The Film and TV Industry continues to give a boost to the local economy.
Mayor Al McDonald announced activity in the industry picked up again this year after slowing in 2020 due to the pandemic.
He says there were 17 productions this year, bringing in over $31 million.
“It goes to our local businesses, our citizens that are employed on the film sets, our hotels, our restaurants. It’s not money that comes to the City of North Bay,” Mcdonald says. “That $31 million is spent directly in our community.”
The figures include 207 filming days at 87 different locations.
Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing, says even more filming is on the way.
“Whenever we do (Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation) announcements we fight very hard for North Bay, so we’re going to see another dozen productions here over the next year. That’s really unrivaled outside of Toronto,” he says.
The city has partnered with the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce and Tourism North Bay to launch a new guide early next year that will connect the film industry to local businesses.
“Local businesses and the film and television companies that have chosen to come to the region for their production will be working together,” says Anthony Rota, Nipissing-Timiskaming MP. “The film and television industry is a growing sector for our area and partnerships like this are key to maintaining that growth and momentum allowing everyone to prosper.”
Local companies and businesses interested in having their products or services included in the guide can register at Tourism North Bay’s website.
“Every dollar spent in the district from this industry is great for the local business community and we are thrilled to be partnering on this initiative,” says Peter Chirico, President & CEO of the North Bay & Chamber of Commerce.
The City of North Bay’s Economic Development Department has also released a new video showcasing the variety of local industry supports and growing infrastructure.