The official figures for the Canadian film industry are not up to date, but a lot more people than before are producing film here. In 2006, film production in Canada was valued at $28.2 billion, with over 2,500 employees. It’s been rising steadily over the last 10 years, and the industry is expected to continue growing as the country becomes more prosperous and as production jobs become more common. According to Statistics Canada data, production here in 2015 was valued at $41.1 billion.
As for making a living, the typical workweek for Canadian film workers is 40 hours with some exceptions, but this is not as tight as you might picture—after all, there are three to five industries where you’d expect to work 40 hours a week. In 2015, these were listed as:
Manufacturing (1,400 people)
Telecommunications (1,200 people)
Healthcare/Medicare & Optometry (1,100 people)
Sue & Co (1,140 people)
Fishing & Marine Technologies (1,080 people)
Information Technology (1,040 people)
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services (1,020 people)
Transportation & Logistics (1,000 people)
Sewerage and Waterworks (940 people)
Fishing & Aquaculture (900 people)
Construction and Mining (850 people)
And these are just some of the companies that you may use to make your film, according to Statistics Canada data.
When the Canadian film industry has grown up, and as its workforce has grown as well, the work hours have increased—they’ve risen a little since 2006, according to Statistics Canada data— and the hours are now shorter. But the industry also has grown, so the numbers are being inflated a little in order to make a point about the increase in production levels, rather than making comparisons to other countries. But to add some perspective, according to Canadian Census data, the average Canadian employee works 40 hours a week in 2015, with some exceptions.
And the average wage for Canadian film and TV workers has also gone up a little since 2006. The latest figures, for 2015, showed that in 2015, wages for Canadian film and TV workers were $23.55 an hour—up $4.02 from 2014. And it’s not just wages—the median working hours have also increased, from a little more than 40 hours a