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TORONTO REGION: A GLOBAL LEADER IN DIGITAL MEDIA & GAMES

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TORONTO REGION ADVANTAGES

Why you'll thrive in the Toronto Region

  • Join North America’s third largest entertainment cluster, where content creation, production, post-production, and the animation industry collide. Toronto is a hotbed of immersive content creation and innovation, fueled by cutting-edge R&D from institutions such as the Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT), and by industry events such as the VRTO Conference.
  • Take advantage of some of the most attractive media tax credits in the world, whether you are a Canadian or foreign-owned/controlled company.
  • Access our growing pipeline of specialized tech talent at a fraction of the cost of other major North American hubs. Find artists, animators, modellers, designers, producers, and VR, AR and game programmers, as well as musicians and sound engineers. The Toronto Region is also fast becoming recognized as a world leader in AI and machine learning.

MEDIA TAX INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

The Province of Ontario has some of the most generous tax incentives in the world for the media and digital media industries. Funds for most programs are administered through Ontario Creates.

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Ontario Creates, an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries.

Success Story

UNIS Technology Innovates in York Region

UNIS Technology, a Markham-based company, helped an Atari Pong® coffee table go from a kickstarter campaign in Uruguay struggling to get off the ground, to an amazing product.

The iconic video game – originally developed in 1972, has been transformed from a TV-based videogame to a standalone artificial intelligence driven coffee table game.

The game allows you to play against the computer if you wanted to play with just one person.

The Atari Pong® Tables are considered the “best new electronic table game to hit the market since Air Hockey!” - UNIS Technology

We Graduate Top Talent

All of the Toronto Region’s 18 postsecondary institutions have Film/TV production, Computer Engineering, Digital Media or Creative Arts programs within their faculties. Some of the top institutions include, Sheridan, Ryerson University, Seneca and the University of Toronto.

A Leading Centre for Production, Post-production & Special effects

Many Toronto-based companies are internationally renowned as suppliers of incredible animation (both 3-D and 2-D and cutting-edge visual and special effects). Find concept artists, 2-D/3-D artists, animators, modellers, texture artists, technical and computer graphic artists, game programmers, designers, and producers, along with programmers specializing in graphics, physics, sound and online applications. In addition, you’ll find a variety of talented musicians and sound engineers here.

Looking to learn more about the Toronto Region’s leading Film/TV industry? Check it out here.

Success Story

CBS Opens Massive New TV and Film Studio in Mississauga

A year after it was first announced, CBS has officially opened its brand new film and television studios in Mississauga.

The massive 260,000 square-foot production facility is said to include six soundstages, production offices, support facilities, and auxiliary services for large-scale television and film production.

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CBS has a strong production history in Canada. The Toronto area specifically has provided our series with diverse and appealing locations as well as production infrastructure and crafts expertise that cannot be easily found. These new stages will provide valuable resources and additional capacity for our company’s growing production slate.
David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios

Success Story

Lights, Camera, Action – in Durham Region.

Durham Live (DLive) will soon welcome TriBro Studios, the first purpose-built Studio District in Durham Region.

The world class mega stages, will utilize 15 acres and offers everything one would expect from a film studio lot – stages, production offices, workshops, hair and makeup, props, wardrobe, catering and much more.

Our gaming industry means BIG business:

The world’s top global game developers call Toronto Region home, including Ubisoft, Gameloft, Certain Affinity, Zynga, and Rockstar, to name a few.

Gaming & XR Companies That Call The Toronto Region Home

Success Story

Ubisoft Chooses The Toronto Region

Established in 2010, Ubisoft Toronto is a growing and diverse team on a collective mission to create what’s next in AAA open world games. The studio recently shipped Far Cry 5.

At E3 2017, Ubisoft Toronto announced its first new IP, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, an all-new, action-adventure game where players assemble customizable controller-mounted starships and launch into epic, interplanetary adventures. The studio shipped its first lead production, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, to critical acclaim in 2013 and has contributed to multiple award-winning Ubisoft brands including: Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, and For Honor.

The Toronto studio builds on the city's existing experience with the film production industry. Collaborating with local film industry veterans to enhance video game production and extend Ubisoft's convergence strategy, Ubisoft Toronto contributes to Ubisoft's global plan of extending its brands to complementary platforms and mediums, including books, comics, short films and other products.

Toronto’s unique pool of experienced video game industry and film industry talent will allow us to develop a team with exceptional ability to help us realize our goals for creating brands with universal appeal that extend beyond the world of video games.
Yannis Mallat, CEO, Ubisoft, Toronto