Today the Nova Scotia government announced they are adding $23.6 million to the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund, nearly doubling the fund to $48.6 million.
The increase reflects the record number of applications for film productions and the province’s growing popularity as a film and TV production destination.
Read the full press release here: Growing Film Sector Supports Economic Recovery.
“As we cautiously reopen our economy, these film productions will bolster our economic recovery through immediate jobs and economic spinoffs and the long-term benefits of having Nova Scotia presented on-screen to global audiences,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “The sector is following rigorous public health protocols and helping to employ Nova Scotians and support small businesses.”
Laura Mackenzie, Executive Director, Screen Nova Scotia, joined Premier Iain Rankin and Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, in Lunenburg for today’s announcement. One of the largest productions to film in Nova Scotia is currently underway on the South Shore: the acclaimed crime drama anthology The Sinner is filming its fourth season in Chester, Lunenburg, Riverport, Hubbards and Mahone Bay.
All screen productions in Nova Scotia are required to follow strict guidelines approved by public health, as well as by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. The cast and crew on all productions are frequently tested for COVID-19 and everyone is required to wear masks, both inside and outside, with the exception of cast members when they are performing.
“When COVID-19 emerged in Nova Scotia, the film and television industry worked tirelessly to create and implement medical-grade health and safety protocols on set, allowing the sector to continue to work throughout the pandemic,” said Laura Mackenzie. “It’s become clear during these tough times that Premier Rankin has chosen to invest in an industry that acts as an economic driver for the region, attracting well over $100 million dollars in foreign direct investment, which is injected directly into the payroll of Nova Scotians and small businesses that make up the heart of our communities.”