British Columbia Motion Picture Industry

Below-the-Line Labour Market Study 2019

Image: Omnifilm

Comprehensive Insight

This British Columbian research study represents Canada's first provincial, in-depth study of the motion picture production below-the-line workforce.

Leveraging actual payroll data together with an additional variety of data sources, including primary research gained from over 3,500 direct contributors, the study is a thorough, pan-industry collaboration.

Many stakeholders must be recognized for their time and willingness to participate including various government representatives, six unions and guilds, the producers that hire labour, the payroll companies, one provincial and eight regional film commissions serving the industry, and below-the-line workers themselves.

Funding for this study was provided both by the Government of Canada, through the Canada-British Columbia job fund, and the Province of B.C. See the study posted online by WorkBC.

Below-the-Line Workers are Core to B.C.'s Global Reputation for Excellence in Motion Picture Production


This contract workforce has jobs with good pay and 90% are union members with benefits. Workers earn 34% higher income than the median individual wages for full-time and part-time workers in B.C.


Industry growth and labour demand in B.C. remain steady after a surge was experienced between 2014 to 2017. Unions and guilds are successfully meeting increased labour demands.


Soft skills are the #1 key to career success. Workers are skilled in tech, trades, business and the arts; 72% attain post-secondary education, +11% over B.C.'s total workforce education levels.


Proportional industry growth experienced province-wide is creating significant new regional hubs with distinctive labour demands and unique opportunities.