Incentives

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

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Nova Scotia has it all: our competitive incentives make Nova Scotia the ideal filming location for your next project. Combine provincial and federal funding to make your budget cost-effective, while working with world-class talent in inspiring locations.

FINANCING: PROVINCIAL

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% – 32% of eligible costs for all spending in Nova Scotia, including labour, goods and services.

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 HERE / 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

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.

DIGITAL ANIMATION TAX CREDIT

The digital animation industry has exploded out of Nova Scotia’s creative community in recent years. One contributor is the industry-leading animation tax credit, which create significant cost savings for animation companies and studios. The Digital Animation Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit for costs directly related to the development of digital animation in Nova Scotia.This tax credit provides an incentive of up to 60% on labour associated with the project, including a labour bonus of 17.5% on animation-specific activities. The labour bonus is in addition to the base credit available.Learn more about the Digital Animation Tax Credit HERE.


PRIVATE SECTOR FUNDING

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

INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION FUND (IPF)

The Independent Production Fund was established in 1991 to provide financial support for dramatic television and web series series created by Canadian independent producers.

Web Drama Series:
The web drama series program provides equity financing for content creators of original Canadian drama series created for the web or mobile platforms.

Professional Development:
The Professional Development program provides grants for Canadian non-profit organizations or associations whose activities reflect the objective of the Fund and enhance the quality and availability of Canadian dramatic web series.

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

Contact: info@ipf.ca / 416.977.8966

THE HAROLD GREENBURG FUND

The Harold Greenberg Fund is a national funding organization that supports the development of Canadian dramatic feature films. Since 1986, we have invested over $85 million in the Canadian film and television industry.

The English-Language Program is supported by Bell Media and The Movie Network. The Fund helps support the development of narrative theatrical feature films at various stages:

  • Story Optioning
  • Feature Script Development
  • Shorts-to-Features Program

Click HERE for information about their programs and submission guidelines.

Contact: Alan Bacchus (416) 384-3446
Office: Bell Media The Harold Greenberg Fund
299 Queen St. West
Toronto ON M5V 2Z5


FINANCING: FEDERAL

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.

Telefilm Canada supports all stages of a feature film, from development, to production and post-production, to marketing to audiences both at home and abroad. To learn more about Telefilm Canada’s extensive financing options, click HERE. To discover funds and partnerships opportunities, click HERE.

Atlantic Region Office:
1660 Hollis Street, Suite 401, Halifax, NS, B3J 1V7
Lori McCurdy, Regional Feature Film Executive
lori.mccurdy@telefilm.ca / 902.426.8425 x 2720

CANADA MEDIA FUND (CMF)

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, promotes, develops and finances the production of Canadian content and relevant applications for all audiovisual media platforms.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 Region Contact:
1660 Hollis Street, Suite 401, Halifax, NS, B3J 1V7
Susy MacGillivray, Development Analyst, CMF Program Administrator
susy.macGillivray@telefilm.ca / 902.426.8425 x 2724
EURIMAGES (COPRODUCTION)

Canada is the 38th member country of the Eurimages – European Cinema Support Fund and the first non-European member country. This program, through the Council of Europe, aims to support the coproduction of cinematographic works between member countries.Who can apply? Canadian production companies with an eligible coproduction project with at least one other member country.

Overview of the program & eligibility requirements: click HERE.

Contact: infocopro@telefilm.ca / 1.800.567.0890


SUPPORT PROGRAMS & FUNDS

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.

Contact: Nicole Johnson-Morrison, Export Development Executive
njohnson-morrison@nsbi.ca / 902.424.4891

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.

Contact: Nicole Johnson-Morrison, Export Development Executive
njohnson-morrison@nsbi.ca / 902.424.4891

 NOVA SCOTIA: CREATIVE INDUSTRIES FUND

This fund (now available for film & television producers) 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.

Contact: Mickey Quase
mickey.quase@novascotia.ca / 902.424.3701

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.


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.

 

COMBINING INCENTIVES

Canada Film Capital has created an incentives calculator (CLICK HERE) to calculate your total provincial and federal tax incentives. You’ll notice that when combined with federal incentives, Nova Scotia’s fund is one of the most competitive in Canada.

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