Filming in Greater Sudbury
The City of Greater Sudbury is Northern Ontario's hub for filming.
Recognized worldwide for its regional film incentives, studio and post-production services and crew base, Sudbury has welcomed productions from CBC, Netflix, City TV, Hallmark and more.
The varied topography spans over 3,600 km and includes 330 lakes, while the urban downtown, commercial, industrial and residential areas have played backdrop as Los Angeles, small town USA, Toronto, Montreal and the prairies.
Our city has attracted 72 productions since 2015.
Our film-friendly policies and no-permit fees are facilitated through the Economic Development Film Office.
- Customized fam tours and scouting assistance
- Streamlined film permitting through one point of contact
- Access to municipal facilities
- Referrals to funding programs
- Service coordination among local providers
- Liaising with community partners
"Sudbury has been the fastest-growing market in Canada for film and television over the last three years. The hope is to continue growing this industry here, and in order to do that we have to get producers locating to Sudbury so our local film producers and crews can continue to grow and learn. We want to keep this industry alive and there truly is top quality service being provided here in Sudbury."- Paul Bronfman, William F. White International
Top Reasons to Film in Sudbury
Sites like no other
From rocky cliffs and pristine lakes to open fields and urban downtowns, our topography can suit a variety of backdrops, and our Sudburian mine sites have been featured in a number of productions. Combined with four very distinct seasons, you can get what you are looking for in Greater Sudbury.
Access to Special Financial Incentives
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) supports film and television development and production in Sudbury through its generous funding programs. Production companies shooting in Sudbury can benefit from provincial and federal tax credits, including the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canada Production Services Tax Credit.
The Northern Ontario Film Studios features a 20,000 square foot main stage floor and has everything to service your production needs. You can base your whole production here. Companies including Hideaway Pictures, Northern Light & Colour, William F. White International, Gallus Entertainment, Carte Blanche Films, Copperworks Consulting, 46th Parallel Management and MAS Casting have dedicated track records and are committed to the development of the film industry in Northern Ontario. Find more regional resources and services here.
Keep production costs low by working with local professionals rather than paying the expenses of an out-of-town crew. From set designers,to sound and light technicians, to hair and makeup artists, you'll find highly skilled individuals wanting to contribute to your project. Cultural Industries Ontario North (CION) has a crew database and resources available to assist with you project.
Sudbury is really close to the action. We're in close proximity to the major film centre of Toronto. It's only a 1-hour flight away and is serviced by affordable, commercial airlines including Air Canada and Porter. Or you can drive here on the new four-lane highway, which is a smooth commute in less than 4 hours.
"Crews are fantastic, the landscape is diverse, the terrain is beautiful and people are great. When I first started coming up it was a big mystery on what's happening in Sudbury and what's happening in Northern Ontario. With this industry here there was a lot of skepticism and I think we've opened up the door and let people know that it's real, it's legit, it's happening...it's not far away and life is pretty awesome up here."- Mark Montefiore, New Metric Media
Over 100 film and television
productions since 2012
Average of 660
film days per year
Direct economic impact of
over $136M since 2012
Be a part of the success of our city's growing film industry.
Take a look at this list of successful films and series shot in Sudbury:
"Sudbury is well positioned geographically within the Northern Ontario, and it will likely attract more and more productions every year...As more producers discover what Sudbury has to offer, additional services begin setting up shop to service this growing film and television community as we have done."- Pasha Patriki, Northern Light & Colour
Greater Sudbury is one of the largest cities in Canada by land area. Sudbury has a variety of cultural, residential and industrial locales ideal for film and television production. Its geographically and architecturally diverse locations are great for modern day or period pieces. The city can double as any number of metropolitan areas.
See for yourself. Take a look at our city with this locations library maintained by Ontario Creates. Plus, our local scouting professionals have established contacts and can help you sort through the sites and find your ideal filming locations.
Get Your Property Listed
Whether the production is film, television or shorts and commercials productions are always looking for appropriate locations for filming. If you are a property owner and have interest you can list your property in the Ontario Media Development Corporations Digital Location Library.
Planning & Permits
The City of Greater Sudbury has developed filming policies to accommodate a growing local film industry.
Filming in busy residential and business areas requires appropriate neighbourhood notification.
Here is the template to be used for notifying neighbours of filming activity.
"We know first-hand how flexible and accommodating the City of Greater Sudbury can be when the heat is on to make things happen quickly. Staff and council at the City have made miracles happen for us and for other producers, and we hope they continue to for years to come!"- Dennis Landry, Copperworks Consulting
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)
The NOHFC supports film and television development and production in Greater Sudbury as a crown corporation and development agency of the Provincial Government. This work is done through the Northern Business Opportunity Program - Film and Television Industry Projects.
To learn about funding for business expansion projects, small business start-up projects and the internship program visit the NOHFC Programs page.
Competitive Tax Incentives
Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit
The Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit based upon eligible Ontario labour expenditures incurred by a qualifying production company with respect to an eligible Ontario production. The OFTTC is generally "harmonized" with the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.
Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit
The Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit based on eligible Ontario labour expenditures incurred by a qualifying corporation during a taxation year with respect to eligible computer animation and special effects activities. The OCASE Tax Credit may be claimed on eligible expenditures in addition to the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit (OFTTC) or the Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC).
Ontario Production Services Tax Credit
The Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC) is a refundable tax credit based upon eligible Ontario labour and other production expenditures incurred by a qualifying corporation with respect to an eligible film or television production.
Film Facilities & Services
Sudbury boasts world-class film services and the industry continues to grow.
The Northern Ontario Film Studios features a 20,000 square foot main stage floor and has everything to service your production needs. You can base your whole production here. Companies including Hideaway Pictures, Northern Light & Colour, William F. White International, Gallus Entertainment, Carte Blanche Films, Copperworks Consulting, 46th Parallel Management and MAS Casting have dedicated track records and are committed to the development of the film industry in Northern Ontario.
Find more regional resources and services here.
Business Development Officer
Greater Sudbury Development Corporation
Telephone: 705-674-4455 ext. 4429