All productions are required to work safely. This includes following the Safety Guidelines for the Film & Television Industry in Ontario, the Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7, and any other relevant legislation.
In order to obtain a film permit in Chatham-Kent, productions must confirm that they will work in accordance with all safety guidelines and confirm that they have a health and safety plan in place for each film shoot.
All filming that takes place in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent will need to abide by film bylaw. Film bylaw is still in development. The bylaw will control location filming to ensure the safety and comfort of residents, business owners, and motorists. However, our community is open for filming as work on the bylaw continues.
Questions or Concerns About Filming
Production companies recognize that they are guests in your neighbourhood and work directly with residents and businesses to resolve concerns. Should you have a concern about filming, we encourage you to contact the production's Location Manager as a first step. Location Managers are typically onsite or have contact with crews working onsite who are able to respond to your concern. Contact details for Location Managers are listed on the filming notification letter, or you can approach a member of the crew and ask them to have the Location Manager contact you.
The Location Manager is the member of the production responsible for managing the site during filming and minimizing impacts on the community. It is important that they are made aware of any issues or concerns so that these can be resolved quickly.
The Chatham-Kent Film Office also assists with complaint resolution and questions about productions. If you have any concerns about filming in your neighbourhood, contact the Chatham-Kent Film Office at 519-360-1998 or email@example.com. Note that our phones are monitored Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and calls/emails are returned within 48 business hours of your inquiry.
Register Your Property for Filming
You can list your property in the Digital Locations Library with Ontario Creates if you would like your property used for filming.
When a production company asks to film on your property...
If you have been approached by a production or received a scouting letter expressing interest in your property and have concerns, call the Film Office at 519-360-1998. We can confirm the legitimacy of a production company, the Location Manager and any assistants/scouts.
Potential questions to ask a production company requesting to film at your property: