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Posted by Allen Swerling on April 19, 2000 at 08:34:33:

Most of the animation studios in Canada ship out all their work except for the design, storyboard, and direction stages. The development may be done here but there are very few jobs for animators, assistants and inbetweeners. For every three jobs in those categories there are ten others waiting for work. The situation is exacerbated by the shut down of Disney lately, and the Cinar troubles. If you are not up on the higher end of the ladder you are out of luck. And we don't have a union. The students that are coming out of Colleges have very little to look foreward to unless they are doing digital animation. That seems to be the only area that has positions available and they too are in short supply unless you have experience in a great variety of software, as it is not standardized.

Even our low dollar does little to attract work as the Asian and European countries will work for much less per hour than a Canadian worker will, we have a minimum wage that must be met unlike some other countries.


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