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Today at Toronto City Hall, Mayor Mel Lastman together with Film Liaison
Industry Committee co-chairs Councillor Michael Feldman and Manny Danelon, and
Brenda Librecz, Managing Director of the City's Economic Development Division,
officially opened the City of Toronto's newly consolidated Toronto Film and
Television Office (TFTO).
The new TFTO will provide services and issue permits across the entire City of
Toronto. In addition, the TFTO will promote Toronto as a premiere location
destination in North America.
"Toronto is the number one choice for film and television production in
Canada," said Mayor Mel Lastman. "Last year, production companies spent $1.3
billion here on major projects. We want to make it easy for production
companies to work in Toronto and our newly consolidated Film and Television
Office will do just that."
In 2000, the former City of Toronto Film Office issued 3,799 location filming
permits for 1,211 projects involving 7,532 shooting days.
"A centralized film and television office, with harmonized municipal by-laws
and standardized policies and procedures, make Toronto even more attractive to
major production companies, both domestic and foreign," said Brenda Librecz.
"It will also assist in promoting continued good-relations between the film and
television industry and the citizens and businesses of Toronto."
The TFTO is located on the ground floor of Toronto City Hall. Production
companies considering film projects in the city may contact 416-392-7570.