Film in Toronto

Resources

Seasoned producers, directors, production designers, and location managers together with award-winning animators, visual/special effects professionals, game developers and a large multicultural pool of actors, are supported by many unions, guilds, associations and government supports.

These professionals are what has made Toronto a global centre of excellence for screen-based arts.

The Toronto Film,Television & Digital Media Office (TFTDMO)

The TFTDMO was established in 1979 to provide economic development and support to the local production community, and to promote Toronto as a major production centre. The office has actively supported the development of initiatives that have become standards for the industry, including progressive location management practices and a computerized location filming permit system with on-line application capabilities. The TFTDMO is a member of the AFCI (Association of Film Commissioners International).

Since its inception, the TFTDMO has assisted thousands of productions including: feature films, movies for television, mini-series, television specials, television series, television productions, commercials, non-broadcasts, documentaries, music videos, interactive video and student productions.

The TFTDMO operates through a cost-recovery policy and is not a profit centre. The policy recognizes the City’s fiscal realities while continuing to provide support for Toronto’s film sector. Departments, agencies, boards and commissions are compensated for direct costs incurred and/or established revenues lost as a result of filming. Production companies are required to pay for the use of metered spots for parking production vehicles; the production company pays the same rate per hour as would a member of the public. When filming on City property, a film company is responsible for paying out-of-pocket expenses involved with the filming event (staff overtime, security, etc).

The TFTDMO has a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Every production that comes to the City is assigned a Film Officer dedicated to their project. Call or write to us and let us know how we can assist you.

Unions and Guilds

ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing over 15,000 of Canada's acting, stunt and background professionals.

Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization that represents over 3,800 key creative and logistical personnel in the film and television industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing.

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (I.A.T.S.E.) represents workers in a number of crafts, with the majority employed in motion picture and television production. IATSE members are integral to the production, distribution and exhibition of motion pictures and television. Three I.A.T.S.E. Locals operate in Toronto:

  • I.A.T.S.E. Local 411 represents production coordinators, assistant coordinators, production secretaries, craft service providers, and honey wagon operators.
  • I.A.T.S.E. Local 667 International Cinematographers Guild represents the camera crews and unit publicists who work on all forms of motion picture production, as well as personnel in several television stations.
  • I.A.T.S.E. 873 represents motion picture technicians.

NABET Local 700 – CEP represents film and television technicians servicing the Toronto area.

Toronto Musicians' Association, Local 149 of the American Federation of Musicians represents over 3,500 Toronto-area professional musicians in all facets of music.   

Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) represents more than 2,000 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada.

Associations

Canadian Production Association of Toronto (CPAT) is the not-for-profit trade association for the television commercial production industry in Toronto.

Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) is Canada's leading trade association for independent producers representing almost 400 companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films and digital media.

Computer Animation Studios of Ontario (CASO) is a new association dedicated to promoting and growing the Ontario Animation and Visual Effects industry.

Provincial government

Ontario Media Development Corporation
The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of the Ontario
Ministry of Tourism and Culture, promotes, enhances and leverages investment, jobs and original content creation in the province’s book and magazine publishing, film and television, music and interactive digital media industries.

Ontario Ministry of Labour
The Ministry of Labour through the Ontario Film and Television Safety committee have developed specific safety guidelines for people working in this industry.