Darrell Dexter announces changes to film industry and digital media tax credits

Adjustments to help keep Nova Scotia's film and animation biz competitive.

Copernicus Studios' Garth and Bev

"It's really an amazing announcement, it's going to support the growth of the entire industry here in Nova Scotia."

So raves animation studio co-owner Paul Rigg about today's announcement that residency requirements for both the Film Industry and Digital Media tax credits have been updated. The tax credits now includes someone who is employed on a production, whether film or animation, who may only be a resident in the province during the production period. The total production cap for the Film Industry Tax Credit has also been removed. These changes are effective on productions as of December 1.

Animation is typically a very labour-intensive industry, says Rigg. "What we had in the previous tax credit was a cap, a percentage of total production or a percentage of total labour. We weren't able to capture any advantage of the huge labour pool we were engaging on our productions."

Rigg is one of the owners of Copernicus Studios, a seven-year-old animation shop located down on Hollis Street employing between 15 and 20 staff. He says he and his industry has been working with government over the past year, looking at ways to strengthen the animation, film and television sector. As a result of these changes, he anticipates his studio will expand in 2011.

"We're expecting to grow many more jobs due to today's announcement. Were thrilled about this."

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