Saskatchewan government's new tax credit program could kill local production, says DGC
|May 11, 2012|
TORONTO – The Director’s Guild of Canada has written an open letter to Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall urging him to reconsider the government’s decision to eliminate the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit and replace it with a non-refundable tax credit program.
The Guild called the move “troubling”, and predicted that the decision may put the future of the province’s production and creative community at risk.
“The Guild shares the industry’s view that a non-refundable tax credit program is unlikely to be effective in facilitating growth in audiovisual production”, reads the letter signed by DGC national executive director and CEO Gerry Barr. “Without further efforts to make sure that Saskatchewan’s program is a good and effective ‘fit’ for the business model that prevails in the industry it is all but certain that Saskatchewan production companies will be forced to leave or close.”
The DGC is a national labour organisation representing over 3,800 creative and logistical personnel in the film and television industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing.