Canuck scribes slam gov’t

Org urges reconsideration, restoration of TV fund

The Writers Guild of Canada has blasted the Canadian government’s recent decision to boost incentives for foreign producers while cutting its support of the Canadian Television Fund.

“Canadian drama production is already in a state of crisis — cutting the federal government’s contribution to the CTF by $25 million means 60 fewer productions and $83 million in lost production,” said WGC exec director Maureen Parker. “We urge the government to reconsider its decision and restore full funding to the Canadian Television Fund immediately.”

Org noted that the increase in the Production Services Tax Credit from 11% to 16% of labor costs for foreign productions will not benefit Canadian screenwriters since the scripts for most productions eligible for the tax break are written by U.S. screenwriters.

The enhanced tax credit was announced last week amid flattening of Canadian production activity following last year’s elimination of a popular tax shelter.

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