Cambridge, Ontario, delivers record-breaking year of productions

The Canadian city has hosted Amazon Prime Video series Reacher and Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.

Canadian city, Cambridge, had a record-breaking year of productions in 2021, despite COVID-19 disruptions to productions, according to a report from the City of Cambridge.

The report claims after a pause on the issuance of film permits from January to June, filming inquiries exceeded historical averages by approximately 20% (65 total inquiries). In addition, days of filming exceeded those same averages by approximately 259% (75 total days of filming).

Amazon Prime Video series Reacher was the first project to shoot in the city in June, followed by hit Hulu drama, The Handmaid's Tale, and Genesis International's long-running local series, Murdoch Mysteries. 

“Cambridge is such an incredible backdrop for so many film projects, with incredible views and a sense of community like no other,” said local mayor Kathryn McGarry. “With three unique cores areas and natural landscapes, Cambridge has a lot to offer the creative industry, and that adds to our overall economic wellbeing. Thanks to all who have welcomed the film industry with open arms. We’re looking forward to a strong 2022.”

“Film projects bring investment into the city we may not see otherwise,” added James Goodram, director of economic development. “Industry professionals stay in our hotels, support our local businesses and promote our community to a global audience. As the creative sector grows across the province, we have an opportunity to use location filming as a catalyst for longer term workforce development programs and employment in the arts. Implementing a film strategy to capitalize on future growth and opportunity, will allow us to focus on building partnerships across a broad range of stakeholders, and ensure that Cambridge remains a destination of choice for this industry.”

Cambridge, Ontario, delivers record-breaking year of productions
Reacher. Credit: Amazon Prime Video
Cambridge, Ontario, delivers record-breaking year of productions
Reacher. Credit: Amazon Prime Video

Canadian city, Cambridge, had a record-breaking year of productions in 2021, despite COVID-19 disruptions to productions, according to a report from the City of Cambridge.

The report claims after a pause on the issuance of film permits from January to June, filming inquiries exceeded historical averages by approximately 20% (65 total inquiries). In addition, days of filming exceeded those same averages by approximately 259% (75 total days of filming).

Amazon Prime Video series Reacher was the first project to shoot in the city in June, followed by hit Hulu drama, The Handmaid's Tale, and Genesis International's long-running local series, Murdoch Mysteries. 

“Cambridge is such an incredible backdrop for so many film projects, with incredible views and a sense of community like no other,” said local mayor Kathryn McGarry. “With three unique cores areas and natural landscapes, Cambridge has a lot to offer the creative industry, and that adds to our overall economic wellbeing. Thanks to all who have welcomed the film industry with open arms. We’re looking forward to a strong 2022.”

“Film projects bring investment into the city we may not see otherwise,” added James Goodram, director of economic development. “Industry professionals stay in our hotels, support our local businesses and promote our community to a global audience. As the creative sector grows across the province, we have an opportunity to use location filming as a catalyst for longer term workforce development programs and employment in the arts. Implementing a film strategy to capitalize on future growth and opportunity, will allow us to focus on building partnerships across a broad range of stakeholders, and ensure that Cambridge remains a destination of choice for this industry.”

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