Film and television productions add a sense of vitality, vibrancy and excitement to Toronto streets. The city has been reimagined for series such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Titans, American Gods, Suits, Umbrella Academy, Orphan Black and Designated Survivor; and for films including The Shape of Water, Shazam!, IT, Molly’s Game, A Simple Favor, Suicide Squad and Spotlight.

The following are points to note and ask about when a production company requests permission to film on-location at your property. This is a general guideline for location managers to provide as a handout to property owners/property managers.


Filming dates: What are the actual shooting days with cast and crew?

Dress dates: Are additional dates required to prepare the location for the shoot in advance of the filming dates?

Strike/clean dates: Are additional dates required to wrap and clean-up and restore the location to its original condition after shooting has completed?

Personnel & Vehicles

Personnel: How many film production personnel will be involved?

  • Crew – actual shoot crew
  • Cast – actors
  • Extras – background performers

Vehicles: How many vehicles will require parking?

  • Note: Location filming permits do not provide parking for cast and crew
  • How many production trucks
  • How many crew and extra vehicles
  • How many production trucks will be parked on private property
  • How many crew and extra vehicles will be parked on private property
  • Production trucks are allowed to park on city streets under permit
  • Cast and crew vehicles are not allowed to park on city streets and should be parked off-street.

Sets, Insurance, Fees

Set Dressing: What modifications or changes to the site will be required? Will any restoration be needed?

Insurance: Ask for your site to be named as the additional insured on the production company’s insurance policy. A cross liability clause should be included. Ask for a copy of the certificate prior to commencement of filming.

Fees: Ask for the fee to be paid in advance.
A damage deposit (by certified cheque, to be held – not cashed) should be issued to the location and held until all film related activity is completed. Once a satisfactory inspection by the location contact and location manager is done, the certified cheque is then returned to the production company.

Staff & Security

Staffing: It is advised that you have a representative of your site “on set” or available during filming, preparation and strike. The cost of this person can be charged back to the production company. Your site representative should be knowledgeable about your site (i.e. alarms, sprinkler systems, electrical panels, etc.).

Security: Is security required “on set”?

Clean-up & Lunch

Clean-up: Do you want your site cleaners or the Production Company’s cleaners to perform this work?

  • Productions are encouraged to avoid single-use and disposable materials on location, where possible, and should follow the City of Toronto’s regulations and best practices for waste diversion

Lunch: Will you be asked to supply a space for lunch? (usually the Production Company caters in lunch but will require space to seat crew/cast/extras).

  • Productions are encouraged to serve litter-less lunches by using reusable alternatives to single-use plastic cutlery, paper napkins or disposable beverage containers. Productions should consider donating any leftover meals to a food rescue program.

Electrical & Special Effects

Electrical: Will the Production Company be using your power or their own? (usually the Production Company provides their own generators but if using your electricity, you should factor in cost recovery). If your property has a green power tie-in suitable and available for film use, please discuss this option with production.

Special Effects: Will there be any special effects done on your site? (Fire, smoke, gunfire).

Communication: To avoid confusion, it is very important to maintain good lines of communication between the site representative and the location department.

Site visits: Prior to actually choosing the location, two or three site visits with minimum personnel:

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Production Designer and/or Art Director
  • Location Manager
  • Assistant Director

Other Important Points

  • If your site is chosen, a technical survey will take place with often 20 to 25 people in attendance.
  • Location fees will need to be agreed upon.
  • Managerial/security costs will need to be outlined.
  • Rules and regulations pertaining to your site need to be communicated to the Production Company.
  • Designated site representative(s) need to be identified

If you are interested in having your house or any other property that you own used for filming you can register your property online with Ontario Creates.

Call Ontario Creates directly at 416-314-6858 and ask to speak to the locations library.

Please note: The City of Toronto’s Film, Television and Digital Media Office (TFTDMO) cannot be involved in the decision to use your house for filming. We cannot recommend how much to charge the production company. This is strictly between you and the production company. However, we will be happy to confirm the legitimacy of the production, production company and location manager/assistants/scouts.