The Conservative government implemented its new policy on international co-productions for film and television shows, said Paul Calandra, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Canadian Heritage. In a speech Thursday at the Canadian Media Production Association’s (CMPA) Prime Time conference in Ottawa, delivered on behalf of Heritage Minister James Moore, Calandra said the new policy on co-productions makes Canada a more attractive place to produce audiovisual productions and create partnerships with markets around the world. “What this will ultimately mean, simply put, is more film and television productions overall in Canada,” he said. “We are making Canada a more attractive place to do business.” The Heritage Department held a consultation on the creation of a new federal policy on audiovisual treaty co-production in 2011. Calandra said Canada’s film and TV production sector grew by more than half a million dollars last year, from $2.5 billion to $3 billion in 2011-2012. “That’s a 20 per cent increase, which resulted in the creation of more than 66,000 well-paid jobs across Canada,” he said.