For Immediate Release
September 26, 2019
MISSISSAUGA –Mayor Crombie joined Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, senior executives from CBS and Toronto-based producers and film crews today to open the doors to CBS Stages Canada in Mississauga.
The new 260,000 square foot film studio is the first of its kind in Canada featuring six sound stages production offices and in-house set design area, capable of supporting large-scale television and film productions.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be opening the doors to CBS Stages Canada right here in Mississauga. As the second busiest filming location in the province, Mississauga is quickly becoming known as ‘Studio City North.’ This new facility will not only bring hundreds of highly-skilled jobs to our city but will put us on the international map for film and television. I’m proud that our City’s efforts over the past year to land this major investment in Mississauga have finally paid off,” said Mayor Crombie.
The Mississauga site will support CBS’s expanding slate of productions, while helping to meet the growing demand for studio space in the GTA, with several shows including In the Dark, set to film at the facility.
“We’ve been producing premium programming in the province since 2002 and we came to the realization that we not only needed additional production space, but that Mississauga, with its strong production infrastructure and long history of crafts expertise was the perfect location for our international expansion,” said David Stapf, President of CBS Television Studios.
“CBS is a global company that has had a storied history and broad footprint throughout Canada, both as a producer and distributor,” added Armando Nuñez, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Global Distribution Group. “With the addition of the new studio space we will be able to diversify and expand in ways that were not previously possible.”
By early next year, Mississauga will be home to 5 film studios totalling over 700,000 square feet of studio space, with White’s Studios also set to open their first production facility in Ontario in early 2020.
In addition to new studio space, Mississauga’s Film Office continues to experience exponential growth, with filming activity and revenue generated from the industry growing by 25 percent over the last two years.
“Today’s grand opening is proof that our strategy to grow our Mississauga’s creative industries is working. We are a place where companies choose to grow, invest and where arts, culture and heritage thrives. I’d like to thank our City’s Planning and Economic Development Office for helping CBS quickly secure the approvals needed in order to make today’s announcement possible. I also want to thank CBS Television Studios for choosing to do business in Mississauga and for the positive impact this investment will have on our local economy,” added Mayor Crombie.
Nicole McInerney, Supervisor Communications