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Digital Media & Gaming

Digital Media & Gaming

Digital Media
& Gaming
in the
Toronto Region

The Toronto Region is Canada’s hub for interactive digital media and game development, thanks to our dynamic mix of creative and digital service firms, marketing and multi-platform producers, and specialized tech and film industry talent.

Why the Toronto Region is right for you:

+ Toronto is North America’s third-largest entertainment cluster, with a robust indie gaming scene that makes up 55 percent of the industry in Canada.

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Take advantage of some of the most attractive media tax credits in the world, whether you’re a Canadian or international 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.

Gaming Projects in the Toronto Region:

Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto IV

Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto V

Rockstar Games

Red Dead Redemption 2

Ubisoft

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell

Ubisoft

Far Cry 6

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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.

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.

Our team can arrange meetings to discuss program options, including:

+ Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit – 35-40%
+ Ontario Computer Animation & Special Effects Tax Credit – 18%
Co-operative Education Tax Credit – 25-30%
+ Ontario Production Services Tax Credit – 21.5%
+ Interactive Digital Media Fund

Our gaming industry means big business:

Success story

DNEG

DNEG, one of the world’s leading visual effects and animation studios for creating featured films and television, officially opened its fourth North American studio in the Toronto Region. The City of Toronto has experienced historic momentum and investments in the screen production industry. In 2021, a record-breaking $2.5 billion was spent directly in the film, television, and digital media productions industry, $409 million of that was on VFX and animation productions. Thanks to our growing ecosystem, post-secondary institutions, and high-quality talent pool, companies are looking at the Toronto Region as a place to grow their operations and DNEG was one of them.

Toronto Global worked closely with DNEG to introduce them to Toronto Region’s VFX/Animation ecosystem by making connections with local trade associations, champions and post-secondary institutions that are producing the talent they need. DNEG has an aggressive Canadian expansion in place and plans to hire 200 employees in its Toronto studio in its first year. With their ongoing hiring efforts, the company already has more than 150 hires to date, including many new technology positions.

“I am thrilled with the progress DNEG has made over the past six months in establishing a strong presence in Ontario... The welcome we have received from local trade associations, former Toronto Mayor John Tory and his team, and of course the incredible talent pool in Toronto, has been overwhelming”

We Graduate Top Talent

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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.

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