Interactive digital media industry worth $3.8B in Canada: study (Playback)
Posted by Nordicity on Dec 04, 2013

Interactive digital media (IDM) is a $3.8-billion industry in Canada according to a report released this week, and a large majority of the companies surveyed are projecting future revenue growth. The Canadian Interactive Industry Profile 2012 delves into the economics of those that are in the business of creating digital content for the purposes of entertainment, information or education. It was presented at the Interactive Ontario’s X-Summit programming at nextMEDIA on Tuesday.

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CMF Releases Interactive Industry Profile (Broadcaster)
Posted by Nordicity on Dec 03, 2013

The Canadian Interactive Industry Profile 2012, which provides an in-depth look at the interactive digital media industry in Canada, was released today during Interactive Ontario’s X-Summit programming at nextMEDIA. This report follows two previous editions of the Canadian Interactive Industry Profiles released in 2006 and 2008 but proposes a revised methodology that includes a more narrowed definition of the digital media industry to provide more of a focus on companies creating true “rich interactive experiences” (in terms of content creation) and those that supply services that directly enable other firms to create those experiences [...]

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Nordicity study for On Screen Manitoba buttresses Manitoba Throne speech support of creative industries (Gov't of Manitoba)
Posted by Nordicity in Winnipeg on Nov 12, 2013

Nordicity study for On Screen Manitoba buttresses Manitoba Throne speech support of creative industries

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Growing Media Industry On Screen in Manitoba
Posted by Nordicity on Nov 05, 2013

Home-grown productions, foreign location services and a growing digital media sector have put Manitoba’s media production industry on a roll, and a new economic impact analysis released today points to the significant contribution the industry makes to the province. Analyzing data from numerous sources for the five-year period from 2008 – 2009 through 2012-2013, Snapshot 2013 provides a comprehensive review of the Manitoba media production industry’s structure, workforce, emerging trends and significant contributions to the province’s economy, as well as the social and cultural benefits it generates [...]

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Game Industry Contributes $2.3 billion to Canada's Economy
Posted by Nordicity on Nov 01, 2013

The game industry contributes more than $2.3 billion to Canada's GDP, according to a new report by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada. The research into the Canadian industry stated the country's game sector was the third largest development sector in the world behind the US [...]

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Manitoba Sees Payoff From Film Investment
Posted by Nordicity on Oct 30, 2013

The province of Manitoba's stake in film and media production has paid off to the tune of more than half a billion dollars in production volume in the past five years, according to a new economic impact analysis released Tuesday morning at the offices of On Screen Manitoba. OSM commissioned the study, which analyzed data from 2008-09 to 2012-13, and showed a dramatic rise in the industry's production volume, from $74 million during the global economic crisis in 2009 to $129.9 million in 2012-13. The five-year total was $542.3 million [...]

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Manitoba Film Industry Growing: Nordicity study
in Winnipeg on Oct 29, 2013

The province of Manitoba’s stake in film and media production has paid off to the tune of more than half a billion dollars in production volume in the past five years, according to a new economic impact analysis released Tuesday morning at the offices of On Screen Manitoba.

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Manitoba film industry sees major growth, influx of cash
in Winnipeg on Oct 29, 2013

On Screen Manitoba notes big increase in co-production in media production industry

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Canada’s growing video game industry pumps $2.3B into economy
Posted by Nordicity on Oct 27, 2013

With more than 300 video game companies operating across the country, Canada now has the world’s third-largest video game development industry in the world, after the U.S. and Japan. The gaming industry employs more than 16,000 people and contributes $2.3 billion to Canada’s GDP, according to the latest figures from the Entertainment Software Association of Canada [...]

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Game industry adds CA$2.3B to Canada's GDP
Posted by Nordicity on Oct 22, 2013

A report released by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (PDF) has revealed that Canada's video game industry generated over CA$2.3 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) for the country's economy in 2012 [...]

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New survey maps Nanaimo's tech sector
Posted by Nordicity on Sep 28, 2013

A new $18,000 economic survey will test the strength of Nanaimo’s technology sector. The Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation and Innovation Island are partnering on a new technology survey that will peg down the scope of the sector, the jobs it generates and economic spinoffs. The initiative is part of the economic corporation’s effort to collect benchmark information on different sectors in the Harbour City so it can promote growth. It recently collected information on the economic benefits of arts and culture. The results of the estimated $19,000 survey is expected this October.

