British Columbia’s creative industries combine a legacy of excellence and expertise across all industry sectors, and are a major contributor to the province’s economy and job creation.
Creative industries are one of the most rapidly growing sectors of B.C’s diverse economy, as well as a significant generator of investment, job creation and export earnings, in addition to fostering vibrant communities.
B.C. is well positioned to capture a growing percentage of the global entertainment and digital media market due to the outstanding talent, infrastructure and expertise that have developed in the province.
- In February 2016, the Province announced the $15-million B.C. Music Fund, aimed at supporting artists and businesses within B.C.’s music industry.
- B.C. has the third-largest concentration of independent labels, sound recording studios and other music businesses in Canada.
- There are more than 6,400 artists in B.C. These include 600 conductors, composers or arrangers and 5,825 musicians or singers.
- B.C.’s music industry includes over 80 independent record labels, 123 sound recording studios and hundreds of music publishers, managers, talent agencies, marketing and other businesses that support the development and delivery of music.
- The industry generates revenue from multiple streams that include record label production and sound recording ($52.7 million) live music performances ($87.8 million), music publishing ($13.7 million) and artist income ($255 million).
- B.C.’s music industry plays an important role in boosting tourism and regional economic development by hosting more than 58 music festivals in communities throughout the province.
Film and Television:
- British Columbia’s motion picture industry supports approximately 25,000 direct and indirect quality jobs that make up a talented, highly experienced and knowledge-driven workforce.
- With 297 film and television productions, and direct spending of $2 billion in 2015-16, B.C. is one of the top production centres in North America.
- British Columbia’s film and television industry is home to over 60 studio facilities and over 255,000 square metres (2.75 million square feet) in stage space.
- With outstanding studio infrastructure for physical production, and a deep pool of experienced cast and crew, B.C.’s film and television industry workers can support more than 50 projects simultaneously.
- B.C.’s digital media companies produce video games, animation and visual effects, social media, interactive marketing and e-learning products.
- The digital media sub sector has seen strong growth in B.C. and is currently comprised of over 600 companies employing over 16,000 people.
- British Columbia has one of the top video game clusters in the world, with more than 120 game development studios employing 5,500 professionals.
- There are approximately 53 VFX and animation studios in the province. B.C. has approximately 15 companies that specialize in post-production, including Encore, FINALE Edit Works, Skylab, Western Post and Fusion Cine.
- Digital media generates annual revenues of more than $1.2 billion in British Columbia.
- B.C.’s book industry is comprised of a talented and skilled workforce, creating jobs in the writing, publishing, illustration, editing, design and retail fields.
- More than 30 professional publishers operate in B.C. and release close to 1,200 titles each year.
- British Columbia’s book sector is increasingly digital, with 91% of B.C.-based publishers offering e-books.
- B.C. is home to Canada’s second-largest English-language book and magazine publishing sector, outside of Ontario.
- B.C. is also home to the largest Aboriginal publishing company in the country, Theytus Books, and one of the largest of children’s houses, Orca Book Publishers.
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