Filming in Mission, BC
Situated on a hillside overlooking the mighty Fraser River, the City of Mission offers a variety of unique natural and man-made venues for filming. Previous films in Mission have used the historic main street, 1950’s diner, waterfront, Municipal Forest, sawmills and the Ruskin and Stave Falls Hydro Dams. Many more site location possibilities exist in Mission. While Mission promotes film productions, we encourage activities that have a low impact on residents and businesses. Mission requires that production companies practice “no trace filming” that will leave the area used as is or in better condition than before. Specific fees are listed in the Filming Regulation Bylaw 5750-2018 or other municipal bylaws.
The City of Mission’s Location Liaison can assist with general inquiries and location scouting, and coordinate with the various City departments to ensure a successful film shoot. The Film Permit Liaison can provide information on general requirements and will process the necessary permits. The Forestry Department assists with questions regarding filming opportunities within the Municipal Forest.
Economic Development Department – Location Scout – 604-820-5389
Engineering Department – Permits & Licensing – 604-820-3736 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Forestry Department – Municipal Forest Lands – 604-820-3784
Fire Rescue Service – Chief Dale Unrau – 604-820-3793
RCMP – Sgt. Rob Wheeler – 604-820-3550 – email@example.com
All approvals are conditional on meeting these Guidelines where applicable and any additional conditions stipulated in the Film Permit. Fees are set in Schedule D of the Filming Regulation Bylaw and are listed in these Guidelines for convenience only. The film production company must provide the following:
☐ Completed Application Form and fee
☐ Documentation showing appropriate insurance
☐ Valid Business Licence
☐ Security Deposit
☐ Street Use Permit Application, if applicable
☐ Filming Schedule
☐ Approvals from any regional, provincial, or federal agency
☐ Neighbourhood Polling (special conditions of approval may apply when filming affects surrounding homes and businesses, please see Notification to the Community)
☐ Any additional approvals, licences or permits, as may be required (e.g.: Licence of Use)
☐ Proof that the Mission Fire Rescue Service (MFRS) have been consulted with is required regarding the use of certain special effects (if applicable). MFRS has the right to veto special effects or impose specific conditions.
☐ Confirmation of Downtown Business Association notification (if applicable)
☐ Special Flight Operations Certificate (if applicable)
☐ Completed Wrap Sheet
The City of Mission will determine if any additional permits or special conditions of approval are necessary.
Past Productions in Mission
Jingle All The Way
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Foreign and Domestic productions in British Columbia can access a variety of provincial and federal tax credit programs and if eligibility requirements are met, a producer can combine them to access exceptional savings.
British Columbia Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC) Available to Canadian, or international film and TV production companies with a permanent establishment in BC, with a 28% refundable tax credit on eligible labour costs.
Film Incentive BC Tax Credit (FIBC) Available to Canadian controlled production companies, offering a refundable tax credit of 35% on eligible labour costs.
BC Digital Animation or Visual Effects (DAVE) A tax credit of 16% on qualifying labour costs for production companies employing BC talent for post-production and sound.
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC) A Government of Canada tax credit for Canadian controlled production companies and those with permanent establishments in Canada.