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Fredericton to Develop Cultural Plan
Posted by Nordicity on Sep 03, 2013

The City of Fredericton’s Economic Development Tourism and Culture Department is developing a Culture Plan for Fredericton which will guide decision making and identify priorities for strengthening Fredericton’s cultural resources. The plan will include specific measures and action items for cultural development over the next three to five years. Fredericton’s Culture Plan will also link cultural activities with tourism and other economic development initiatives. Work on the plan began in August and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. This planning process will take into consideration the other related studies currently underway, including the feasibility study for the Playhouse as well as the City Centre Plans. To undertake this important initiative, the City of Fredericton has partnered with consulting firm Nordicity.

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Orangeville developing a Culture Plan
Posted by Nordicity on Aug 22, 2013

In recognition of the growing importance of arts and culture initiatives to Orangeville’s economy and quality of life, the Town of Orangeville is in the process of developing a Cultural Plan that will solidify Orangeville as a vibrant hub and destination for arts and culture. Toronto firms Culture Capital and Nordicity have formed a partnership and are the consultants brought in to take on this project in conjunction with The Arts and Culture Committee of town council as their advisory group.

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Ruling the waves: Behind the telecos’ insatiable hunger for wireless spectrum
Posted by Nordicity on Jul 29, 2013

Even George Cope, a wireless insider since the dawn of the cellphone, was blown away by the sector’s ravenous appetite for invisible radio waves when the government put new spectrum on the block five years ago. “If you had told me the proceeds of the last auction in 2008 were going to be $4-billion – I was off by a couple billion,” says Mr. Cope, president and CEO of BCE Inc., the parent of Bell Canada. Mr. Cope joined the industry at 23, built and sold a startup and helped launch Clearnet Communications Inc., the cellular provider Telus Corp. acquired in 2000 in a blockbuster $6.6-billion deal. He learned early in his career that it was a “big capital” business, but admits demand for mobile technology has outpaced his projections and continues to surge...

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Province's film industry deserves support now
Posted by Nordicity on Jul 29, 2013

British Columbia became known as Hollywood North in the late 1970s, when rapidly growing foreign film production built infrastructure and developed experienced, well trained crews to work in our province. To promote our talent, beautiful locations and proximity to Los Angeles, we established our first film development office in 1977. Today as the industry is faltering, with skilled workers following their jobs to other provinces, the B.C. Liberal government continues to stall, claiming that little is really known about the industry's economic benefits. Yet a new study (commissioned by the Motion Picture Association - Canada and the Canadian Media Production Association, and conducted by Nordicity) has quantified this economic benefit across the economy. It makes an undeniable case for government action to support and strengthen B.C.'s film and television industry.

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Study Finds TV and Film Industries Generate $20-billion in Economic Activity
Posted by Nordicity on Jul 15, 2013

The Motion Picture Association–Canada and the Canadian Media Production Association have released a study showing that the sector supported 262,700 jobs, and generated $20.4 billion in GDP for the Canadian economy in just one year. The Economic Contribution of the Film and Television Sector in Canada is a comprehensive study of the economic contributions of the film and television industry in Canada, commissioned by the Motion Picture Association – Canada in collaboration with Canadian Media Production Association and conducted by Nordicity.

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Northern Connectivity: Ensuring Affordable Communications
Posted by Nordicity on Jul 10, 2013

OTTAWA – July 2013 - In association with the Northern Communications Information Services (NCIS) Working Group, the Government of Yukon has commissioned Nordicity – a leading ICT and telecommunications consultancy - to undertake the following study: Northern Connectivity-Ensuring Affordable Communications- (NC-EAC).

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Nordicity Launches Social and Economic Impact Study in Nunavik Region
Posted by Nordicity on Jul 10, 2013

OTTAWA – July 2013 - Nordicity was retained by the Kativik Regional Government to provide a social and economic impact assessment of changes in connectivity in various scenarios on users, the economy and broader Nunavik society.

