At a Glance
- 33,000 jobs in over 500 companies
- A business volume of $1.5 billion per year, including:
- $300 million in foreign production capital
- $278 million generated by the post-production sector
- More than $300 million in direct economic spin-offs each year
- Up to 38% in tax incentives on production services
- One of the largest sound stages in Canada
- Many world leaders in special effects: Digital Dimension, Framestore, Hybride, MPC, Rodeo FX and Digital District
Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Wim Wenders, Roland Emmerich, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Darren Aronofsky and Martin Scorsese… Many are the film-makers who set up in Montréal to take advantage of the natural scenery, filming infrastructures, post-production studios, new visual effects techniques, and the financial incentives the city has to offer.
Quiet please, filming in progress!
Here are some of the films that were shot and/or produced in Greater Montréal:
The Terminal, Warm Bodies, X-Men: Days of the Future Past, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Mummy III, The Punisher, Get Smart, Death Race, Brick Mansions, Every Thing will be fine, The Young and Prodigious Spivet, Red 2, Life of Pi, White House Down, and hundreds of others.
Top Eight Reasons to Choose Greater Montréal
1. The diversity of its natural surroundings, which are absolutely unique in the world, helps create customized geographic and historic locales.
2. 50 high-tech sound stages, including one of the largest in North America—Studio H at MELS STUDIOS AND POSTPRODUCTION: 36,500 sq. ft. (3,346 m2), located just minutes from downtown Montréal.
3. Complementary services: Financing, pre-production, production, post-production, specialized production support services, release, training, R&D, to name just a few. The 500 companies in the audiovisual production sector—including about 30 world-renowned animation and special effects studios—form a network that is highly sought after by both major Hollywood studios and independent film producers.
4. A pool of experienced and creative manpower, made up of 33,000 bilingual professionals, including 3,000 technicians.
5. The strategic proximity of video game studios: With over 60 game creation studios, including Ubisoft, Gameloft, Warner Brothers Interactive, A2M, Eidos and Electronic Arts, Greater Montréal is one of the world’s video game hubs—a sizeable asset at a time when the video game industry is converging with the film industry.
6. Specialized training centres, both at the CEGEP and university levels.
7. Some of the most attractive tax and financial incentives in North America, covering up to 38% of production costs.
The Québec government’s tax rebate program—most generous and least restrictive
o 20% cashback on all expenses to Québec residents or Québec companies
o 16% bonus on labour costs associated with special effects, computer animation, and CGI and Green screen shots
o No minimum amount, no caps, no obligation to release locally
Other tax credits from the Québec government:
- Refundable tax credit for film and television production
- Refundable tax credit for film and television production services
- Refundable tax credit for film dubbing
Government of Canada tax credits:
- Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC) Program, available to Canadian production companies
- Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC) Program, available to foreign production companies
Many other tax and financial benefits are available to companies that choose the Greater Montréal Area to set up and conduct business. Contact us to find out whether you are eligible for any of the following programs:
- Research and development tax credits
- Financial assistance for job creation and training
- Tax holidays for foreign researchers and experts
- Feasibility study of an investment project
- NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program
- Strategic Support for Investment Program
- Economic Project Support Program
8. Excellent value: According to the Competitive Alternatives study conducted by KPMG in 2017, Greater Montréal provides one of the most competitive business environments in North America. The city even heads the list of the 20 largest major cities in Canada and the U.S. in terms of a company’s total operating costs as a result of competitive labour, rent and energy costs.
This cost-benefit is even greater for R&D companies thanks to the many tax incentives granted by the Québec and federal governments.
What ACTIONMTL, the Secretariat of the Metropolitan Audiovisual Cluster, Has to Say
“In addition to an unbelievable variety of scenery and landscapes, we provide competitive tax credits for labour costs associated with creation and production. When you add our infrastructures, technology resources and large pool of specialized talent in all areas of visual effects, we truly provide foreign production companies with the possibility of realizing a full range of productions. Already a leader among production centres, we are now the fourth largest visual effects centre in the world, and we will continue our growth.”