Pinewood Toronto Studios

Filming in Ontario

Global destination for Film and TV production

Boasting a wealth of local creative talent and skilled technicians, Ontario offers some of the world’s best and most varied locations. Toronto easily doubles for other major North American cities such as NYC, Chicago, Detroit or LA.

With generous and bankable federal and provincial tax incentives, Toronto is one of the most popular global destinations for film and TV production.

•    8 Flights per day to Los Angeles
•    One hour by air from NYC
•    Generous and bankable federal tax incentives
•    Provincial incentives and low production costs
•    Wealth of local creative talent and skilled technicians
•    Diverse locations
•    Toronto can double for NYC, Chicago, Detroit or LA

Generous and bankable tax incentives

Toronto offers generous and bankable tax incentives – from two levels of government. Both the Ontario (provincial) and Canadian (federal) governments operate rich incentive programs for film and television production expenses.

Eligible expenses include:

  • Labour
  • Equipment purchase or rental
  • Visual effects (VFX)
  • Computer animation
  • Canadian content (CanCon)

All applicable tax credits are bankable with Canadian financial institutions and are managed swiftly and accurately so that you can have access to financing for your production while it's in progress.

Film & Television Productions

Ontario services a 21.5% tax credit for eligible film and television productions. The federal government also offers an additional tax credit of 16% for service productions.

Domestic and Co-Productions

For domestic productions and co-productions, Ontario provides a 35% tax credit on eligible Ontario labour expenditures with an additional 10% regional bonus. The federal government also offers 25% (for domestic productions) on Canadian labour costs.

VFX and Animation

An additional 18% is provided for eligible labour on VFX and animation activities in Ontario including on-set labour costs for green-screen shooting.

Doubles for other major North American cities

Ontario offers some of the world’s best and most varied locations. Toronto easily doubles for other major North American cities such as NYC, Chicago, Detroit or LA.

Toronto is absolutely film friendly and these are the best crews one could imagine.
Atom Egoyan, Director/Writer/Producer