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Nordicity models Industry Canada 700 MHz CCA Auction
Posted by Nordicity on Jul 10, 2013

OTTAWA – July 2013 - Nordicity and its partner, Carleton University’s Centre for Quantitative Analysis and Decision Support, has created a specialized bid simulation and tracking tool to assist a regional incumbent in understanding and simulating Industry Canada’s Combinatorial Clock Auction (CCA) model for the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction.

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Music/Musique NB Launches Economic Impact Study and Survey of New Brunswick's Music Industry
Posted by Nordicity on Jul 09, 2013

MONCTON – July 2013 – Music/Musique NB (MNB) is undertaking an industry profile and economic impact assessment in partnership with international creative industries consultancy Nordicity. The study will provide a profile of the music industry in NB including an overview of the types of jobs, demographics, and income and expenditure trends.

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Launch of Orangeville Cultural Mapping and Municipal Cultural Plan
Posted by Nordicity on Jun 24, 2013

In recognition of the growing importance of arts and cultural initiatives to Orangeville's economy and quality of life, the Town of Orangeville is pleased to announce the launch of its cultural planning and mapping process. To undertake this important initiative, the Town of Orangeville has partnered with a team of consultants led by Rita Davies of Culture Capital in partnership with Nordicity and GeoPraxis. Funding has been provided by the Creative Communities Prosperity Fund through the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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DOC report paints bleak view for Canadian documentary production
Posted by Nordicity on Jun 18, 2013

Canadian documentary production is facing its steepest decline in volume in almost a decade, according to a report from The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC). DOC has this week published the fifth volume of Getting Real: an Economic Profile of the Canadian Documentary Industry, which takes an in-depth look at the state of Canadian documentary production up to the end of 2010/11. The findings make for grim reading for non-fiction filmmakers in the Great White North.

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Develop Awards Partner Spotlight: Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Posted by Nordicity on Jun 17, 2013

We shine a light on the Canadian province's business development agency In our latest Develop Awards partner spotlight we speak to NSBI business development executive for gaming and interactive media Stephen Hilchey about the organisation, its work and its message to this year's finalists(...) It’s an exciting time to be in Nova Scotia. The industry in the province is growing in diversity and a lot of the game development skills are being applied in other industries across the province. A recent study by Nordicity (2013) says that the majority of interactive media firms in Nova Scotia are generating revenue by developing products and services in education, training, simulation and gaming, with most work being done on proprietary platforms, mobile platforms or web-based platforms.

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A new crowdfunding site in Canada
Posted by Nordicity on Jun 10, 2013

Banff, Alberta, June 10, 2013 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) today announced, at the Banff World Media Festival, the official launch of a new website dedicated to information on crowdfunding http://crowdfunding.cmf-fmc.ca/. (...) The new site, designed by the CMF in partnership with Nordicity, features a directory listing some 50 crowdfunding platforms accessible to Canadians and featuring the platforms that are most relevant to creative content projects. It’s also designed to throw light on the regulatory and legal framework in Canada relating to crowdfunding as well as facts and statistics on the phenomenon, plus a list of best practices and recent case studies of successful crowdfunding campaigns.

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PNI policy generates over $1 billion annually of TV spending: report
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Jun 10, 2013

The Directors Guild of Canada projects that the program of national interest (PNI) regulatory policy first implemented in September 2011 is already paying huge dividends to the industry, to a total impact of $1.015 billion in English-language production and distribution revenues in 2013. By 2017, that impact will rise to 1.075 billion, according to a guild-commissioned report released Monday.

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Canadian Wireless Sector Generates Economic Benefit of $50.2 Billion
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Jun 03, 2013

Industry's total employment impact reaches 308,000 OTTAWA, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - A new report released today by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) reveals the Canadian wireless sector generated an overall economic benefit of $50.2 billion in 2011, an increase of 16.7% from the $43 billion in 2010. The Benefit of the Wireless Telecommunications Industry to the Canadian Economy study, conducted by Nordicity, concludes that the Canadian wireless sector's economic benefit has increased dramatically, as Canadians' adoption of smartphones, tablets and mobile data services and applications has also increased at a rapid pace.

