The Saskatchewan NDP has plans to rebuild the province’s film industry if elected.
Cam Broten says they will implement a 45 percent refundable film employment tax credit and 15 percent all-spend film tax credit, in addition to the employment credit, on non-labour costs including post-production.
Broten says the industry is essential to the province’s economy, and hopes to bring film makers back to Saskatchewan.
“This will create hundreds of jobs. For actors, digital animators, electricians, carpenters, construction workers, and more. It will boost our economy and it will create government revenue.”
Saskatchewan’s film incentive was cut by the SaskParty in 2012.
The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce pegged the cost of the previous film tax credit at about one million dollars a year.
Wednesday’s promise comes after a string of platform announcements, essentially giving Broten an extra week of campaigning.
He says his party is ready to go.
“An election is an opportunity to talk to people, to talk about what we want to accomplish and to show where Saskatchewan needs to go.”
Premier Brad Wall can ask the Lieutenant Governor to dissolve the Legislature between March 1 and March 8.
Parks, Culture and Sports Minister Mark Docherty says the NDP are making expensive promises.
“They’re already at about five billion dollars in terms of costing, and I’m interested in exactly what this announcement is going to cost the tax payer.”
Docherty says the government supports the film industry with grants through Creative Saskatchewan.