Profile of the audiovisual industry in Québec in 2017

Québec, May 31, 2018. – In 2016–2017, the value of film and TV production in Québec totalled $1.8 billion, a new record high that represents a 13% increase from the previous year. This was revealed in Profil de l’industrie audiovisuelle au Québec en 2017, published today by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

Growth in foreign production and production services

Among the four production categories in the industry, foreign production and production services registered the strongest growth (40%), with a value of $557 million in 2016–2017— its highest level in the past 10 years.

Independent television production remained the largest component of Québec’s audiovisual industry. It rose slightly in 2016–2017 (0.6%) to $655 million, its second highest value since 2010–2011, when it stood at $739 million.

Regional distribution

Between 2014–2015 and 2016–2017, three quarters of independent film and TV production was carried out in the Montréal region and surrounding areas. The other regions with a substantial production volume were Montérégie (13%), Capitale-Nationale (5%), and Laurentides (5%).

Industry partners

These data come from the publication Profil de l’industrie audiovisuelle au Québec en 2017, which was prepared thanks to the contribution of the Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM), and in partnership with the Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec (ARRQ), the Alliance québécoise des techniciens de l’image et du son (AQTIS), the Quebec Film and Television Council (QFTC), the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC), the Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma (SARTEC), the Table de concertation de l’industrie du cinéma et de la télévision de la Capitale-Nationale, and the Union des artistes (UDA).

These data and the publication containing additional statistics on the Québec audiovisual industry can be viewed on the website of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.


The Institut de la statistique du Québec produces, analyzes and disseminates official, objective and quality statistical information on various aspects of Québec society. It is responsible for carrying out all statistical surveys of general interest. The relevance of its work makes it a strategic ally for decision makers and all those wishing to learn more about Québec.

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