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Sans-fil: le consommateur prêt à payer plus cher ?
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Jun 03, 2013

Le 3 juin 2013 à 16h17 | Michel Munger / Argent L'industrie de la téléphonie mobile a peut-être trouvé l'argument pour ne plus abaisser ses prix. Elle estime qu'il existe un «surplus» de 11,5 G$ entre la valeur réelle de ses services et ce que les clients étaient prêt à payer en 2011. Ce chiffre ressort d'une étude que l'Association canadienne des télécommunications sans fil (ACTS) a commandé au cabinet de consultants Nordicity. Les résultats ont été dévoilés lundi au sommet canadien des télécoms. Le «surplus» équivaut à ce que les clients voient comme valeur pour le service sans fil, comparativement à ce que dit le marché. Les 11,5 G$ sont composés de 9 G$ pour la voix et de 2,5 G$ pour les données.

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Canadians would be willing to pay more for cellular services, study says
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Jun 02, 2013

RITA TRICHUR - TELECOM REPORTER Canadians love kvetching about wireless prices, but are so enamoured with smartphones that their “willingness to pay” for cellular services is actually higher than the sticker price charged by mobile carriers. That is a key finding of a new study set to be released Monday by telecom consultancy Nordicity and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, the main lobby group for the $19-billion industry. Entitled the Benefit of the Wireless Telecommunications Industry to the Canadian Economy, the study calculates a concept called the “consumer surplus” which is the difference between the dollar value a consumer ascribes to a service and its going market rate.

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Canada's wireless lobby group asks for clarity on rules for sale of new entrants
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Jun 02, 2013

LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Published Sunday, June 2, 2013 6:17PM EDT MONTREAL -- Consumers and the wireless industry need certainty on the rules for buying struggling, new cellphone carriers, the head of a telecom industry group says. Clarity is also needed on the sale of unused spectrum licences to major telecom players to build out their cellphone networks, said Bernard Lord of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. "The rules are clear, but nobody knows how they are going to be applied," Lord said in an interview. The call for clarity from Ottawa follows the recent announcement by Telus (TSX:T) that it has signed a deal to scoop up Mobilicity for $380 million in an agreement that would see the struggling carrier sold before its spectrum licence can be transferred in 2014.

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Canada’s video game industry offers high pay, more jobs
Posted by Nordicity on May 31, 2013

By Vito Pilieci, Postmedia News May 31, 2013 OTTAWA — Teenagers take note: turns out those dreams of being paid for video gaming aren’t so far fetched. Even as other sectors of the economy struggle, Canada’s video game development industry continues to expand rapidly with growing numbers of jobs and rising salaries, according to a study to be released at the Ottawa International Game Conference on Friday. Canada’s video game development industry rose more than five per cent between 2011 and 2012 and now accounts for more than $2.3 billion worth of the country’s gross domestic product, according to the study compiled by researcher Nordicity and released by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC).

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Canadian games industry bucking doom and gloom
Posted by Nordicity on May 31, 2013

Peter Nowak - THE GLOBE AND MAIL - Studio closings, big layoffs, an industry in turmoil – those are headlines that have all too frequently described the video game business in general, and in Canada specifically. But the doom and gloom doesn’t paint an accurate picture of what’s actually going on, according to the Entertainment Software Association of Canada. There are now 16,500 people working full time at 329 studios, up five per cent since 2011, according to a new study from the industry advocacy group.

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Canadian Video Game Industry Critical Component of New Digital Economy and Source of National Pride; Contributes $2.3 Billion to GDP
Posted by Nordicity on May 31, 2013

OTTAWA, May 31, 2013 /CNW/ - In a keynote address at the Ottawa International Game Conference (OIGC), Jayson Hilchie, President & CEO of the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) today unveiled new research about the Canadian video game industry. The research shows that Canada's overall video game industry is still growing at a moderate pace, even as the sector and its business models continue to evolve. "This industry - with its marriage of high-skill creative, artistic and technical disciplines - is a source of national pride," said Hilchie. "Many people are still surprised to realize that Canada is the largest producer of video games on a per capita basis, producing critically acclaimed video games on nearly all platforms and enjoyed all over the world." Unveiling top-line results from new research conducted by Nordicity for ESAC, Hilchie showed that Canada's 329 video game studios are a critical component of this country's new digital economy generating over $2.3 billion in GDP for the Canadian economy in 2012.

