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Toronto plans new film studio facilities

Th Strain in TorontoToronto is planning to develop new film studio facilities to continue building its production industry as a global hub. 

Speaking at Cinespace Film Studios Toronto, mayor John Tory announced plans to identify more city-owned sites suitable for the development of more production infrastructure.

“We are going to start by identifying possible city-owned assets in terms of buildings and land that might contribute to this cause in one way or another,” Tory said, in comments reported by Toronto outlet CP24. 

“We are then going to try to deal with the parking issue better because that is a challenge that I know many of you face when you are doing productions. We are going to look to identify off street parking, maybe on city land.”   

The mayor added that he wanted better engagement between studio production crews and local communities to help facilitate location filming in the city. He also called for the creation of more specialised crew roles to help increase the experience Toronto can offer as a city.

Cinespace Film Studios is particularly popular for TV shoots and last year hosted shows including The Strain (pictured above), the short-lived Minority Report, 12 Monkeys and 11/22/63. Pinewood Toronto Studios is favoured for high-profile feature shoots, but is also set to host a new Star Trek TV series.  

Overall foreign production spending in Toronto came to C$760m in 2015, an increase of more than C$250m on the previous year, according to figures from the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

Ontario is in fact the number three production hub in the whole of North America, behind only New York and California.

For more on filming in Ontario see our production guide.

Image: FX Networks