Incentives

A suite of incentives offer competitive and responsive financial tools to help your budget make sense.

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NOVA SCOTIA FILM & TV PRODUCTION INCENTIVE FUND

The Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund (NSFPIF) is based on an all-spend model and payable to producers for eligible Nova Scotia costs. This new Production Incentive Fund is administered by the province’s leading economic development agency: Nova Scotia Business Inc and enables producers to receive incentive funding of 25% of eligible costs, up to a maximum of 32% of all spending in Nova Scotia, including labour, goods and services.

As funding commitments are approved, details are published on the NSBI website.

Quick facts:

  • The fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia–based supplier.
  • When an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process.
  • Once a production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve.
  • When the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement.
  • All applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBI.

Learn more about the new Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund:

NS Film & Television Production Incentive Fund

Download the Fund guidelines.

For more information contact Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Linda Wood, Senior Account Manager, Film & Television
lwood@nsbi.ca / filmapplication@nsbi.ca
902.424.718

EASTLINK TELEVISION INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION PROGRAM

Bring your animated and/or live-action TV series to life. Designed to finance Nova Scotian television productions, this program could provide you with an equity investment of up to $300,000, to a maximum of 20% of your total budget. Interested?  Start by ensuring your production is high in Canadian content.


News & Guidelines for the Eastlink Fund NSBI

Contact:
Eastlink TV Independent Production Fund Program
Nova Scotia Independent Production Fund
c/o Nova Scotia Business Inc.
filmapplication@nsbi.ca
902.424.7181

Film production companies based in Nova Scotia are eligible for other business development programs and services offered through Nova Scotia Business Inc. Contact Nova Scotia Business Inc. to learn more.

NSBI: TRAVEL SUPPORT

NSBI’s Export Growth Program contributes up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $15,000 for a business to cover the following:

• Travel to a new market outside of Nova Scotia* (or up to two return visits within 24 months of the initial visit) to attend a trade show, conference, or to visit clients, potential partners, or investors; and

• Have foreign clients, potential partners, or investors visit the organization’s Nova Scotia facilities for the first time.

NSBI Export Growth Application Form and Guidelines.     October 1 / January 15

 

NSBI: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

The Small Business Development Program supports the acquisition of a private sector consultant to provide professional expertise. The program contributes up to 50% of eligible project costs to a maximum incentive of $15,000. Eligible costs include:

  • Business planning, including business development, strategic and marketing plans
  • Market research, feasibility or business case analysis for proposed or existing business activity
  • Product research, development, and design
  • Development plan for e-commerce platform for markets outside of Nova Scotia
  • Matchmaking
  • Business valuations for succession planning

Small Business Development Program Application Form and Guidelines.

 

CANADA MEDIA FUND

The CMF is a not-for-profit corporation that delivers $371.2 million in funding annually to support the Canadian television and digital media industries through two streams of funding: the Experimental Stream and the Convergent Stream.

Through the Convergent Stream, the CMF supports the creation of convergent television and digital media content for consumption by Canadians anytime, anywhere. The convergent stream is made up of various programs and incentives that target key activities and audiences.

The Experimental Stream encourages the development of innovative, interactive digital media content and software applications.

Atlantic Contact:
Susy MacGillivray
Development Analyst, CMF Program Administrator
Phone: 902.426.8425 #2724 
Email: Susy.MacGillivray@telefilm.ca

 

DIGITAL MEDIA TAX CREDIT

Nova Scotia offers a digital media tax credit that rivals all others in Canada – making this the ideal place for video game development and interactive media. Qualifying companies can claim the lesser of 50% of the qualifying expenditures or 25% of total expenditures. Qualifying expenditures could include: 100% of eligible salaries in Nova Scotia, 65% of third party labour remuneration and up to $100,000 in marketing and distribution expenditures.

Learn more about the Digital Media Tax Credit HERE.

 

ARTS NOVA SCOTIA

Arts Nova Scotia is the provincial funding agency that provides support to professional artists and arts organizations, arts education programs and a number of arts awards and prizes. For more details on grants and awards for individuals and organizations, please visit HERE.

NOVA SCOTIA: CREATIVE INDUSTRIES FUND

This new fund helps Nova Scotia businesses within the creative sector expand into new and developing markets, encourage growth and promote innovation through collaboration and partnerships. For more information on eligibility and program details please visit HERE.

INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION FUND

The Independent Production Fund was established in 1991 to provide financial support for dramatic television series created by Canadian independent producers for Canadian private broadcasters.  In 2010, the IPF expanded its mandate to include an experimental pilot program to include financing of drama series for the web.  This program has now been extended indefinitely and will continue to support content creators of drama series created for the web or mobile platforms.

The IPF also administers the Bell Fund and the Cogeco Media Fund. For deadlines, guidelines and applications, CLICK HERE.

TELEFILM CANADA

Telefilm Canada is a team of some 200 professionals serving the industry from four offices located across Canada. Dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry, Telefilm, through its various funding and promotion programs, supports dynamic companies and creative talent here at home and around the world. Click HERE to learn more about Telefilm Canada’s funds and programs.

Atlantic Region Office:
1660 Hollis Street, Suite 401, Halifax, NS, B3J 1V7
Phone: (902) 426-8425  Toll-free: 1-800-565-1773

 

 

 

PERMITS AND GUIDELINES

Health and Safety Guidelines for the Nova Scotia Screen Based Production Industry (updated February 2014)

Halifax Film Office for location / filming permits in HRM.

NSBI Film Fund Estimator - up to 32% on all costs