Several levels of the Canadian government are determined to improve the development of the arts in a variety of medium, including film and broadcasting. The goal is to make Canada’s film industry a leader on the world stage by stoking internal talent and investments in promising projects.
To achieve this, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is an organization that aims to encourage and stimulate economic development in the northern regions of Ontario through financial assistance to projects that stabilize, diversify, and foster the economic growth and diversification of the region.
There are currently multiple distinct government funding programs offered by the NOHFC, each with a different funding amount and eligibility requirements.
A $6 million contribution from the government of Ontario is being provided to Northern Ontario’s film industry through the NOHFC to create jobs, attract talent, and boost economic growth.
“Our government is proud to support the film and television industry in Northeastern Ontario, which continues to create good jobs and develop skilled local talent. Today’s funding is helping solidify the North’s reputation as a first-rate production centre in North America and the world.”Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing
As part of the NOHFC’s funding program, the following projects have been funded:
- An investment of $2,000,000 will be given to Sinking Ship Productions Inc. for the production of Beyond Black Beauty, a family television series;
- The five-part miniseries Essex County will be produced by Essex Season 1 (FGM) Inc. with $2,000,000 in funding support;
- In order to produce the holiday themed film Homestead for Christmas, HP Homestead Christmas Productions Inc. received $500,000;
- Production of the feature film Bloody Hell by Bloody Hell Productions Inc. will receive $500,000;
- An investment of $500,000 is being made for HP Catering Christmas Productions Inc. to produce the feature film Catering for Christmas; and
- To produce the made-for-television film Winter Palace, HP Winter Palace Productions Inc will receive $500,000.
“Ontario has a booming film and television industry across the province and in the North. With this investment, our government is attracting more projects that showcase our stunning northern landscapes, create jobs and boost our provincial and local economies.”Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
A goal of the NOHFC is to promote Canadian economic prosperity by providing financial assistance for a broad range of projects that stimulate growth, job creation, and skills development.
Want to Learn more about NOHFC?
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation has a variety of programs that each operate individually with their own unique intake deadlines, funding amounts, and more. To learn about the available options, visit the following:
- NOHFC Cultural Supports Program;
- NOHFC Community Enhancement Program; and
- NOHFC People & Talent Program.
Government Funding for Northern Ontario
There are various Ontario government funding programs that can help businesses expand, conduct research and development, hire employees, and invest in capital equipment. There are several of these programs offered by FedDev Ontario and FedNor, the Federal Economic Development Agencies for Southern Ontario and Northern Ontario respectively. To view the top programs, visit our Ontario Grants and Funding Directory.
Mentor Works believes in each one of the applications that we support. Our detailed pre-qualification process leads to a higher rate of approval when compared to the global approval rates of each government funding program.