Toronto ranked one of world’s most popular filming destinations

Jan 5 2019, 3:52 am

Toronto is widely known around the world as a scenic destination, but now it seems the city has secured serious popularity with film companies around the world as a place to shoot scenes of their own.

Those findings come courtesy of a study by insurance company GoCompare, which broke down popular film shoot locations around the world.

The study used data from IMDb to create the list of top cities, countries, and attractions used in cinema today, and Toronto lands in the top 20.

Toronto ranks at the 15th spot, just behind Vancouver.


The past couple of years were big for film and television production in Toronto, as the city hit its second highest level ever at $1.8 billion in 2017.

That was the third consecutive year that domestic and foreign film, television, digital, and commercial production investments in Toronto contributed more than $1.5 billion to the city’s economy.

“We’re proud of Toronto’s film and television industry and we want it to continue to grow,” said Mayor John Tory at the time.

“We will keep working with our industry partners so they have what they need to create jobs, attract talent and contribute to the economy. Whether the final product will be on the big screen, the small screen, or streamed online, we want that production to be a made-in-Toronto production.”

Recent Toronto-based productions include the film, The Shape of Water, which was shot in Toronto, and cleaned house during award season last year, receiving the most nominations for the Oscars and Golden Globes.

Do you recognize Toronto here? / The Shape of Water Trailer (YouTube)

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is another on-going Toronto-based production, with filming spotted in the region last fall.

Film and television production in Toronto showed no sign of slowing down last year, as the eighth season of Suits, Umbrella Academy, and It: Chapter 2 all shot across the city.

Currently, there are several movies and TV shows filming in the city, so the chance of spotting your favourite stars on location in our city is pretty high as well.

With files from Ainsley Smith

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