McNeil government needs to put brakes on changes to film tax credit

April 13, 2015

NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald says the Liberal government needs to put the brakes on its plan to slash the film tax credit.

“I really don’t think the Premier and his Finance Minister considered the ramifications of this policy change,” says MacDonald. “Only days after they announced they are gutting the film tax credit Nova Scotia is already facing significant job losses. That’s why I’m calling on the Premier to suspend this decision until he can properly consult with the industry.”

DHX Media announced it was closing its digital media studio just hours after the McNeil government reduced the credit by 75%. It has also indicated that programs such as This Hour Has 22 Minutes will be filmed elsewhere next year.

Douglas Smith, who works in film and television, is looking for work outside the province due to the change. “I was looking forward to a busy spring, summer and fall of working in film. I was on the crew list for the filming of Mr. D this summer. Now, I’m looking for work – in Toronto if I have to.”

MacDonald adds, “Given the most recent Statistics Canada job numbers, Nova Scotia can’t afford to lose an entire industry that employs over 2,000 people and generates over $130 million for our economy each year.”