Canada has become a hub for a lot of businesses from the U.S. because of its lower business operating costs. In the film business, Toronto is a favorite of directors because it is far more budget friendly on a lot of levels.
Many TV productions in particular choose to shoot in Toronto. In fact, filming there has become so common that the region is referred to as Hollywood North. It is a great substitute for more expensive cities like Chicago and New York City. The main difference is that Toronto’s streets are much cleaner and crime is almost non-existent, compared to many U.S. cities. There are also lots of people available for technical crews and extra work for all the productions.
I have an acquaintance who works as a location scout and he tells me that he is always running up to Toronto to find landscape and places to shoot there. He has occasion to take meetings to get film crews and other details together when he’s there. For those instances, he likes to rent a meeting room. They have everything he needs, including things like electronic white boards where he can flash images — something critical to the work he does.
The meeting rooms also offer ways to teleconference so he can include the bigwigs who couldn’t make it out there. That way, they can all discuss how to approach finding other locations in the area if necessary. This saves on travel time and costs so he doesn’t need to go back for additional research.
It’s really no different for other businesses. The region has become a favorite of many U.S. companies since they offer special tax incentives to businesses. In these times, when it costs so much to start and run even the simplest companies, the cost reductions are welcome gifts that also help to fuel the global economy.
Professionals who want to expand to Toronto or start a business there can book meeting rooms for as little as $20 an hour. The rooms are also fantastic alternatives to the ever increasing hotel meeting room rates.