MovieMaker ranks Toronto “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2022”

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Toronto is ranked the second best place to live and work in the film industry, according to MovieMaker magazine – up 10 spots since last year.

Toronto’s production volume grew 10 per cent year-over-year for each of the three years prior to COVID-19.

“Production in Toronto has been strong throughout the pandemic, due to the collaboration between all levels of government and industry partners,” said Mayor John Tory. “The city will continue to prioritize inclusive growth and the expansion of film studio space, to support a thriving screen industry in Toronto. We know supporting a strong film industry here in Toronto is one way we are working to ensure our city comes back stronger than ever from the pandemic.”

During the pandemic, production in Toronto remained strong due to the collaboration between unions, guilds, employers and governments on health and safety guidelines, which kept the industry open and strong.

Industry growth is poised to intensify, as studio space is projected to expand 63 per cent by 2025, with major investments made by the city and global studio operators who recognize Toronto’s value proposition as a global film city. This will be a key part of Toronto’s strong economic recovery that is so crucial in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As one of the most diverse cities in the world, the screen industry in Toronto is focusing on inclusive growth, developing partnerships with unions, community organizations and school boards.

“The film industry is playing an increasingly important role in the strength of Toronto’s economy, especially as we work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson.

“Toronto’s ranking as a top MovieMakers location recognizes the ongoing international demand for our studio space and talent, not only through the pandemic but well into the future. I encourage anyone interested in a career in film to check out the resources available on our City website.”

Provincial and municipal support and partnership, including tax credits, are an essential element of Toronto’s success, and the success of other production hotspots throughout Ontario.

MovieMaker compiles its annual list based on surveys, production spending, tax incentives, additional research and personal visits, whenever possible. More information about the “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2022” list is available on the Moviemaker website Opens in new window.

“The film and television industry is booming across Ontario, thanks to competitive financial incentives, diverse locations, growing soundstage infrastructure, and leading sustainable production initiatives, like our Ontario Green Screen Program,” said Karen Thorne-Stone, President and CEO, Ontario Creates.

Screen industry infrastructure and workforce are set to expand significantly in the coming years and this creative, collaborative and increasingly diverse industry can be complex to navigate, especially at the beginning of one’s career. More information about careers in Toronto’s film industry are available on the City’s Careers in the Toronto Film Industry webpage.


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