Trades Play A Leading Role
Blockbuster year results in $1.5 billion economic boost for the TV & film industry
When it comes to film and television production, Ontario is rapidly gaining momentum as a “blockbuster” province. This success presents not only an economic boost, but also many opportunities for skilled trades professionals who want to work in this exciting industry.
Just last year, Ontario’s film and TV industry celebrated a record-breaking year with a $1.5 billion contribution to the economy and the employment of nearly 32,500 full-time direct and associated jobs.
But, making TV and movie magic happen requires more than just the glamorous actors and directors we so often revere. The Ontario film and TV industry employs countless behind-the-scenes tradespeople to make these creative productions come to life.
For example, hairstylists provide the glam — or in some cases the heinous — hairdos for actors and extras. Sheet metal workers and welders create metal fabrications like the customized props often seen in futuristic and superhero films. Electricians are responsible for literally lighting up the entire production, while carpenters help build and collapse elaborate sets. Then of course, there are the caterers — the cooks and chefs who prepare and serve food to feed massive crews of hungry workers.
“Skilled trades are an integral part of our province’s success in film and TV production,” says David Tsubouchi, Ontario College of Trades Registrar and CEO. “At the College, we ensure the tradespeople performing the work in compulsory trades have the training and certification required to do so safely and to the high standard we continue to see in this industry and many others.”
For more information on skilled trades working behind-the-scenes and about apprenticeship opportunities, visit earnwhileyoulearn.ca.