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- A funny Canada Does Not Exist moment was related about David Cronenberg's remake The Fly (1986), shot in Toronto. During production, they hit a crisis moment when the script called for Jeff Goldblum's character to prominently pay someone $50 in cash. Cronenberg, himself a Canadian, couldn't decide whether to use Canadian or American currency. In the end, he opted for U.S. greenbacks, pretty ironic considering that the 1950s Vincent Price original, shot in Hollywood, was actually set in Montreal, and given that several of his other movies were unequivocally set in Canada, even if they had mostly American actors (like Videodrome), and given that the CN Tower, a major Toronto landmark, is clearly visible in one shot.
- In New Zealand during the early-mid 1980s, American film crews were given preferential tax treatment, which briefly led to a number of movies inexplicably featuring both American and New Zealand actors alongside each other. Among the more notable examples were Battletruck a.k.a. Warlords of the 21st Century (1982) and Shaker Run (1985).
- Love, Rosie is filmed in Ireland, based on a book by Irish writer Cecelia Ahern which was set in Dublin and the US, but after the previous Ahern adap P.S. I Love You got mauled for its male leads' accents, and with Brits Lily Collins and Sam Claflin cast, the setting was moved to a generic English town with various Irish actors faking British accents. And the US scenes were filmed in Toronto.
- Hobo with a Shotgun features many of the hallmarks of this trope, what with the oddly-generic police badges, fake currency that resembles neither American nor Canadian bills, and so on and so forth.
- Most of Hedwig and the Angry Inch was shot in Toronto, with various locations (including the Toronto Eaton Centre, with the store names blurred out) standing in for areas around the American Midwest.
- A version of this trope appears in the Irish film The Brylcreem Boys, Very Loosely Based on a True Story about Allied and German military personnel who were stranded in neutral Ireland during World War II and held in adjacent internment camps. One of the main characters is an officer of the RCAF and explicitly stated to be Canadian, but, other than a few obligatory lines inserted to establish his nationality, he consistently acts like an American and all other characters treat him as such. (He talks about American isolationist politicians with telling "we," the other main character, a German patriot but no Nazi, insistently laces his lines with "you Americans" in conversations with him, etc.) This might be because of Critical Research Failure by filmmakers who failed to appreciate that Canada is not same as the US. Or, this might be because the character is intended to be an Audience Surrogate for American audiences to whom Canadian perspectives on World War II would not be familiar.
- Her has a rare application of this trope to a country other than Canada. A number of exterior shots where Theodore walks around what's presented as 2025 Los Angeles are recognizably (to anyone who's been there) filmed in Shanghai, in order to make the cityscape seem more futuristic. However, the film avoids giving the game away by not showing any of the Chinese city's iconic buildings such as the Oriental Pearl Tower, much like American films shot in Toronto won't show the CN Tower if they can avoid it.
- Canadian author Charles de Lint made it intentionally vague where the city of Newford that he sets many of his stories in actually is. For example, Word of God is that Newford's legal system features elements of both American and Canadian law. Interestingly, according to De Lint, American fans tend to think it's in Canada, whilst Canadian fans tend to think it's in the US.
- The Strugatsky Brothers famous sci-fi novel Roadside Picnic is (unlike its later adaptations) set in an unnamed town located somewhere in midwestern North America. But it's never made explicit whether the country it lies in is Canada or the US. Some of the governmental lingo involved would point to the US, but other details of the setting (including motor vehicles, like the more British Land Rover Defender) would point to Canada. It's a generally unusual example of this trope, given that the writers were neither American or Canadian, but Soviet.
- James Alan Gardner doesn't make it obvious that the location for his novel Trapped, set in a Magitek 25th century, is southern Ontario until later in the novel when the characters reach Niagara Falls, as location names have changed (the story starts in "Simka", the futuristic version of Simcoe, Ontario). Many Canadians, however, will quickly catch on where the setting is when one major locations nearby is mentioned: "Trawna", a common way many people pronounce "Toronto".
- The Netflix show Between is a joint Canadian-American production. The number plates appear to be Ontario and the newscasts show a public health official with the title "Minister."
- Degrassi Junior High reshot scenes involving money for the US version. Later, Degrassi became a notable subversion although generic rather than Ontario-specific terms are still used when discussing things like driver licensing and standardized tests. More recent seasons of Degrassi are showing signs of Eagleland Osmosis, though, as what are largely American practices, like the SATs, have become major plot points in some episodes, and the generic Canadian universities of the early seasons have been replaced with very specific American universities (NYU and Yale, to be specific).
- Flashpoint tried to be set in an ambiguous North American metropolis, but officers in the very first episode had Canadian flags on their uniforms. The setting slowly let more aspects leak through that reflected the already obvious setting of Toronto until they finally admitted they're in Toronto.
