Canada’s Heritage Minister James Moore announced that Canada is launching co-production talks with India.

The countries are taking the first step towards an official co-production treaty.

Canada already has treaties in places with countries including the UK, Australia, Mexico, China, Poland and South Africa.

Moore said: “Our Government supports Canada’s audiovisual industry in bringing Canadian content to new international markets. Moving forward with co-production treaty negotiations with India should strengthen the relationship our two countries already have, while supporting the creation of a greater number of original audiovisual productions that can be distributed on a larger scale. International co-production promotes Canadian culture and its creators abroad and strengthens our alliances with foreign countries.”

In June 2010, Canada signed a memorandum of understanding on cultural cooperation with India.