Seasoned producers, directors, production designers, and location managers together with award-winning animators, visual/special effects professionals, game developers and a large multicultural pool of actors, are supported by many unions, guilds, associations and government supports.

These professionals are what has made Toronto a global centre of excellence for screen-based arts.

The TFTDMO was established in 1979 to provide economic development and support to the local production community, and to promote Toronto as a major production centre. The office has actively supported the development of initiatives that have become standards for the industry, including progressive location management practices and a computerized location filming permit system with on-line application capabilities. The TFTDMO is a member of the AFCI (Association of Film Commissioners International).

Since its inception, the TFTDMO has assisted thousands of productions including: feature films, movies for television, mini-series, television specials, television series, television productions, commercials, non-broadcasts, documentaries, music videos, interactive video and student productions.

The TFTDMO operates through a cost-recovery policy and is not a profit centre. The policy recognizes the City’s fiscal realities while continuing to provide support for Toronto’s film sector. Departments, agencies, boards and commissions are compensated for direct costs incurred and/or established revenues lost as a result of filming. Production companies are required to pay for the use of metered spots for parking production vehicles; the production company pays the same rate per hour as would a member of the public. When filming on City property, a film company is responsible for paying out-of-pocket expenses involved with the filming event (staff overtime, security, etc).

The TFTDMO has a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Every production that comes to the City is assigned a Film Officer dedicated to their project. Call or write to us and let us know how we can assist you.

The Toronto Film, Television & Digital Media Board (Film Board) provides advice to the Mayor and City Council on ways to strengthen and grow the film, television and digital media industries to ensure the competitiveness and viability of the sector.

Film Board background

The Board has worked on many issues of local concern and was one of the stakeholders that successfully lobbied Queen’s Park to change the tax credit; spoke to Canadian content issues at the CRTC; and continues to promote Toronto as a great location for film, television and digital media productions.

Members appointed sit as individuals and not as representatives of any one organization. Their combined skills, qualifications and experience demonstrate the following:

  • Detailed knowledge of the screen-based industries (film, TV, interactive, commercials);
  • Links to key industry stakeholders;
  • Awareness of research, trends and projected changes in the industry;
  • Understanding of industry issues and risks for Toronto-based companies and work force;
  • Familiarity with by-laws, legislation and regulations governing the screen-based industries;
  • Connections to national organizations and agencies recommending policy and regulating the industry;
  • Success in marketing and promotion; and
  • Experience with business management, labour relations, strategic planning.

The term of office coincides with the term of Council (ends fall of 2018). The Board meets quarterly.

Film Board members

Council members

  • Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair
  • Councillor Norman Kelly
  • Councillor Jaye Robinson

Industry members

  • Jonathan Ahee, President, NABET 700 UNIFOR
  • Neishaw Ali, Co-President, Computer Animation Studios of Ontario
  • Maxine Bailey, Vice-President, Advancement, TIFF
  • Douglas Barrett, Professor, Schulich School of Business
  • David Carter, President, Canada Film Capital
  • Ken Dhaliwal, Partner, LLP, Entertainment Law Group
  • Shelley Erikson, Writer and Executive Producer
  • Victoria Harding, Associate Executive Director, Directors Guild of Canada, Ontario
  • David Hardy, Vice President, Industry and Government Relations, Comweb Corp
  • Alistair Hepburn, Director, Film, Television and Digital Media, ACTRA Toronto
  • Sarah Ker-Hornell, President, SKH Consulting
  • Cynthia Lynch, Managing Director and Counsel, FilmOntario
  • Louis Major, Vice President, Technicolor Canada
  • Peter Miller, Chair, Interactive Ontario
  • Jim Mirkopoulos, Vice President, Cinespace Film Studios
  • Monty Montgomerie, Business Agent, I.A.T.S.E. Local 873
  • Roger Nair, CEO, Roger Nair Productions
  • Wendy Noss, Executive Director, Motion Picture Association – Canada
  • Warren Ross, Vice-President, National Industrial Relations & Senior Counsel, Canadian Media Producers Association
  • Jennifer Stewart, Director, Marketing & Development, The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television

ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing over 15,000 of Canada’s acting, stunt and background professionals.

Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization that represents over 3,800 key creative and logistical personnel in the film and television industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing.

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (I.A.T.S.E.) represents workers in a number of crafts, with the majority employed in motion picture and television production. IATSE members are integral to the production, distribution and exhibition of motion pictures and television. Three I.A.T.S.E. Locals operate in Toronto:

  • I.A.T.S.E. Local 411 represents production coordinators, assistant coordinators, production secretaries, craft service providers, and honey wagon operators.
  • I.A.T.S.E. Local 667 International Cinematographers Guild represents the camera crews and unit publicists who work on all forms of motion picture production, as well as personnel in several television stations.
  • I.A.T.S.E. 873 represents motion picture technicians.

NABET 700-M UNIFOR is a union of film, television and new media technicians that has serviced the greater Toronto area for over 45 years. NABET 700-M UNIFOR currently has over 3,000 qualified technicians in fifteen departments of the film and television industry

Toronto Musicians’ Association, Local 149 of the American Federation of Musicians represents over 3,500 Toronto-area professional musicians in all facets of music.

Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) represents more than 2,000 professional English-language screenwriters in Canada.

Canadian Production Association of Toronto (CPAT) is the not-for-profit trade association for the television commercial production industry in Toronto.

Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) is Canada’s leading trade association for independent producers representing almost 400 companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films and digital media.

Computer Animation Studios of Ontario (CASO) is a new association dedicated to promoting and growing the Ontario Animation and Visual Effects industry.

Ontario Creates
Ontario Creates, an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, promotes, enhances and leverages investment, jobs and original content creation in the province’s book and magazine publishing, film and television, music and interactive digital media industries.

Ontario Ministry of Labour
The Ministry of Labour through the Ontario Film and Television Safety committee have developed specific safety guidelines for people working in this industry.