In January of 2014, the Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA) undertook a process of consultation to help understand and identify the needs of the remaining media production industry professionals in Saskatchewan. The association received 218 responses from individuals, businesses and support organizations and compiled a comprehensive report on the information that was collected.
The consultation revealed that over 40% of industry members still in Saskatchewan are currently unemployed or working in another industry with 34% of those who remain anticipating that they may have to move out of province within the year. The big picture challenges for the industry as a whole can be summarized as workforce retention and infrastructure preservation. To address these, the industry has overwhelmingly identified regular work and funding changes as their immediate needs.
The full report is available here: SMPIA Consultation Report