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New Report Shows CFC Alumni are a Major Economic Contributor to Ontario's Economy

TORONTO, Feb. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The economic impact of CFC (Canadian Film Centre) and its alumni in Ontario is considerable according to a recent study conducted by Nordicity ( on the economic impacts of CFC's graduates in the province.

CFC, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS), engaged Nordicity to measure the economic impact of CFC graduates since 2005-06 - the first year of MTCS support. Study of the Economic Impacts of the Canadian Film Centre represents the first time an economic analysis of CFC graduates has been assessed, and provides a baseline for future studies.

"We are delighted that the results of this report validate Ontario's investment in CFC in terms of the Government of Ontario's objective to create jobs, develop new skilled-workers and build the capacity of the creative cluster in Ontario," said Slawko Klymkiw, CFC's Chief Executive Officer.

Read the Executive Summary and Full report

Approaching its 25th anniversary, the CFC is a leader in developing Canada's creative and entrepreneurial talent in the screen-based industries sector. Many of the CFC's more than 1,500 graduates have gone on to key positions in making innovative, ground-breaking content; winning national and international accolades for their work.

Key Findings:

  • Between 2006 and 2012:  577 graduates earned a cumulative income differential of $34.9 million; and this income differential created $41.5 million in GDP for the Ontario economy.
  • Since 2006: 137 CFC graduates have established media companies in Ontario. Following their CFC training, these graduates increased their film and TV production output by a total of 53 projects. These 53 projects translated into $80 million in production volume (i.e. budgets) and attracted $47 million in financing from outside the province.
  • Between 2006 and 2012, the CFC generated $98 million in incremental household

income for Ontario residents and $114.7 million in GDP for the Ontario economy; and this activity created 2,000 full-time equivalent jobs within the Ontario economy; and produced an estimated $19.8 million in tax revenue for the Ontario government.

CFC looks forward to continuing to work with the government of Ontario and our partners in the private sector, to drive jobs and prosperity in the province.

About CFC
Celebrating 25 years, CFC accelerates the careers of the brightest talent in film, television, screen acting, music, and digital media. A charitable organization, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada's diverse talent; providing exhibition, financial, and distribution opportunities, industry collaborations and creative partnerships for top creative content leaders. CFC makes a significant cultural and economic contribution to Canada by launching the country's most creative ideas and voices to the world. For further information, visit

About Nordicity
Nordicity is a leading consulting firm specializing in policy, strategy, and economic analysis in four priority sectors:

  • Arts, culture and heritage
  • Digital and creative media
  • Information and communications technology (ICT), and innovation
  • Telecommunications and spectrum

Nordicity was founded in Ottawa, Canada in 1979. We now have offices in London, United Kingdom; Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver, Canada; and clients across North and Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. For more information about Nordicity, visit or follow @NordicityGlobal.

SOURCE: Canadian Film Centre

For further information:

Tamara MacKeigan
Director, Marketing & Communications, CFC

Julie Whelan
Senior Consultant, Nordicity

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