If all goes according to plan, the City of Laval in southwestern Quebec is hoping a recently approved multi-million dollar project could eventually become Hollywood North Shore, transforming the film industry in the region and beyond.
City officials have approved the rezoning of a massive swath of farmland on the eastern side of the island to construct a collection of film studios, including one that will be among North America’s biggest.
Laval Mayor Stephane Boyer said the $200 million Trudel Studios (Cité du cinéma) project will employ around 100 permanent workers(opens in a new tab) in addition to dozens of contract workers, extras, caterers and other personnel when big productions are ongoing.
He added that it will generate around $3 million for the city per year.
“It’s also very interesting for us for all of the smaller businesses that will benefit,” said Boyer. “There’s a lot of trickledown effect for smaller businesses in Laval but also all of the greater Montreal surroundings.”
The Trudel Studios project will include seven studios in the Saint-François district for film and television production.