Request for Expressions of Interest (“REOI”):
The Request for Expressions of Interest (“REOI”) seeks to attract expressions of interest (“EOI”) from individuals and/or companies who wish to partner with Screen Nova Scotia (“SNS”) on the building and operation of a soundstage which will contribute to the long-term success of Nova Scotia’s vibrant film and television sector. The intent is to attract complementary and aligned partners who are committed to the success of this project and industry.
The idea of a soundstage is not new to Nova Scotia. Warehouses, vacant facilities and retrofit buildings have been utilised when available, but the industry has only had these makeshift options and lost lucrative business from lacking a professional, purpose-built studio. The annual value of lost business to the province is estimated to be $130 million.
All around the world, there are projects waiting to be filmed and dollars waiting to be spent. Nova Scotia can and should claim more than its fair share, but this won’t happen unless a proper soundstage is in place. This will turn a seasonal industry into a year-round concern; keep more Nova Scotians working here at home; spread benefits into rural communities across the province; and exceed any government investment many times over. In a global market saturated with demand for high quality content, now is the time for Nova Scotia to step up and take advantage of its assets – its people, places, and potential – while improving what is on offer for decision makers.
September 14, 2023 update to REOI section 1.5: The estimated usable area is being further investigated with the guidance of environmental, planning and engineering consultants.
September 20, 2023 update: Due to uncertainty regarding the final buildable land area, Screen Nova Scotia has suspended the REOI process until further notice. All timelines outlined within the document in section 3.8 are no longer applicable. The association is working with external consultants to clarify and will provide an update on the process asap via email and the website as per section 3.6 of the REOI. We wish to thank everyone for their interest in this important project.
REOI process paused as of September 20th.
Link to REOI is available HERE.
All communication and questions regarding the REOI process and/or timeframe is via email: email@example.com