In January of 2016, the Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA) undertook a process of consultation to help understand and identify the needs of the media production industry professionals in Saskatchewan. This process was an update and extension of similar work done in 2014.
This year’s report reveals a picture of a divided Saskatchewan media production community. Individuals who directly access funding such as employers demonstrate greater expectations for an increase in industry productions and stability in the coming year; however, the outlook is still declining amongst those who work for them or want to work for them. Just over 38% of industry members still in Saskatchewan are currently unemployed or working in another industry with 26% of those who remain anticipating that they may have to move out of province within the year.
The big picture challenges identified for the industry as a whole remain lack of work and lack of funding. To address these, the industry has once again overwhelming identified regular work and additional funding as their immediate needs. In order to move forward and maximize its economic potential, the industry requires support that ensures a competitive incentive program, strong labour force, and the infrastructure to support film production, combined with the active marketing of all three.
“Some progress has been made and as a result, some people are feeling better about the future”, said Nova Alberts, SMPIA President, “but our community has spoken clearly regarding the challenges they still face and what needs to be done to move our industry forward.”
Read the entire consultation report here.
For more information, contact:
Kim Elaschuk, Communications and Outreach Officer, SMPIA
In January of 2014, the Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA) undertook a process of consultation to help understand and identify the needs of the remaining media production industry professionals in Saskatchewan. The association received 218 responses from individuals, businesses and support organizations and compiled a comprehensive report on the information that was collected.
The consultation revealed that over 40% of industry members still in Saskatchewan are currently unemployed or working in another industry with 34% of those who remain anticipating that they may have to move out of province within the year. The big picture challenges for the industry as a whole can be summarized as workforce retention and infrastructure preservation. To address these, the industry has overwhelmingly identified regular work and funding changes as their immediate needs.
The full report is available here: SMPIA Consultation Report
In the past, each direct job in the film and television industry has accounted for the creation of an additional 1.96 jobs within the province in related industries.
A 10 million dollar production generated:
The average jobs created by industry in Saskatchewan 1540/year. Jobs created in 2010/2011 = 900
In 2010/11 “BC, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan all experienced growth in their volumes of theatrical production”. Production volumes from 2010/2011 increased 53% percent from 2009/10 (includes non-SFETC projects)
– In 2004, a combination of service and local production topped $67 million, which in turn generated $50 million in direct expenditures in the province. SFETC Spend = $7,591,064 in tax credit.
– In 2005, a combination of service and local production topped $57 million, which in turn generated approximately $42.5 million in direct expenditures in the province.
– In 2006/2007, film and video production related to the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit was over $54 million. Although down from $57 million the previous year, it had a greater impact on the provincial economy due to increased employment of Saskatchewan residents. In 2006/2007, full-time equivalent jobs increased by 22% to 1,029 from 843 jobs the previous year.
– During the 2006/2007 year, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Recreation for Saskatchewan signed 33 certificates, which totaled $10,357,562; an increase of 43% over the previous year. The total production volume relating to SFETC applications was $54,068,542.
– In 2007/2008, through a careful balance of indigenous and visiting production, the industry generated total production volumes relating to SFETC applications of $64,232,591; an increase of 20% over the previous year. The Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport for Saskatchewan signed 41 certificates, which totaled $15,657,355.
– In 2008/2009, in spite of a global economic downturn in film and television production worldwide, Saskatchewan’s film and television industry generated $62 million in total production volumes.
– In 2008/09, the film and television industry continued to return economic benefits across the province through production in the province’s cities, towns and rural communities, including: Kipling, Wolseley, Moose Jaw, Bethune, Rouleau, Duck Lake, Indian Head, Craven, Regina and Saskatoon
– In 2008/2009, the total production volume relating to SFETC applications was estimated to be $61,846,980. The Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport signed 42 certificates, which totalled $11,498,027.
– The film and television industry continues to return economic benefits across the province through production in the province’s cities, towns and rural communities; the total economic impact for the 2009/2010 fiscal year was $24,810,712
– In 2009/2010, The Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport signed 48 certificates totaling $12,452,590, an increase of 8% over the year previous.
– Saskatchewan’s film and television industry continues to return economic benefits across the province through production; the total economic impact for the 2010/2011 fiscal year is estimated to be $37,157,438.
– In 2010/2011, the Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport signed 39 certificates totaling $8,654,415. Production volumes totalled $28,596,665 representing a 31% increase over the previous fiscal year (SFETC projects).