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Hamilton Film and Television Office

Hamilton has become a very popular destination for filmmakers and the Hamilton Film & Television Office and the citizens of Hamilton are committed to further development of this industry.

The City of Hamilton will continue to be a community that boasts hundreds of unique filming locations and attracts dozens of film and television productions each year. Support for this industry continues to grow locally with government officials and area residents all welcoming filmmakers into the community.

Filming is an important new industry for Hamilton because it brings substantial revenue to the community and it is part of our broader Creative Industries strategy. Production companies pay residents and businesses for the rental of their properties, they use our hotels and restaurants and, many of the professionals in the filmmaking community are now choosing Hamilton as their home. This brings wealth and prosperity to our city.

If you are interested in filming in Hamilton we've put together some resources and contacts.            

Application Forms & Information Packages

Application Forms

Information Packages

Insurance Requirements

The Film Production Company agrees to provide the City with:

  1. Commercial General Liability Insurance, written on IBC Form 2100 or its equivalent, including but not limited to bodily and personal injury liability, property damage, and non-owned automobile and having an inclusive limit of not less than $2,000,000 per occurrence and $4,000,000 in the aggregate and endorsed to include the City of Hamilton as additional insured; and
  2. Standard Form Automobile Liability Insurance that complies with all requirements of the current legislation of the Province of Ontario, having an inclusive limit of not less than $2,000,000 per occurrence for Third Party Liability, in respect of the use or operation of vehicles owned, operated or leased by or on behalf of the Film Production Company for the Production or for the provision of the production services.

Prior to the commencement of filming, the Film Production Company shall deposit with the City a certificate of insurance. The Certificate Holder will be addressed as:
City of Hamilton
City Hall, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y5
Attn: Music & Film Office, Tourism and Creative Industries, Tourism and Culture Division.

All certificates, cancellation, non-renewal or adverse change notices should be mailed to this address.

The City reserves the right to require the Film Production Company to provide such additional insurance coverage or higher limits of insurance as the City’s Risk Management Section may reasonably require depending upon the nature of the filming.

Contact Information:

 Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
28 James St. N. 1st Flr (Lister Block)
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 4233
Email: film@hamilton.ca

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