Business Intelligence Bulletin

Issue 4 - June 2019

Our quarterly Business Intelligence Bulletin brings you links to research studies, industry statistics, trends, policy development and other resources of interest to Ontario’s creative industries.


Program Announcements


·         The final Business Intelligence Program (BIP) deadline for 2019 is October 22. The Online Application Portal is open for applications.

·         Organizations planning to apply for the BIP should contact Ontario Creates’ Research Department at to determine the eligibility of the organization and the project. See here for Frequently Asked Questions and other documents.


Recent Events and Podcasts


·         Discussion Session: Protocols and Pathways: Supporting the Development, Production and Marketing of Indigenous Content, Toronto, ON May 10, 2019. Podcast will be available in the next bulletin.


All Podcasts





Recent Reports Funded by Ontario Creates










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Recently Updated Industry Profiles


·         Music Industry Profile – Interim Update

·         Magazine Industry Profile – Interim Update

·         Book Industry Profile – Interim Update



All Profiles 


Ontario Creates Online Research Library

·         We have added 18 reports from all industry sectors to our Online Research Library, including the Canada Media Fund’s trend report for the audiovisual industry, reports by the Canadian Media Producers Association on financial matters in the film and television sectors, and studies on identity-based demographic data in several creative industries.


Data Releases


·         Statistics Canada has released a number of arts industry statistics for the year 2017. Periodical publishing statistics can be found here. Film, television and video production statistics for the year 2017 can be found here. Sound recording and music publishing can be found here.


Creative Industries Policy and Funding


·         The 2019 Provincial Budget was released on April 11, containing a number of items which impact the creative industries and Ontario Creates. The government has committed to review the Ontario Music Fund and the Cultural Media Tax Credit Certification processes, all administered by Ontario Creates. The government will also introduce changes to the digital media tax credit to lower the labour threshold for annual filing. A Film and Television Advisory Panel will be established to advise on issues relating to the industry and its growth. Finally the Ontario Music Fund is being reduced from $15 million to $7 million annually.

·         The federal Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion has announced that the federal government will invest $5 million in the Toronto Region Board of Trade through FedDev Ontario. They will also invest $1.7 million under the Export Diversification Strategy, also for the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

·         The federal budget has promised an additional $60 million in funding for music programs, including an additional $20 million to the Canada Music Fund for a total recent funding increase of $40.7 million.

·         The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage has published their Shifting Paradigms report, looking at payment and royalty options for artists and others in the creative industries. It also discusses the regulation of streaming services and combatting piracy, among other issues.

·         The Ontario provincial government will be launching a plan to protect intellectual property generated within the province, and maximize its commercialization. They will be creating an expert panel on the subject, and an online consultation process. A final report will be delivered to the government in December 2019. More information on this plan can be found here, and the survey can be found here.


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