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Newfoundland and Labrador is internationally renowned for its arts and culture community, as musicians, comedians, visual artists, actors and other artistic leaders from this province consistently make their mark around the world.
“The calibre of creativity coming from our small population here in Newfoundland and Labrador is impressive. Music, arts, storytelling – it’s our culture, and our government will promote creative and cultural industries to help them grow in our evolving economy,” said Premier Andrew Furey.
A Furey government will create an Advisory Council on Creative and Cultural Industries, uniting leaders from across the arts and culture community to develop a comprehensive plan for its future, and to advise the Department of Tourism, Arts and Recreation on how best to grow the sector.
For making these investments, our government will establish partnerships and strategic collaborations with entertainment industry players and work with local organizations like Business and Arts NL to maximize the potential of cooperation with the private sector.
We will also develop CreateNL, a digital portal to promote opportunities in the province’s creative industries and help connect customers and employers with the wealth of local talent.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s film and television industry continues to grow, creating good, skilled jobs and generating investment from outside the province.
“Our government will invest in modernizing arts and cultural infrastructure across the province, including investing in infrastructure, enhancing the equity and tax credit programs to ensure we have one of the most competitive spaces in order to capture more of the potential value in film and television production, said Premier Furey.
“Productions want to come here to shoot, and we want to help more of them do it,” he added.
The Furey government will consult with stakeholders in the film and television industry to create a competitive local labour and spend tax credit program, to generate jobs and economic opportunity across the province by attracting large-scale productions.