OTTAWA, March 3, 2013 /CNW/ - I was honoured to participate this evening
in the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards Gala. These prestigious awards
provide an opportunity to acknowledge excellence in Canadian film,
television, and digital media production.
Our Government recognizes that the audiovisual industry is an important
driver of job creation and economic development in Canada. That is why
we are proud to support this sector through annual investments of more
than $600 million. In 2011-12, Canada's film and television production
industry generated more than $7.6 billion in economic benefits; film
and television production volume reached $5.9 billion; and the industry
provided about 132,500 direct and indirect jobs across Canada.
On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada,
I would like to thank the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, the
organizer and host of the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards Gala. I would
also like to congratulate this year's finalists and winners. Canadians
can be extremely proud of our artists and creators who continue to
inspire excellence in Canada and abroad.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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