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3rd Summit of Canadian Film Commissions Launches A Canada-wide Network

September 16th , 2019 – As part of TIFF 2019, the Quebec Film & Television Council (QFTC) collaborated with the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) to organize the third and final Canadian Film Commissions Summit. The initiative brought together 22 participants, including more than 10 new delegates.

This third edition concluded the project to bring together and unify film Commissions across the country towards common business objectives and practices. The organizers are proud to say mission accomplished!

“Over the course of this year, we organized summits in Gatineau, Vancouver and Toronto to maximize the accessibility for all film offices,” said QFTC Commissioner Chanelle Routhier, who initiated the national project. “As a result of hearing so many Canadian voices, I’m confident this new network will serve the country’s film and television industry as well as local communities – and Canadian economic development.”

Over the three summits, representatives of seven Canadian provinces – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador – were joined by delegates from the three federal territories – Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon. In total, over 60 attendees – with several participating in more than one summit – took part in these events.

In addition to voting on formalizing the Canadian Film Commissions communications network, members discussed best practices with topics including communications, growth, research methods and training/talent.

“The collaboration and discussions during the summit demonstrated how much film offices have in common despite wide variations in scope, resources, and location,” said Vancouver film Commissioner David Shepheard. “While a number of short-term goals and action items were hashed out over the meeting, the summit also teased the long-term role of this network in training and professional development of future Film Commissioners to maintain the standards of global productions are used to receiving from Canadian Film offices.”

These three summits were made possible thanks to the grant and support of the Secrétariat aux relations canadiennes from the Government of Quebec.

Participants of the 3rd Canadian Film Commissions Summit in Toronto

Canadian Film Commissions: The Next Steps

Following these three summits, film office representatives will maintain a Canada-wide communication network of film offices via online platforms, supplemented by quarterly calls with all Canadian film offices. These communications tools will allow the various jurisdictions to share and exchange information on their business practices in order to promote Canadian economic development.

The newly created group of Canadian Film Commissions will work and collaborate with the APFA group (Association of Provincial & Territory Funding Agencies).


The QFTC and VEC would like to warmly thank the Secrétariat aux relations canadiennes, the Government of Quebec, the Quebec Office in Toronto and the private partners who made these three summits possible: Cabinet St-Lawrence, partner of the first summit in Gatineau, Portable Electric, partner of the second summit in Vancouver, and Entertainment Partners, partner of the third summit in Toronto.

We would also like to thank all the participants and the various stakeholders who made these three summits possible.

About the QFTC

The QFTC is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 that contributes to the development and competitiveness of Quebec as a world-class multi-screen production centre. As an economic development agency, its mission is to generate investment in Quebec through competitive tax incentive programs, the expertise of industry members, architectural diversity, the quality of its infrastructure and the industry’s ability to export its products to foreign markets.

The QFTC is supported by its partners: Air Canada, National Bank of Canada, BFL Canada, Corporate Stays, Demers Beaulne, Difuze Inc., EP Canada, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Front Row Insurance Brokers, Hôtel Gault/Monville, Hybride, MELS, Miller Thomson, Grande Studios, PwC, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Rodeo FX, William Gray Hotel as well as from federal, provincial and municipal governments.

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Informations : 
Laurence Gagnon
Communications Agent
514-499-7070 #239

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