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Cinema in Canada - statistics & facts

Canada and the United States form a key region in the worldwide cinema sector – the North American film market. However, the northernmost country in the Americas is struggling to overcome the deep impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. In 2021, Canada's box office revenue added up to 345 million Canadian dollars. While this represents an increase of about 47 percent compared to the previous year, it amounts to roughly one-third of the result recorded in 2019. Meanwhile, in 2021, the global box office revenue added up to more than half of the revenue reported two years earlier, suggesting a swifter recovery than Canada's. But the country has tradition on its side. Canada is home to the world's first state-founded film organization (the Ontario Motion Picture Bureau) and first national film production unit (the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau), both established over a century ago. In this environment, moviegoers may be persistent. During a mid-2021 survey, around 30 percent of Canadians said they went to the movies during the previous 12 months, despite the pandemic.

The show must go on

The annual production of theatrical films in Canada remained stable amidst the pandemic. During the 2019/2020 season, the country produced 112 movies, the same number recorded two seasons before. This indicates that – despite being overshadowed by the American film industry – Canada is home to a resilient movie segment. The amount allocated to filmmaking further proves that. In the 2019/2020 season, production budgets for Canadian feature films collectively added up to 287 million Canadian dollars, up from 270 million Canadian dollars two seasons earlier, an increase of 6.3 percent.

The accents in moviemaking

Ontario is the Canadian province with the biggest budgets for movie and TV productions. Throughout the 2019/20 season, Ontario's production volume amounted to 3.55 billion Canadian dollars, whereas British Columbia's and Quebec's added up to 2.8 billion and 2.3 billion dollars, respectively. The figures are not proportional to the population of each Canadian province, however. In 2020, there were almost twice as many Quebecers as British Columbians. Still, BC's production volume was about 22 percent bigger than Quebec's. Contrasts are also present in the languages spoken in Canadian cinema. During the 2019/20 season, almost three out of four domestic films were in English, while the rest was in French or other languages.


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