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$2 Million in New Film Support

February 11, 2022

Funding will promote economic development in North Bay

NIPISSING – Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing, has announced an investment of $2,000,000 into 4 North Bay film and television projects, through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. This investment will help create jobs, attract local talent and boost economic growth, improving quality of life for those who live in the North.

“Our government is proud to support the film and television industry in the area, which continues to create good jobs and develop skilled local talent,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, helping local production and post-production projects succeed is more important than ever.”

The following projects are receiving funding:

  • $500,000 for HP Time Productions Inc. to produce the made for television movie Angel Falls Christmas
  • $500,000 for Hideaway Pictures to produce the feature film Toying with the Holidays
  • $500,000 for HP Cold Productions Inc. to produce the made for television movie Great Christmas Switch
  • $500,000 for HP A Lot of Christmas Productions Inc. to produce the made for television movie Jingle Bells Princess

“Hideaway Pictures has helped bring over 50 film and television projects to Northern Ontario in the last decade creating over 3,000,000 hours of work for Northern Ontario residence amounting to over 2000 FTE jobs in the North, said David Anselmo, Director and Producer of Hideaway Pictures. “The gross economic impact of these films to the Ontario economy is well over $125,000,000 in direct spending.”

“Being a Canadore graduate, I feel very lucky to be able to live and work in Northern Ontario doing what I love,” said Kaitlyn Greenough, Producer of the made-for-television movie – Jingle Bells Princess. “I’ve learned a lot working under the Hideaway team and look forward to growing in this industry further thanks to the wonderful support of the NOHFC.”

“I never thought I would be able to have a full time career in film and television in Northern Ontario,” said Micheline Blais, producer of the made-for-television movie – The Great Christmas Switch. “It is through the cultural program at the NOHFC that we are given the opportunity to grow as film professionals and to further enhance the sustainable economic development opportunities in the film and television sector in the North.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate recovery, growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $432 million in 4,025 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.4 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 6,200 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In February 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people, and address the skilled labour shortage in the North.

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