Netflix is growing its footprint in Canada by developing a production hub in Toronto. The streaming giant is leasing four sound stages, office space and support space at Cinespace Studios and leasing four sound stages and office space at Pinewood Toronto Studios.
“I’ve been excited from day one about the interest Netflix has shown in establishing a much bigger presence in Toronto,” noted Toronto Mayor John Tory. “Great crews, great studio space, great customer service and great companies like Netflix make Toronto the best place in North America to make television shows and movies.”
Netflix will use the sites for several series and films, including the horror anthology series Guillermo del Toro Presents Ten After Midnight and the film Let It Snow, according to a press release.
In 2017, Netflix pledged to invest $500 million in content production in the country over the next five years. The move will create as many as 1,850 production jobs for Canadians.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates that Ontario is now one of the most attractive places in the world for investment,” commented Honourable Michael Tibollo, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “We are creating an environment for job creators and workers to thrive, including in Ontario’s industry-leading film production sector.”
The company already leases space at British Columbia’s Martini Film Studios and has set up production sites across the country for various projects, including:
- Hemlock Grove (Toronto)
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (Vancouver)
- Lost in Space (Vancouver)
- The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Vancouver)
- 1922 (Vancouver)
- The Package (British Columbia)
- Game Over Man (Vancouver)
- Christmas Inheritance (Northern Ontario)
- Death Note (Vancouver)
- How It Ends (Winnipeg)
- Hold the Dark (Calgary and Kananaskis Country)
- The Holiday Calendar (Northern Ontario)
- In The Tall Grass (Ontario and Calgary)
- In the Shadow of the Moon (Toronto)
- Polar (Toronto)
- Always Be My Maybe (Vancouver)
- Good Sam (Montreal)
- I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (Ottawa)
- The Christmas Chronicles (Toronto)
Series that are currently filming in Canada include V-Wars in Northern Ontario, October Faction in Toronto, an untitled film starring Sam Worthington in Winnipeg, and an untitled film to be directed by Patrice Laliberté in Quebec.
The media service is also partnering with Canadian production companies for series including Anne with an E (CBC), Travelers (Showcase), Frontier (Discovery Canada) and Alias Grace (CBC).