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Netflix commits $500m to Canada location filming

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Netflix has created a new production company that will spend CA$500m on location filming in Canada over the next five years.

Netflix Canada will be the first production entity of its kind established by the streaming platform outside the US. The company will work extensively with Canadian producers and production firms to create original content in both English and French.

“Fans around the world are already falling in love with Netflix originals produced in Canada,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. 

“Today’s announcement affirms there’s more to come as Netflix launches Netflix Canada, our permanent production presence in Canada. We look forward to continuing our work with Canadian talent, producers, broadcasters and other local partners to create Netflix originals in Canada for many years to come.”

Toronto and Vancouver – currently home to Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (pictured) – are already firmly established as major production hubs for the whole of North America with world-class studio facilities, generous filming incentives and deep crew bases.

Montreal is currently hosting its third X-Men movie and Alberta has had a profile boost with a new studio facility and the acclaimed Fargo TV series. Netflix’s decision to make a long-term financial commitment to Canada makes sense as the country’s overall production prominence continues to grow.

Netflix’s deep financial resources have also enabled the company to pledge a greater commitment to production in California, despite the state’s more limited tax credit support for big-budget shoots. 

See KFTV's provincial guides for more on filming in Canada.

Main page image: Alexander Martin. A Series of Unfortunate Events image: Joe Lederer/Netflix