Nova Scotia Film Workers Pay Their Taxes!


The Nova Scotia Film Tax Credit is an important tax credit that helps to promote the Nova Scotia film making industry.

The political-types are making a stink about possibly ending the tax credit.

NS Films bring movie companies to Nova Scotia. There isn’t a season that goes by that I don’t see a long caravan of movie trucks parked somewhere downtown in Halifax. You have to remember that each one of the trucks is another chunk of cash getting dropped into the Nova Scotia economy.

NS Films and the film making industry in general bring jobs to Nova Scotians. They create work for actors, writers, painters, electricians, laborers, restaurants and a horde of other industries.

Listen all of you politicians!

Listen Diana Whalen​ and Stephen Macneil​ and all the rest of political types – more than TWO THOUSAND Nova Scotians work in the film industry. That is over TWO THOUSAND pebbles thrown into the Nova Scotia money pond – the resulting ripples creating a tsunami of benefit for the province’s economical structure.

Are you folks REALLY ready to put that many NS jobs at risk?

More important to you political types is that represents over TWO THOUSAND votes. Then you ought to factor in all of their family members who might take it personally that the political types are jeopardizing the film industry’s future here in Nova Scotia. Let alone all of the people that these actors and film workers are going to talk to while they are sitting at home wondering why the tax credit was turned off.

Have you ever BEEN to a wrap party. Listen, people, these actors just LOVE to talk.

Every year we pour thousands of dollars into tourism commercials that sing the praises of Nova Scotia.

Each of those film crews that fly here to make movies and take advantage of the lower costs that are created partially by the incentive of the NS tax credit are TOURISTS!

They all want to sit down in restaurants and pubs to eat and drink. They all shop for shoes and souvenirs and books to read.

That is MONEY going directly into the NS economy – money that eliminating the NS tax credit would jeopardize.

Stop and think about it all of you bean-counting budget-balancing political types.

This isn’t just a tax credit, that I am talking about.

This is a program that works to attract business and bucket-loads of money into the Nova Scotia economy.

This is a system that works.

Do not cut the NS tax credit.

You can read more here.

And here!

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

2 responses to “Nova Scotia Film Workers Pay Their Taxes!

  1. Shortsighted as well. The revenue generated by taxing that industry will be more than offset by the revenue lost from wages, sales and lodging receipts, and tourism services. Then add on top of that the government outlays associated with the loss of jobs — unemployment, etc.

    Potentially a huge net loss in revenue on top of an increase in outlays.


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