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Feb 22, 2017 Return to Headlines

Record Setting Year for Coquitlam’s Film Sector

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, Feb. 22, 2017 – The City of Coquitlam attracted a record number of film and television productions in 2016, with the number of permits issued representing an 80-per-cent increase over the previous year.

A total of 196 permits were issued in 2016, compared with 109 in 2015. And that growth shows no signs of slowing down, thanks to B.C.’s booming film sector, fuelled by the low Canadian dollar and the province’s 28% tax credit.

As illustrated below, Coquitlam’s Film Office has seen increasing growth in the past five years.

YEAR INQUIRIES PERMITS ISSUED REVENUES TO THE CITY 
2012 150 75 $53,295
2013 195 100 $55,570
2014 200 102 $75,000
2015 250 109 $87,000
2016 413 196 $263,000

 

Recognizing the economic benefits this sector offers to the community, City Council approved the 2017-2022 Coquitlam Film Strategy, which outlines strategic initiatives to retain and attract film sector business. This includes three key areas of focus: program management and improvement; retention and expansion; and marketing and attraction. 

Escalating interest in Coquitlam is largely due to its proximity to Vancouver, the success of its “one-stop” film office, and the city’s extensive location inventory, from vast parks and forests to unique landscapes and buildings, including the provincially-owned Riverview Hospital Lands, which is one of the top locations for filming in all of North America.

Coquitlam’s “one-stop” film office coordinates the permitting process with various City departments and provides convenient services to the film sector. City staff also work with location scouts to provide information on places suitable for future productions. 

Did you know…?

  • Coquitlam has been the backdrop to numerous television series, including Once Upon a Time, The Flash, Supergirl, iZombie, Prison Break, Bates Motel and Lucifer. Big Hollywood productions that have filmed here include Twilight, War for the Planet of the Apes and Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • TV series Supernatural has filmed at many Coquitlam locations over the years, including Minnekhada Lodge in Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam Sleepy Lodge Motel and Mundy Park.
  • Other prime film locations include Town Centre Park, the Coast Mountains and the forested area of Upper Coquitlam River Park. 
  • Productions that were filmed on the Riverview Lands include The X-Files TV series, Timeless, The 100, DC's Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow.
  • The City of Coquitlam is home to one of Metro Vancouver’s newest film studios 
  • Coquitlam last year became one of the first communities in B.C. to create a dedicated Film Program Strategy, which was revised following feedback from the film sector.
  • B.C.’s film industry totalled $2 billion in 2014/2015, making it the third-largest production centre in North America. Approximately 42,000 people work in the industry in B.C., 80 per cent of which live in the Metro Vancouver region.
  • More than 1,000 Coquitlam residents are employed in the film sector.

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Media contact:
David Munro
Manager of Economic Development
City of Coquitlam
604-927-3442
dmunro@coquitlam.ca