2016 Provincial Election Toolkit
You can make a difference during the Manitoba Provincial Election. We encourage members of the Manitoba production industry to vote on April 19 and to engage with candidates from all parties leading up to Election Day. Below are some facts and figures about the economic and cultural contribution the Manitoba media production industry makes to our Province. Please take the time to speak with all of the candidates in your riding. Have a conversation. Ask them the following questions and let them know that the Province’s long-standing partnership with the media production industry works and that the film and video tax credit is effective in developing a world-class industry. Share this information with all the candidates in your riding, and consider their responses to the questions below when you vote on April 19, 2016. Find your candidates and where to vote Click here to find out who is running in your riding and learn how and when to vote by visiting www.electionsmanitoba.ca Know your industry and share the facts
- Share these videos about how the media production industry works for Manitoba with your friends, family and local candidates
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- Sign-up for In Focus the On Screen Manitoba Newsletter to stay informed about the media production sector in Manitoba.
- Participate in Arts Vote Manitoba for more information visit Manitobans for the Arts.
- Speak to and share these industry facts about how Manitoba’s investment in the media production industry is effective. Provide some specific examples.
Industry Facts Manitoba production incentives, the film and video tax credit, the equity fund (and increasingly the interactive digital media fund) are effective. The Manitoba tax credit represents an average of 18% of any production budget, it’s the first step to securing the additional 30-35% of private financing that will in turn leverage the remainder of the budget from public and private-public sources, the vast majority of which come from outside of Manitoba. The Manitoba media production industry works for Manitoba — on an annual basis it produces:
- 1300 jobs.
- $108M in total production volume.
- 67 production projects in all genres and formats (approximately 30% Features, 15% dramatic or comedic TV series, 50% documentaries, and 5% factual series).
- $71.4 M to the provincial GDP.
- $134.7 M in combined tax revenue (federally, provincially, and locally).
- $58.2 M in production funding from outside of province.
- 24% or $14M of that $58M comes from international sources.
- $3.48 from out side of the Province for every dollar Manitoba invests in filming incentives (the tax credit and equity).
Media Production is big business in Canada – annually, it represents:
- Over 62,000 jobs (24,400 in cast and crew roles).
- A $3.7 B contribution to Canada’s GDP.
- A total production volume of $2.96B.
(The facts listed the section above are from on Snapshot 2013, commissioned by On Screen Manitoba from Nordicity):Manitoba’s Investment in the media production sector is effective. Manitoba’s investment in the local media production industry provides effective leverage to:
- Attract private financing. On average 30% of Manitoba’s annual production volume is financed through private sources.
- Increase the capacity of companies to maintain more IP — 56% of Manitoba productions are owned or partially owned by Manitoba companies, up 31% since 2007-2008.
- Build a healthy ecosystem of emerging and established production companies. Manitoba has some 55 production companies and 10 service supplier companies that directly employ 462 people. 12 companies have been in operations for over 20 years, 20 for 10-20 years, 11 for 5-10 years and 12 for less than 5 years.
Manitoba production incentives are effective – they offer opportunity to a broad range of highly skilled workers and entrepreneurs:
- 23% of Manitoba production companies are Aboriginal or Metis owned.
- 48% of Manitoba production companies are owned by Women.
- 49% of IATSE members are artists in their own right or work in theatre as well as film and television.
- Francophone producers in MB working exclusively in French account for only 3% of the production companies but 16% of total production.
(The facts listed the section above are from on Snapshot 2013, commissioned by On Screen Manitoba from Nordicity):Manitoba’s investment in the media production industry is effective — since the establishment of Manitoba Film and Music and On Screen Manitoba in 1987, Independent production companies have:
- Created over 605 film, TV and web projects including over 119 feature films, 183 series and 303 one-offs in both documentary and fiction;
- Earned over 460 national and international award nominations with over 195 wins.
(Based on the number of projects recorded in Snapshot 2009 and Snapshot 2013 including the period of 2003 through to 2013, commissioned by On Screen Manitoba from Nordicity and MFM 2014-2015 annual report):
Specific Examples of Manitoba Production Incentives at work
- From 1995 to 2011, Les Productions Rivard
- Produced 75 projects representing more than 600 hours of original programming in the French language.
- Invested an estimated $50 million locally in job creation, artist fees, accommodation services, and other industry suppliers.
- In 2014-2015 the Manitoba film and video tax credit investment resulted in over 100 productions including the award-winning feature film, Hyena Road and award-winning TV series
Connect with your local candidates Here are some questions and talking points you can use along with the facts above to share your thoughts and hear what your candidates have to say about the media production sector. Describe your role in the media production industry and why it is important to you. Let them know what your job is and how long you have been working in the sector. Let them know you live and contribute to life in your neighbourhood outside of your work. Share some facts about the industry and ask your candidates to respond to the following:
1) Does film and television matter to you? What are your favourite shows? Did you know Manitoba produces over 65 film, television and web productions a year? These shows are sold and watched all over the world. Talk a little about productions you were involved in.
2) How will your party continue to partner with the media production sector and support a strong creative sector in Manitoba? Let them know that Provincial investment in production incentives such as the Manitoba film and video tax credit and the equity fund are effective. They attract over $58M annually in production financing to Manitoba and help create about 1300 jobs annually.
3) Will your party continue to support the Manitoba film and video tax credit, the equity fund and the organizations that provide business development and training support to the media production industry? Let them know that the cuts to the film and video tax credit in Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia resulted in an immediate end to the media production business in those provinces.
- Prior to the cut the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit generated 850 jobs, $44.5M in economic activity and $6.5M in annual tax revenue (Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce 2012).
- Prior to the cut, the Nova Scotia Tax Credit generated $139 million in production spending in 2013-14, supporting 2,700 jobs.
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