Industry Facts

Canada’s 3 video game powerhouses

Quebec is home to a robust and well-established video game industry thanks to a long-standing tax credit established in 1996. It’s home to some of the largest studios in the world.

The Quebec region is primed for growth: fully two thirds of gaming companies expected to grow by 10% or more in the coming two year period.

Canadian gamers facts

  • 46% of them are female.
  • 58% of all Canadians are gamers.
  • 61% of Canadian households own at least one game console.
  • 95% of all Canadian households own a computer.

Industry salary facts

The average age of workers in the Canadian video game industry is 31, while the average video game salary in 2012 was roughly $72,500 per annum, across all job types and levels of seniority.

Medium size companies (100-499 people) have the highest average salary in this industry.

Canadian video game industry in 2013

Did you know? Canada has the third largest video game development industry in the world after the US and Japan - or the biggest per capita based on the number of employees.

The Canadian video game industry employs the equivalent of over 16,500 full time employees.

Industry structure by platform

The Canadian industry is increasingly focusing on the emerging mobile market, with 84% of companies developing games for smart phones and tablets. Development for dedicated game consoles remains strong, with approximately 48% of developers currently working on titles for current and next-gen consoles.

While the number of completed projects is predominantly for mobile and casual markets, the lion's share of overall resources are still dedicated to console games by a small amount of companies.

Platform Average project budget Average project team size Average number of days
Console $8,728,125 65 583
PC/Mac $995,675 10 268
MMO $834,000 9 259
Web $651,625 7 172
Mobile $303,500 7 156
Social Network $295,000 5 69
Kiosk and standalone $30,000 5 65

Ubisoft plans expansion to 12 new cities

Ottawa is one of the regions Ubisoft is considering for network expansion along with additional cities: Mississauga, Bedford and Candiac.

Ubisoft expects to give final selection decisions to the 12 new candidate locations by the end of the year. Of particular note to cities vying for future expansion, much of Ubisoft's choice for current candidates is dependent on cities’ ability to conduct their own legwork. Cities with existing infrastructure that is pervasive and documented can gain a leg up in getting their infrastructure maps in order and making it faster and easier for Ubisoft to make permit requests.