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Orangeville launches Municipal Cultural Plan and Map Project in partnership with Culture Capital, Nordicity and GeoPraxis
Posted by Nordicity on May 29, 2013

Joining other forward-thinking municipalities in Ontario, the Town of Orangeville is developing its first Municipal Cultural Plan and Cultural Map. As part of its 150 birthday celebrations, the Town has launched the project in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of arts and culture locally. When completed, the plan will be used as a guide to support the development of cultural policies, programs, partnerships, and initiatives that will ensure the Town reaches its greatest potential as a culturally vibrant and creative community.

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Region Focus: Canada
Posted by Nordicity on Apr 08, 2013

UK - Develop returns to Canada to ask what UK devs can learn ahead of the introduction of UK games tax breaks.

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Music Canada report proposes 17 ways to drive growth in music industry
Posted by Nordicity on Mar 21, 2013

TORONTO – Music Canada tabled a new report Thursday identifying programs and public policies to stimulate the development of Canada’s commercial music sector. [...] “Tax credits have been very effective as a creative industry stimulus,” said Peter Lyman, senior partner at Nordicity. “Properly enhanced, they could power even more growth in the music sector and its spin-offs in the economy at large. For instance, music could take a leaf from success in the film and TV business – and leverage foreign as well as domestic investment in Canada through tax credits.”

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Four That Soar for the Canadian Film Centre
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Mar 18, 2013

Jennie Punter, Variety.com Canadian Film Centre CEO Slawko Klymkiw’s average day is about engaging with the many moving parts of a career and biz-accelerating hub [...]. A recent economic impact study conducted by Nordicity found that since 2006, 171 alums have started media companies that have generated $101.8 million in incremental production volume — a stat that pleases Klymkiw.

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New rules fail to calm wireless competition concerns
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto and Ottawa on Mar 07, 2013

OTTAWA - Rita Trichur and Steve Ladurantaye, The Globe and Mail

Industry Minister Christian Paradis announced Thursday that Ottawa is tweaking key rules to ensure at least four cellular carriers are able to compete in each region of the country after a pivotal auction of wireless spectrum takes place later this year [...]. “The industry has been holding its breath for almost a year,” said Geoff White, senior manager and regulatory consultant at Nordicity. “Now the question is: Are we hearing sighs of relief or gasping at the rules?”

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Future of music is live and abroad, Study Finds
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Mar 07, 2013

David Farrell, www.newcanadianmusic.ca

Between 2011 and 2012, Canada's top ranked artists* grossed in the region of $400-million from concerts, merchandise, airplay and record sales. Cumulative career record sales top 300-million worldwide.

That's a lot of dosh, none of which is included in a new study that attempts to quantify the economic impact of the independent music sector in Canada.

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Corus to take larger piece of French-language TV market with Astral deal
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Mar 05, 2013

TORONTO – Corus Entertainment Inc. is poised to spend almost $500-million in a series of deals that will significantly expand its footprint in the French-language television market as part of the spillover of BCE Inc.'s effort to clear the regulatory path for its acquisition of Astral Media Inc

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CRTC ruling clarifies wholesale Internet pricing, slashes rates for Bell and Telus
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Feb 21, 2013

OTTAWA – "A ruling from Canada's telecommunications regulator is bringing certainty to what independent players will pay to rent access to major Internet providers' networks, but offered little clarity on the ultimate effect on consumers' monthly bills"

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Broadcasters under-funding western producers: Nordicity study
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Jan 14, 2013

Etan Vlessing, playbackonline.ca, Jan 14, 2013 Western Canadian provinces are underfunded when it comes federal subsidy pools such as those provided by the CBC, Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board of Canada (...)

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Nordicity Research Shows Canada's Prairie Provinces Get Lower Than Average Funding
Posted by Nordicity in Winnipeg on Jan 01, 2013

WINNIPEG – January 2013 – Nordicity’s analysis of public funding of screen-based production in Canada shows that the Prairie Provinces get lower than average funding on a per-capita basis when compared to the national average.

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