The province has established a working group to evaluate the Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit.
Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox says the group will offer its advice on improving the tax credit program to help expand the province’s thriving film industry.
“We want to reach out to the industry and use an evidence-based approach to determine how effective the tax credit is and whether there are ways to do things better for the sector and all Manitobans,” Finance Minister Cameron Friesen added.
The working group will review similar tax credits in other jurisdictions and offer advice on what level of support is required to maintain Manitoba’s competitive advantage, have sustainable future growth, and establish performance and results-based indicators.
The group held its inaugural meeting on April 18 and will submit its final report this summer.
- Jeff Peeler – president, Frantic Films; chair, On Screen Manitoba; working group chair
- Ian Dimerman – producer, Inferno Pictures Inc.
- Michael Drabot – vice-president and general manager, William F. White International Inc.
- Meghan Duffy – president, Black Watch Entertainment
- Lisa Meeches – president, Eagle Vision Inc.
- Chris McIvor – president, Frank Digital
- Rachel Margolis – partner and entertainment lawyer, MLT Aikins
- Nicole Matiation – executive director, On Screen Manitoba
- Rob Rowan – business agent, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 856 and 669