The sum of production budgets in the TV and film industry in Canada amounted to just over 9.2
billion Canadian dollars in the 2018/19 season, up from 8.8 billion in the previous year. The largest
contribution to this growth came from Canadian television. The industry employs more than 117,000
people on a full-time basis and approximately the same number again as freelance workers.

Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia alone make up more than 90 percent of total volume
production in the country. Production is growing with the support of federal and provincial
governments that encourage investment in Canada by means of incentives. These incentives are a
critical part of that growth in offsetting the cost of productions in the country, allowing both
domestic and international productions to reduce their costs.

Canada has been bursting with major productions of late. Guillermo Del Toro’s conman
drama, Nightmare Alley, starring Cate Blanchett and Bradley Cooper, has been shooting in the
Greater Toronto Area. While Warner Bros.’ IT: Chapter Two, filmed in Port Hope, Oshawa and
Toronto; Robin Wright’s feature directorial debut, Land, shot in Alberta; and Netflix’s Jupiter’s
Legacy filmed in Hamilton, Toronto and Mississauga.

In 2017 Canada’s industry received a further boost from Netflix, who committed to invest $376m
(c$500m) in Canadian content over five years — when the global streamer launched a production
hub in Toronto by taking long-term leases on eight soundstages in different studios around the city.

The industry is concentrated in three regional hubs, each of which has an extensive crew base and
modern infrastructure. On the Pacific coast, British Columbia has Canadian Motion Picture Park
Studios, North Shore Studios, the expanded Eagle Creek Studios, the newly built Vancouver Island
Film Studios and Martini Film Studios, which is planning a 600,000 square feet expansion. British
Columbia has recently been the busiest centre and is the focus of the country’s VFX and post-
production business.

In the east, Ontario is seeing rapid growth in production and construction. It offers 2.3 million square
feet of state-of-the art studio space, with that figure set to double by 2022, as well as experienced
technicians and crews, and a complete equipment and services supply chain.

Ontario’s major cities like Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa have been the backdrop for many
productions set in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Detroit and Washington, D.C. Whilst smaller
Ontario towns and sweeping rural vistas have hosted productions set in middle America and Europe.
Alongside this due to Ontario’s healthy ethnic diversity, its people and streetscapes have even
represented Asia and the Middle East as well. Ontario Creates and the Ontario Film Commission
work with production leads to source locations, studio space and assist with permits, as well as host
an online library of more than 40,000 location images.

Pinewood Toronto Studios is home to the nearly 46,000 square feet Mega Stage, one of the biggest
soundstages in North America, and this broke ground on a multi-stage expansion at the end of 2018.
CBS Stages Canada, with six new soundstages, opened in September. Aeon Studio Group is
developing a 200,000 square feet studio with six soundstages in the city of Hamilton. There are plans
for First City Studio, a $100m facility near Toronto that will include a 70,000 square feet stage, to
open in late 2020.

Québec, with Mels Cite du Cinema studio in Montreal, is the home of the French-language film
community and recently saw the opening of a Montreal branch of US company Reel FX Animation

To get around the major cities in the east and west, you are linked by the Trans-Canada Highway, but
travel to the northern regions can be more difficult. The biggest international airports are in
Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal. Flight times from Vancouver in the west to Toronto and
Montreal in the east range from four-and-a-half to five-and-a-half hours. Getting to Europe takes
about 10 hours from Vancouver and seven from Toronto and Montreal.