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April 22, 2013
2012 - a record year for Toronto's screen-based industry
A presentation to the City's Economic Development Committee today outlined the tremendous success experienced by Toronto's screen based industry (film, television, commercials and animation) in 2012.

"The level and variety of success experienced by Toronto's screen based industry in 2012 is phenomenal," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of Toronto's Economic Development Committee. "This growth shows that Toronto's film sector is consistently attracting business in multiple areas and from both Canadian and U.S. companies."

Some of the 2012 highlights include:
- Direct production expenditures of $1.2 billion; this matches the highest level achieved in the city since 2000.
- Direct production expenditures were 5.9 per cent above 2011 production spending and the second consecutive year spending has been over the billion dollar level. The last time the film production industry reached these levels was in 2002.
- Major productions topped $1 billion for the first time, increasing by nearly 6 per cent from 2011.
- Domestic production reached $500 million for the first time, increasing by 17 per cent from 2011.
- The largest film production ever to occur in Toronto, Pacific Rim, took place in 2012. This production was even larger than Total Recall, which started filming in 2011.
- Animation production increased significantly in 2012 up 12.5 per cent from 2011.

The Economic Development Committee has recommended that City Council at its May meeting, congratulate the city's screen-based industries for the excellence of their work and recognize all of those individual companies and organizations, including FilmOntario and the Ontario Media Development Corporation for their marketing and promotional efforts that contributed to the largest direct contribution to the Toronto economy in a decade.

More information about Toronto's 2012 film production statistics can be found at:

City Council has endorsed a new economic growth plan called Collaborating for Competitiveness - A Strategic Plan to Accelerate Economic Growth and Job Creation in Toronto. This plan sets targets for improving the quality of jobs in Toronto and commits to harmonizing the policies/activities of the City of Toronto and its agencies to help create a more attractive climate for business and investment.

More information about the plan and how the City helps business' in Toronto is available at

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