Bear... How's the weather in Pittsburgh lately? Here in Vancouver we're basking in sunshine and temps around 50 degrees (10 celsius) as we have been solidly for more than 3 weeks... yes in February!
"Hollywood North" is the 3rd largest film location area in North America after L.A. and New York. If by "kickbacks" you meant tax breaks and a US dollar worth 20 percent more up here then you are correct.
Most times this area gets dressed up as other places... commonly Seattle (ie. Feature Film "Double Jeopardy" or New York (ie "Fantastic Four") but once in awhile it gets to be itself. The ability to dress up as a huge variety of places and the excellent crews and facilities are other reasons why.
You might be surprised to see how much is filmed up here... much of it in sunshine. That despite what David Duchovny had to say, before, as the starring lead actor, forcing another production... The X-Files... to relocate to LA starting in season 5 because he said it rained too much... a move which dramatically changed the tenor of the X-Files and lost some of it's momentum according to producer Chris Carter.
But the industry is thriving up here... a Billion Dollar employer in Features, Series and Commercials (even many of your TV ads, especially car commercials are filmed up here.)
Come visit... we'd be glad to have ya, Eh?
Storybrooke, Maine (AKA Steveston, British Columbia) from Once Upon A Time on ABC
Toby Ziegler:It couldn't have gone far,right?
Toby:Somewhere in this building is our talent
Cheaper to film there , happens all the time