OFO Establishes Soundstage Initiative


The not-for-profit Ottawa Film Office (OFO) has established an initiative to build a new soundstage facility.

The soundstage initiative aims to further Ottowa’s prominence within the global film and television production landscape, catering to the evolving demands of the streaming industry with the goal of fostering economic growth and employment opportunities in the region.

The Request for Expression of Interest (RFEOI) is prepared by local consulting agency GBA. Interested parties have until April 5, 2024, to give feedback on the project, including organizational and project experience, financial investment expectations and a suggested financing strategy. The RFEOI process is not considered a Request for Proposals (RFP), but a platform to solicit valuable feedback and identify potential partners.

“Ottawa’s film industry is growing, contributing $120 million annually,” said Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos, Ottawa film commissioner. “Despite global challenges in 2023, the city successfully completed over 40 productions, and we predict 2024 will be a record year.”

Jeff Westeinde, partner at THEIA Partners and chair of the OFO’s soundstage subcommittee, added: “The Ottawa Film Office envisions a purpose-built facility, spanning 60,000 to 80,000 square feet, housing three 20,000 square foot soundstages—a testament to our commitment to creating a full-service production haven for the film and television industry in Ottawa. These purpose-driven soundstages set an industry standard, providing a controlled environment for 24-hour uninterrupted creativity amidst seasonal changes. Tailored to Ottawa’s skilled workforce, this state-of-the-art facility not only meets industry demands but also unlocks opportunities for workforce capacity and regional development.”

Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe commented, “This purpose-built soundstage will be more than just a space, it has the potential to become a real production hub offering turnkey solutions that will meet the demands of the film, television, animation and streaming industry, right here in Ottawa. It’s very exciting for the industry and for Ottawa becoming a choice location for filmmakers.”

“In Ottawa, we not only offer picturesque landscapes and a skilled workforce but also a financial landscape designed to propel your cinematic and TV visions to new heights,” added Pechels de Saint Sardos. “Join us in Ottawa, where your creative journey is not only inspired but financially empowered.”