Ontario is supporting 15 projectsthat will help drive innovation and increase partnerships among the entertainment and creative sector while ensuring our place as a leader in the creative economy. Through the Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund, Ontario is helping promote capacity building, marketing, innovation and skills development in the book and magazine publishing, film and television, music, interactive digital media and commercial theatre industries.
This support encourages new industry collaborations, leverages partnerships and will help strengthen these industries across the province. Supporting Ontario’s creative industries is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to strengthen the economy and create good jobs for families.
“The McGuinty government is committed to strengthening Ontario’s economy through job creation and positive partnerships,” said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “With our support, Ontario’s creative and entertainment sectors continue to innovate, collaborate and compete globally, ensuring the province’s place as a forerunner in new and evolving markets.”
“The Partnerships Fund encourages innovation and fosters new business partnerships that encourage growth across Ontario’s creative media industries and academic institutions,” added Karen Thorne-Stone, President & Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Media Development Corporation. “By supporting the cluster, we are helping to ensure that Ontario plays a leading role on the competitive world stage.”
- Ontario’s entertainment and creative cluster employs almost 300,000 people in highly skilled jobs that contribute $12.2 billion annually to the province’s GDP.
- Since 2003, creative-industry jobs have increased by 12 per cent — representing 23,000 new jobs.
- Since its inception in 2006, the Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund has supported 94 projects involving 576 partners with total budgets of $38.3 million.
- The Fund is administered by the Ontario Media Development Corporation on behalf of the government.