Creative Industries Overview

British Columbia is well positioned to exploit opportunities within the global creative economy.  The province is home to a thriving  digital media sector, a successful film and television industry, a vibrant and diverse book and magazine publishing industry and a dynamic music and sound recording sector that produces award winning artists celebrated around the globe.  Added to this is the extraordinary quality of life available in BC. 

BC’s creative industry is currently recognized for:

  • Having the highest number of interactive gaming companies in Canada;
  • Being one of the leading motion picture production centres in North America;
  • Producing a large number of successful and internationally renowned musicians;
  • Being the second largest English language book and magazine publishing sector outside of Ontario.

In addition, British Columbia has a strong foundation for developing creative talent through well-established post-secondary institutions including Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, BC Institute of Technology, Capilano University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and their innovative cooperative venture, the Centre for Digital Media.

Demand for Product

Growth in demand for creative products has been a significant driver of the creative economy. Use of the internet, digital technologies and mobile devices has grown exponentially over the past decade, driving content producers to develop new business models and find new ways to monetize their creative products.

Underlying a massive movement towards digital delivery and consumption, one fact remains clear. Written text, audio and video productions and interactive digital media are the products that online and wireless digital platforms deliver to users/audiences. Each requires creative acts to initiate the production value chain. Without creative producers there will be no content.

In addition to the innovative nature of the creative industries in the province, the sector also makes use of a common talent pool. BC’s creative industries do not operate in separate silos but find common ground as well as business opportunities among firms and across sectors.