Ottawa Film Office Announces Initial Proposal To Build Ottawa’s First Soundstage Campus

The project would create over 500 new jobs and invest an additional $40 million in the local economy over the next few years

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Film Office is pleased to invite the public to come learn about its proposal to build Ottawa’s first soundstage campus and creative hub. On September 5, the Ottawa Film Office and its industry partner, TriBro Studios, will present the $40-million project at the National Capital Commission’s public consultation session, which will take place at the former Greenbelt Research Farm, the proposed site for the project.

WHAT: National Capital Commission (NCC) public consultation on the suggested amendment to its Greenbelt Master Plan
WHEN: September 5, 2018, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Greenbelt Research Farm, 1740 Woodroffe Avenue, Building 401

A 2017 report by Film Ontario suggests that Ontario studio owners turned away $260 million worth of productions last year due to a lack of available soundstages. “With the significant growth of dramatic series and the constant demand for new, original content, there has never been a better time to develop this key piece of infrastructure for our industry,” said Bruce Harvey, Ottawa’s Film Commissioner. “Based on similar projects across the country, we estimate that the proposed soundstage and creative hub will create at least 500 new jobs and generate an additional $40 million worth of productions in its first few years of operation. We look forward to sharing more information about this much-anticipated project at the NCC’s upcoming public consultation.”

“As the fourth largest metropolitan centre in Canada, the National Capital Region has a rich film and television production history. When we decided to expand, it was a no-brainer to build this soundstage campus and creative hub here in Ottawa,” said Peter Apostolopoulos, President of TriBro Studios. “These new purpose-built soundstages are part of our significant expansion plans, and we are very excited about this new chapter in TriBro’s history. Our personal commitment to this industry is an important one and will help with the continued growth and success of film and television production in Ontario.”

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About the Ottawa Film Office
The Ottawa Film Office is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help stimulate Ottawa’s economy by attracting film and television production to the region, fostering the growth and development of the local film, television and animation industry, and promoting the region as a preferred industry destination. Its services include location support and film permitting, production attraction and development, and industry and government liaison and advocacy.

About TriBro Studios
TriBro Studios is a production facilities company which owns and operates over 200,000 square feet of film and television production studios in Toronto. TriBro Studios is an affiliate company of Triple Group of Companies, a real estate asset management company primarily focused on retail, industrial, commercial, entertainment, and hospitality properties. TriBro Studiosupcoming development of an additional 450,000 sq. ft. of purpose-built soundstages in Southern Ontario will add a significant footprint to Ontario’s soundstage infrastructure.

Media contact:
Stephanie Davy
Marketing and Communications Officer
Ottawa Film Office
613.695.1955 (office)
613.240.4338 (mobile)
[email protected]