A Look At Toronto’s TV & Film Industry (2019-2022)

This article provides a look at the Toronto TV & film industry from 2019 to what can be expected in 2022. This article will also discuss The Sustainable Switch’s shift into the industry, and what we hope to accomplish.

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) acts as a hub for TV & film production, hosting a full range of industry connections, suppliers, talent, crews, facilities, and locations offerings virtually anything from pre- to post-production. In recent years, the local TV & film industry has been thriving and is only expected to further flourish in 2022.

See here for a brief look at the local industry from 2019-2022:

  • 2019

    Toronto reached a historical milestone with the local TV and film industry contributing $2.16B in film, TV, and digital media production investments. In 2019, the sector supported over 44,000 jobs, with over 1,500 screen projects being made over the span of 7,600 production days across the city.

    Some key projects made this year:

    • Locke & Key
    • Schitt’s Creek
    • The Boys
    • The Expanse
    • Jupiter’s Legacy
  • 2020

    2020 saw a setback for the industry, with productions made to close due to the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns. Then, once able to reopen, many were forced to adopt new ways to film due to continued restrictions.

    However, despite the pandemic, the local industry managed to move forward, generating $1.5B & supporting more than 29,000 jobs.

    Some key projects made this year:

    • The Handmaid’s Tale
    • Sneakerella
    • The Man From Toronto
    • Clarice
  • 2021

    In 2021, the industry came back in full force & is expected to surpass 2019 numbers. This boom in the industry is expected to continue.

    Studio space in the City is expected to grow by 63% over the next 5 years, including the availability of environmentally-friendly options. In. 2021, the number of requests from industry clients for environmentally-friendly amenities became so great that the City has decided to develop 2 energy-saving facilities.

    Some key projects made this year:

    • 12 After Midnight
    • Umbrella Academy
    • Nightmare Alley
    • Beacon 23
  • 2022

    Great things are expected for the industry in 2022, with the City of Toronto projecting a record production volume for the year. This is mainly due to these new studio builds, including a $250M innovative media hub that will provide up to 500,00 square feet of studio space and production offices.

    2022 is bound to be an exciting year for Toronto’s film industry, with a Netflix HQ being opened in the city, the beginning of the Corus Internship Program, and of course, the sustainable changes that will be made to productions by The Sustainable Switch team.

What’s Missing?

Unfortunately, the one area that has been lacking in the local TV & film offerings is the availability of environmentally-friendly options for productions. While the City is attempting to meet this demand with the development of these new power drop stations, there is much more that can and must be done.

That is where The Sustainable Switch comes in. Our firm was originally established with the goal of transforming the way businesses and governments interact with one another, our communities, and the environment. As we finish 2021 and prepare for 2022, our firm has narrowed its focus to the local TV & film industry.

Our aim is to address the demands of industry members for more eco-friendly options for productions, beyond their power usage. For instance, we will be working to redistribute food waste throughout the city, work with ethical and eco-friendly designers, and provide authentic vintage items for sets. Overall, we will be focusing our efforts on helping production teams to operate in a more efficient and conscious manner.

How do we hope to accomplish this?

Since our inception in late 2020, our team has been working to establish key connections with local businesses, organizations, and governments. At present, we are working to secure partnerships with these connections in addition to any new ones, so we can work together to provide more sustainable options for Toronto’s productions.

To learn more about our plans for TV & film in 2022, see here. For more information on our partnerships or to apply to become a partner, see here.

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