Ontario Strengthening Entertainment Industry in the North

Abdur Rahman Khan

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing $6 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to support the film industry in Northern Ontario. This investment will help create jobs, attract talent and boost economic growth.

“Our government is proud to support the film and television industry in Northeastern Ontario, which continues to create good jobs and develop skilled local talent,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “Today’s funding is helping solidify the North’s reputation as a first-rate production centre in North America and the world.”

The following projects are receiving NOHFC funding:

  • $2,000,000 for Essex Season 1 (FGM) Inc. to produce the five-part miniseries Essex County
  • $2,000,000 for Sinking Ship Productions Inc. to produce the family television series Beyond Black Beauty
  • $500,000 for Bloody Hell Productions Inc. to produce the feature film Bloody Hell
  • $500,000 for HP Catering Christmas Productions produce the feature film Catering for Christmas
  • $500,000 for HP Winter Palace Productions Inc to produce the made-for-television film Winter Palace
  • $500,000 for HP Homestead Christmas Productions produce the holiday themed film Homestead for Christmas.

“Making targeted investments in Northern Ontario’s growing film industry is a priority for our government,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “These investments are strengthening this vital sector, attracting talent and creating jobs in our northern communities.”

“Ontario has a booming film and television industry across the province and in the North,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “With this investment, our government is attracting more projects that showcase our stunning northern landscapes, create jobs and boost our provincial and local economies.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $559 million in 4,748 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.82 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,500 jobs.

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