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Visual effects: What makes Montréal so special

Over the past 10 years, the city has established itself as one of the world’s leading visual effects and animation hubs, with a cost advantage of 31% over the average of the 20 largest metropolitan areas in Canada and the United States. It’s no surprise that many foreign companies are choosing to come to Montréal.

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workers in animation and visual effects
in total revenue for 2022
college and university programs in Québec

Montréal is the place to be for foreign companies seeking top talent in visual effects and IT architecture.

The strong concentration of local and foreign studios has contributed to Montréal’s reputation as a global leader in visual effects and animation. Their common strengths? Access to top-notch expertise and an ultra-competitive business environment.

  1. Creative and highly specialized workers trained at the finest post-secondary institutions
  2. The most competitive operating costs among the 20 largest cities in Canada and the United States
  3. A diverse ecosystem, allowing for the production of any size of films
  4. A quality of life that attracts and retains the world’s best talent
  5. Tax credits that can cover up to 43% of labour costs

They chose Montréal

“ Montréal’s popularity is a big advantage when you’re recruiting abroad. It’s a very livable, welcoming and creative city that has won the hearts of artists and professionals from all over the world. ”

Émilie Dussault

Country Head & President, Technicolor Canada

“ Cinesite Montréal’s success has surpassed all of our expectations. Five years later, the things that make Montréal so attractive are still there. The city’s got talent, creative potential and a vibrant tech culture. Add to that the competitive operating costs and Montréal International’s constant support, and you’ve got a perfect ecosystem for innovative businesses like ours. ”

Graham Peddie

Chief Operating Officer, Cinesite Montréal

“ Montréal is the perfect base for DNEG. With its highly creative people and business-friendly structures, we felt at home really quickly. In a short amount of time, we've had great success building an extremely talented team and delivering top-quality work on some very exciting projects.”

Gavin Graham

General Manager, DNEG

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