Source: Canadian Heritage (Ottawa)

Canada Strengthens Its Cultural and Economic Ties with Ireland

Audiovisual Co-Production Treaty between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ireland enters into force

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 5, 2016) - Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced today the coming into force of the new Canada-Ireland Audiovisual Co-Production Treaty on July 1, 2016.

The new treaty, which replaces a 1989 agreement, will allow producers to combine their creative, technical and financial resources to create audiovisual treaty co-productions that increase cultural exchanges between the two countries, help share best practices and expertise among their creators, and contribute to their respective economic growth.

This treaty aims to position Canada as a treaty co-production partner of choice, as it encourages global competitiveness and responds to the rapidly evolving audiovisual technological environment.

Quick Facts

  • Canada has been co-producing for close to 50 years and has signed audiovisual co-production treaties with 54 countries. Over the past 10 years alone, this country has produced 654 audiovisual treaty co-productions, whose production budgets total $4.8 billion.


"Canada has a longstanding co-production partnership with Ireland, and I am thrilled that producers will be able to use this new treaty to create even more world-class content. In addition to positioning Canada as an audiovisual co-production partner of choice, the new treaty has been adapted to new audiovisual practices and technology, and puts the Canadian audiovisual industry at the forefront and offers Canada a competitive advantage on the co-production world stage."

- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Associated Links

Minister Joly and Irish Ambassador sign Canada-Ireland audiovisual co-production treaty

Audiovisual Treaty Co-Production

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Pierre-Olivier Herbert
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