November 19th, 2023
As part of the Manitoba government’s effort to make the province more competitive and spur economic growth, a $1.5-million investment is being made in the development of StudioLab XR, a 5,000-sq.-ft. virtual production training studio in Winnipeg, Economic Development, Investment and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen announced.
“Our government is proud to make strategic investments to continue supporting the growth of the interactive digital media and film industries, which are among the fastest growing sectors of the provincial economy,” said Cullen. “This project will create good paying jobs, establish Manitoba as an industry leader in Canada, and attract new domestic and international productions to the province.”
The Manitoba government is entering into a three-year contribution agreement with New Media Manitoba (NMM) to provide nearly $1.5 million for the studio to support operating costs, capital purchases, courseware and other learning support, Cullen noted.
Developing StudioLab XR will ensure Manitoba remains competitive in the interactive digital media and film sectors by creating technical jobs, providing specialized training and addressing labour market shortages, said Cullen.