The world in one city


Rivers, lakes, waterfalls, a canal – Ottawa has it all!

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Big City

Ottawa has doubled for Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia – even Los Angeles!

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Unique Spaces

Film-friendly locations you won’t find anywhere else.

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The countryside is only a short drive from downtown Ottawa.

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Urban & Industrial

Gritty locations that are sure to add character to your production.

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Parliamentary Precinct

Film on Parliament Hill or at one of the historic government buildings nearby.

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Peaceful courtyards and historic, stone buildings provide perfect European settings, without leaving Canada..

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Commercial Streetscapes

Small town, big city or something in between, we have your shopping scenes covered.

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Who We Are

The Film Office focuses on the continued development, retention, competitiveness, and enhancement of the city’s film and television industry. In addition, it facilitates and issues various filming permits, promotes the region as a preferred industry destination and supports the development and growth of the local industry.

Location Support

Our office cuts through the red tape for you, coordinating all filming on City of Ottawa lands so you can focus on what matters - telling your story.


Whether you’re looking for local crew, equipment, hotels or other resources, Ottawa has everything you need to make your project come in on time and on budget.

Business Development

We work with local producers and screen-based companies to help them expand and attract new projects to the National Capital Region.

Industry Promotion

We're working towards making sure that Ottawa's screen-based media industry is no longer one of the city's best kept secrets.

From the Blog

Learn more about Ottawa's film and television industry

10 Made-in-Ottawa Animated Movies and Series that are Streaming Right Now

If you grew up in Canada in the 1980s or early 90s, or had young children during that time, it’s likely you’ll remember a little show called The Raccoons. The series followed the efforts of a trio of raccoons as they strived to save their beloved Evergreen Forest from industrialist aardvark Cyril Sneer. But did you […]

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10 made-in-Ottawa movies and series that are currently streaming

To say these are challenging times would be an understatement. With productions shut down for the foreseeable future, many crew and actors have found themselves out of work, along with workers in other sectors. While we work with organizations and government entities to ensure the film and television industry – and its workforce – have […]

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So, you want to be a grip?

“What’s a grip?” If you’re not familiar with the film industry, or never searched the term after seeing it in end credits, that’s probably what you’re thinking. After all, grips represent one of the less glamourous departments found on a film set, working long, labourious hours and rarely receiving any accolades. It’s a high-pressure job […]

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