It’s called “Hollywood North” for a reason.
Film and TV production is a massive industry in Toronto, employing about 35,000 people, and annually generating over $2.5 billion in direct economic activity. About 1500 film, TV commercials and music video productions are shot in the city every year. Toronto ranks behind only New York and Los Angeles as an exporter of TV programming in North America.
And while much of that production currently takes place on the huge sound stages located near the city’s waterfront, Downsview has long been a major player in Toronto film and TV production.