Ten years after launching its streaming service in Canada, Netflix has announced it is opening a new Canadian office. To be opened in either Toronto or Vancouver, the office will allow Netflix to be closer to Canadian creators. Netflix also announced it will be hiring a dedicated Canadian content executive to run the office.
“…we have built relationships with so many talented directors, screenwriters, actors, producers, animators and more…Canada is an amazingly diverse country and growing our presence locally will help us share more authentically Canadian stories with the world, whether through the development of original content or through co-production and licensing opportunities”, they noted in their official statement. “As always, the goal is to give our members great choice and control over what they watch.”
Back in 2017, the company announced it would be investing $500 million in original Canadian content with funding from the federal government. Since then, Netflix has spent over $2.5 billion on productions in Canada and has developed over 20 local partnerships, supporting the career development of over 600 Canadian creators.
The new office is in addition to the company’s existing Canadian footprint which includes 164,000 square feet of production space at Cinespace Studios in Toronto where Netflix leases four sound stages, as well as office and support space, 84,580 square feet of production space at Pinewood Toronto Studios where Netflix leases four sound stages and office space, and 178,000 square feet of production space at Canadian Motion Picture Park in South Burnaby in the Vancouver metro area, including seven sound stages, as well as office and support space.