- Forever Knight (a cult series about a sensitive, guilt-ridden, immortal vampire who became a cop to atone for his past sins) was pretty much a subversion of this trope, it was so openly set in Toronto. An unmistakable Toronto skyline was prominently shown at every scene transition, cars had Ontario licence plates and not only did people pay for things with Canadian currency, the main characters referred to borrowing "a loonie." Canadian flags and portraits of Queen Elizabeth II (the titular sovereign of Canada) are in nearly every episode, although sometimes filmed at such angles that they are not immediately visible. A main character's brother was a Crown Prosecutor, and a courtroom scene even included wigs, something an American courtroom would never have. Viewers would be hard-pressed to find anything indicating any attempt to hide the show's location.
- It is a subtle mixture of this trope and Viewers Are Morons. The Canadianness of the show is not hidden, but it is quite understated and certainly not displayed over the top. The viewers who know little about Canada will have trouble catching on while they would be obvious to those who are familiar.
- Highlander took place in a fictional Pacific Northwest city dubbed Seacouver by fans.
- How to Be Indie never explicitly states whereabouts the action is set. It could be anywhere in North America, although natives of the USA or Canada might spot something.
- The Listener At least partially subverted with prominent views of the Toronto skyline. When the main character gives a homeless man a dollar, it's a coin. References to Canada were deliberately changed in the closed captions for the American market. Averted with a vengeance from the second season onward, with direct references to Canadian cities and politics, the RCMP, a massive Canadian flag, and shout-outs to Canadian bands and TV shows.
- Lost Girl:
- The show makes absolutely no effort to hide the fact that it is filmed in Toronto (the accents, all those shots of the very distinctive TTC streetcars, and a few incidental glimpses of the CN Tower being dead giveaways), but this, or even which country or province the city is in, is never made explicit.
- In one episode Bo makes multiple visits to a woman on death row. The first time she goes, it is implied that she crosses the border (there is no death penalty in Canada). Afterwards she is back home but then she visits the prisoner twice more on the same day, which would make for a lot of commuting since it is about a 2 hour drive to the nearest border crossing from Toronto.
- Night Heat: Probably the Trope Codifier. The show went to extremes in seeming to take place in the US without making any references that contradicted it being set in Canada.
- Orphan Black:
- The show is shot in Canada, starring Canadian actors, and is strongly implied to take place in Toronto. However, nearly all blatant references to Canada or Toronto are carefully avoided; one has to be on the lookout for the few instances when they slip up and give away the location (such as on a bank form in season 1).
- The CN Tower is carefully cropped out of shots of downtown Toronto. It can be partly seen in the opening shot of the pilot, but with the top of it cut off, only a native Torontonian would recognize it. Later episodes are better at hiding the city's most famous landmark. The very distinctive octagonal double-decker GO Transit commuter trains◊ were digitally repainted from green to blue in the pilot.
- The Toronto Police Service is instead called the "Metropolitan Police Service." This is based on the older name "Metropolitan Toronto Police Service," but still cuts out "Toronto" from the name.
- Alison is said to live in "Scarborough," a municipality of Toronto, rather than just "Toronto." There are a lot of communities in the world named Scarborough, making the location sound generic.
- The US Army is involved with the clone project, though in season 3 they're also shown to have a black site in Mexico, indicating that national borders are no object to them.
- Fleeting references kept in include Canadian money, Ontario license plates, and Toronto addresses and area codes.
- By contrast, all the cities they do mention explicitly are in the US. Cosima grew up in Berkeley and went to grad school in Minnesota, while Tony is from Cincinnati.
- Psi Factor, sometimes. The producers could never seem to decide whether Canada existed or not.
- Sanctuary is set in "Old City" somewhere on the west coast, but which country it's in is never made clear. It's an invented city (like Metropolis).
- In one episode, however, Kate gives her brother what looks like Canadian money.
- SCTV, except for the Great White North and CBC related material, could definitely count, as Melonville is never explicitly stated to be in Canada and most of the television/film they parodied was familiar to both American and Canadian audiences.
- You Can't Do That on Television, once it became internationally syndicated and Nickelodeon became a production partner with the show's Canadian producers, its previously unapologetically Canadian flavor got downplayed if not completely blanched - the kids were making references to the Fourth of July and American cultural institutions and being told not to say "eh" or use Canadian terminology for things which were called something different in America.
- The Other Side is filmed entirely in Canada, but it isn't entirely clear if it's set there. In Season 2 Episode 2, Colorado has box of Timbits and identifies them by name, but Ethan's flashback a few episodes later shows them passing several landmarks in New York City, suggesting that they at least traveled through there at some point. Another popular theory is Hawaii (despite nothing looking anything like Hawaii), due to the fact that Hawaii entered the program voluntarily, and, since the States are named after the place from which they were abducted and he was not abducted, they may have already been there to start with.
- A short video documentary, whose title, Vancouver Never Plays Itself, pretty much invokes this trope, was uploaded to the Internet in 2015.
- Qwerpline is intentionally vague as to whether it takes place in America or LoadingReadyRun's native Canada.
- Played with in the Canadian-produced Clone High. It is explicitly set in the fictional town of "Exclamation, USA", but one character spends her spring break on "the sunny beaches of Canada, where the sun is always shining." An American viewer unaware of the show's Canadian origins would be quite puzzled about the point of the joke.