Filming on the Grounds


Beginning in 1984, the grounds were used by various film companies and crews. Over twenty films were produced here between 1984 and 1989. On average, between six and eight film companies used the location for shooting annually, in addition to advertising productions. Television and film school production groups also occasionally made use of the site.

The former hospital buildings were also used by police SWAT teams for training in the 1980s. In 1988, the Government of Ontario designated the grounds of the former hospital as a heritage property under the Ontario Heritage Act.

Films and Television Series

Film/TV Series Released
The Edison Twins 1982–1986
The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew 1983
Police Academy 1984
Night Heat 1985–1989
Police Academy 3: Back in Training 1986
Martha Behind Bars 2005


Ontario Heritage Properties Program. Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, Etobicoke, Ontario: N00406. April, 1986.
Peter Barnard Associates, in Association with A.J. Diamond Planners Ltd. Lakeshore Planning Study, Final Report: Future Use Options for the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Property. Prepared for the Ministry of Government Services and the City of Etobicoke. Toronto: Ministry of Government Services, September 1986.

Additional information and corrections were provided by Ed Janiszewski.