Filming Fun Facts

The last three years have seen record high number of film permits in the City. But what does that really mean for you as a resident?

Well, the film industry benefits the City is ways you may not necessarily think of, so much more than just seeing fleeting glances of local streets, homes and City landmarks on your TV.


  • There is a reason why everyone seems to know someone in the film biz – the City has the highest percentage of film workers, per capita, than any other municipality in BC.

  • Did you know at least 1,000 City residents are directly employed by the film industry? Collectively they earned over $27million in 2015! That's a lot of payroll coming into the City.
  • Did you know that there are four film studios on the North Shore? Two of them are in the City. Plus the City has digital media and sound studios and other amazing production services.
  • Think of the impact on local businesses? Who provides food, lodging and other services to cast, crews and other workers connected with each production? This in turn generates more business and jobs for residents in the City - it's a win-win situation.

Income & Philanthropy:

  • Over $370K was generated in 2016 from film permits.
  • An additional $8,250 was donated to the City's Youth in Film Program. This enabled bursaries for youth in the City to gain training, experience and hands-on knowledge of the film industry.
  • When “The Arrangement” filmed at the Hall in Fall 2016 they donated the cost of one full bursary.
  • 50 Shades had a heartbreaking scene filmed at the Cemetery parkland. And the production donated the costs of two new trees to be planted at this cherished location,
  • When Zoo filmed outside the library, bringing animation, SWAT teams and a dramatic scene to the area, they also donated $5k to the library foundation as a way of saying thank you to all the booklovers that were inconvenienced by the filming. (That is a lot of books!)
  • The film industry has also brought many other benefits to the City. For instance, they have paid for graffiti removal in parks prior to filming.

So what's in it for you?

  • Well, you can regularly play the "ooohh that's not _____ (fill in the blank with - New York/Seattle/San Francisco) its _____ (2nd and Lonsdale / the park around the corner / the Quay / Shipbuilders' Square)" game at home with your family.
  • Lookout for famous actors or observe high speed chases from a distance.
  • Perhaps loan your home. For more information on how to do this, review Your Property as a Film Location.

Contact Info

Clare Husk
Film & Shipyards Liaison
Tel: 604-982-3910
Cell: 604-679-2525

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