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Digital media thrives in Ontario, blending creativity and technology to develop globally recognized content, products and services. Successful companies choose Ontario because we offer the right mix of cost advantages, skilled talent and exceptional quality of life.
In an industry as fast-paced and competitive as digital media, any advantage can make a big difference. Reducing business costs can make a real difference to your profitability. Fortunately, Ontario is one of the world's most cost-competitive places for interactive digital media and gaming.
Independent studies show that Canada is the most cost-competitive country for digital services of all the G7 countries, as well as Australia and the Netherlands.
Toronto, Ontario has the lowest business cost for video game production among the major cities of G7 countries.
Ontario's wages in digital media are approximately 30% lower than other competitive jurisdictions.
Ontario offers companies a range of world-leading tax credits and programs to make staffing and operating even more affordable.
Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit
Co-operative Education Tax Credit
Research and Development Incentives
Select the best description of your operation to see possible after-tax savings you could achieve in on your R&D expenditures in Ontario.
Small and medium-sized manufacturers
Small and medium-sized non-manufacturers
Small Canadian-controlled private corporations
Public, private or foreign-owned
* The information provided here presents a potential after-tax cost based on assumptions regarding R&D expenditures, tax incentives and tax rates that may not apply to your business. This information does not constitute tax advice. Please consult your tax advisor to determine the after-tax cost of R&D expenditures for your business.
In addition to tax credits, Ontario government organizations offer a number of programs to support the media industry, including financial aid, as well as recruitment and relocation assistance.
The Ontario Media Development Corporation is a major partner in all levels of the media and entertainment industry in this province, offering financial, strategic, and logistical support. It administers 12 tax credit programs, a number of funding programs, as well as other activities to support the growth of the industry in Ontario.
To create great digital media you need top creative talent. You'll find extraordinarily skilled and creative people here.
Only a few of the factors that make our workforce unique:
You'll find concept artists, 2-D/3-D artists, animators, modellers, texture artists, technical and computer graphic artists, gameplay programmers, designers, and producers, along with programmers specializing in graphics, physics, sound and online applications. In addition, you'll find musicians and sound engineers.
And when you want to communicate with your customers around the world, you'll find highly-educated and talented bilingual people who communicate in over 200 languages.
Ontario colleges and universities meet your needs by consulting with industry leaders to provide business-critical courses in game development and advanced programming, computer animation, digital design, engineering, computer sciences, fine arts, digital graphics, music and sound engineering.
You'll find companies involved in all areas of digital media in Ontario.
Which games have they created in Ontario?
Actual Sunlight, Arena.Xlsm, Bingo Pop, Blitz Block Robo, Blokus, Burn the Rope, Cel Damage HD, Chat Fu, DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die, Dyad, EGGNOG, Gangstar Vegas, Guacamelee!, Infinite, Kingdoms CCG, Mega Run, Mega Jump 1, Mega Jump 2, Mighty Monsters, My Singing Monsters, N++, Phase 10, Rogue Legacy, Rollers of the Realm, Rubik's Cube, Shadow Wars, Sound Shapes, Super Brothers - Sword & Sworcery, Super Splatform, Super Time Force, Time Tremors Infinity, The Yawhg, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist, UNO & Friends, Warframe.
We offer three key benefits:
The greatest advantage we offer is that you get all three of these benefits together. You won't have to sacrifice one to get the other.
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All figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted. Information is accurate at the time of publication.