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June 30, 2009
Toronto Congratulates Ontario Government for Support of Screen-based Industry
The City of Toronto today welcomed a move by the Provincial Government that will further support the film, television and the creative cluster. This move stems the possible flow of work away from Toronto and thus will have an immediate impact on the sector and the livelihood of the more than 25,000 Torontonians working in the industry. Screen-based businesses on average inject more than $1 billion annually into the Toronto economy.

“In difficult times thinking about the future is particularly laudable,” said Mayor David Miller. “I know first hand that Hollywood likes to work in Toronto because we are a creative city and deliver on our promises. This action by the Government restores Toronto and Ontario’s competitive position. It will build prosperity and reinforces our entire creative cluster. ”

Peter Finestone, Film Commissioner commented, “It is positive for both our domestic and foreign business. The increases will secure our infrastructure - supplier network, available talent and crew base - which has made Toronto a global production, post production, visual and special effects as well as animation destination.”

The Toronto Film Board was created by Mayor David Miller in 2004, to advise the Toronto government as to best policies and practices that needed to be protected and implemented in order for Toronto to remain a globally competitive leader in screen-based content creation. The TFB is Co-Chaired by both an industry leader and a City Councillor designated by the Mayor and comprised of industry leaders, entrepreneurs, union and guild leaders.

Media contacts: Peter Finestone, Film Commissioner, 416-338-3456,
Michael Booth, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7118,



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