include:

  • Algorithm design
  • System performance improvements
  • Inter-operability with 3rd party products
  • Rendering: frame rates improvements & physics simulations

You’re in good company

Recent Investment Announcements

Jul2019

NetEase

NetEase, one of China’s leading internet and online game services providers, has launched a new video game studio in Montréal, Québec. NetEase plans to hire local and international talent for this R&D-focused studio in North America.

Apr2019

Square Enix

Square Enix, an integrated entertainment group, announced the creation of 100 game development jobs at its Montréal studios. In addition to the opening of 100 new positions in 2019, Square Enix is renovating the Eidos-Montreal offices with sophisticated equipment including state-of-the-art technology such as high-performance motion capture and photogrammetry studios, a user research laboratory, and a mixing and voice recording studio. 

Feb2019

Netflix

Netflix announced the creation of a dedicated production hub in Toronto, choosing two studio spaces in Toronto that expand its production presence in Canada. At Cinespace Studios, Netflix will lease four sound stages, along with office space and support space totaling approximately 164,000 square feet. At Pinewood Toronto Studios, Netflix will lease four sound stages and adjacent office space comprising a total footprint of approximately 84,580 square feet.

Jan2019

Ubisoft

France-based video game developer Ubisoft Entertainment officially opened its latest studio in Winnipeg's Exchange District. The new studio already has 25 employees and Ubisoft has pledged to create a total of 100 new jobs and invest a total of $35 million in Manitoba over the next five years.

Nov2018

Pixomondo

Pixomondo, which produces and distributes visual effects for feature films and television and commercial productions, is opening a new studio in Montreal, Québec. This investment will enable the creation of 180 specialized jobs within the next three years.