Canada Strengthens Its Cultural and Economic Ties with Jordan

Canada's new audiovisual coproduction treaty with Jordan has come into force

GATINEAU, QC, June 1, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada recognizes that Canadian cultural industries represent a key sector of our economy. Supporting Canadian creators and cultural industries contributes to inclusive growth, creates jobs, and strengthens our middle class while helping those who are working hard to join it.

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced today the coming into force of a new audiovisual coproduction treaty with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Coproduction treaties allow producers to combine their creative and financial resources to develop coproductions that stimulate foreign investment, create good jobs for the middle class, and increase exchanges of culture and knowledge between partner countries.

The new treaty aims to position Canada as a treaty coproduction partner of choice, as it encourages global competitiveness while responding to the rapidly evolving audiovisual technological environment.

Quotes

"Canada is proud to form its first-ever audiovisual coproduction partnership with Jordan, and I am thrilled that Canadian producers will be able to use this new treaty to create even more world-class content. In addition to positioning Canada as a coproduction partner of choice, the new treaty puts the Canadian audiovisual industry at the forefront and offers Canada a competitive advantage on the world stage."

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Quick Facts

Canada has had coproduction treaties in place for nearly 50 years and has signed audiovisual coproduction treaties with 55 countries.

In the past 10 years alone, Canada has produced 643 audiovisual treaty coproductions, whose production budgets total $4.9 billion.

 

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca

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