Ontario Creates Business Intelligence Bulletin


October 2018

Welcome to our second issue. 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


       OMDC is now Ontario Creates. We launched our new brand on September 7, 2018.

·       We are accepting applications to our Business Intelligence Program (BIP) until October 22, 2018 at 5 p.m.

·       We’ve reserved 15 spots for Bulletin readers at our upcoming breakfast panel and networking session “Tech Talk: Trends to Watch” in Toronto on October 26, 2018. For more information and to register, click here.

Recent Events and Podcasts


·       Breakfast Session: Exploring Best Practices in Company Development, Toronto, ON June 29,   2018


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Recent Reports Funded by Ontario Creates








Documentary Organization of Canada
The Roadmap to Creative Distribution





·        Recent Ontario Creates publications include our 2017-18 Year in Review and a Summary of our Client Satisfaction Survey undertaken in October 2017.



All Reports






Recently Updated Industry Profiles

·       Interactive Digital Media Industry Profile



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Ontario Creates Online Research Library


·       Our Online Research Library has had a mini facelift! Click here to see our new look and browse over 650 reports including more than 75 added so far in 2018.

Data Releases


·       Statistics Canada has released results of its first ever Digital Economy Survey exploring how Canadians buy, consume and sell goods and services online including digital products such as music and video streaming services, e-books, online gaming, and mobile apps. Read more here and see an infographic here.

·       The Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) has made available a list of productions certified under the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit dating back to 1995. Read more about the open data initiative here. The data itself can be downloaded here.


·       The Cultural Human Resources Council has announced plans to update its 2010 Cultural Labour Force study. New Labour Market Information (LMI) research will be undertaken for industries including book and magazine publishing, film and television, digital media and the music industry. National focus groups are planned for early 2019. Read more here.


Creative Industries Policy


·        A new free trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada has been reached. Canada’s cultural exemption, which allows Canada to maintain programs and policies to support the creation of Canadian content, was preserved. A general backgrounder on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is found here, a cultural industries summary is here and an intellectual property summary here.

·        Major review processes continue for key federal legislation relevant to Creative Industries. To read about the mandated review of the Copyright Act, click here. The Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel launched its consultation process on September 25, 2018 and written submissions will be accepted through to November 30, 2018. A consultation document, entitled 'Responding to the New Environment: A Call for Comments', is available. It identifies four broad themes with implications for the public policy objectives, definitions and substantive provisions currently set out in the three pieces of legislation under review. The four themes are: Reducing barriers to access by all Canadians to advanced telecommunications networks; Supporting creation, production and discoverability of Canadian content; Improving the rights of the digital consumer; and Renewing the institutional framework for the communications sector. The document also includes seven questions for consideration, as set out in the Terms of Reference.

·       The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced a reversal of its earlier decision to cut the percentage of revenues that major Canadian broadcasters, namely Bell Media, Corus Entertainment and Rogers Media, are required to spend on programs of national interest (PNI). The CRTC is also requiring that these groups contribute to the production of music programming, namely through support of FACTOR and MusicAction.


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