Ontario Investing in Growing Entertainment Industry in the North

Funding will promote economic development and create new jobs

February 11, 2022

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing $2 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to support the growing film and television industry in North Bay. This investment will help create jobs, attract talent and boost economic growth, improving quality of life for those who live in northern communities.

“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 My Angel’s Christmas List
  • $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

“Our government is making targeted investments in growing and emerging sectors, such as the North’s film and television industry,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “Investments like these are helping to solidify the North’s reputation as a top production centre in Canada and will enable businesses to expand, innovate and diversify.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate 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 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.


“I never thought I would be able to have a full time career in film and television in Northern Ontario. 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.”

– Micheline Blais
HP Cold Productions Inc.

“Being a Canadore graduate, I feel very lucky to be able to live and work in Northern Ontario doing what I love. I’ve learned a lot working under the Hideaway team and look forward to growing further in this industry thanks to the wonderful support of the NOHFC.”

– Kaitlyn Greenough
HP A lot of Productions Inc.

“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 residents, amounting to over 2000 FTE jobs in the North. The gross economic impact of these films to the Ontario economy is well over $125,000,000 in direct spend.”

– David Anselmo
Hideaway Pictures

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