In 2012, those services created 226 new jobs, directly employed 6,176 people and paid $487 million in salaries, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said Thursday.
Specialty television services continued to capture the largest share of total revenues at $3.1 billion, the CRTC said in a news release.
Expenses increased to $2.9 billion in 2012 from $2.7 billion in 2011. As a result, profits before interest and taxes dipped slightly from $934.2 million in 2011 to $916.6 million in 2012.
In 2012, these television services spent $1.39 billion on Canadian programming, representing a 9.6 per cent increase over the previous year.
Investments in non-Canadian programming increased to $293 million in 2012 from $278 million in 2011.