The Canadian province of Alberta has been the location for some of the most popular Hollywood films and TV series, such as Ghostbusters, Interstellar and Fargo. Now the provincial government of Alberta has announced that it would be investing more in the film and TV sector. According to Alberta’s Minister of Jobs Doug Schweitzer, the film industry in the province has doubled in production value and now it is becoming one of the fastest growing industries in the province.
Alberta has set aside $70 million in the budget for the Film and Television Tax Credit Program for 2022 to 2023 and 225 million through 2024 to 2025. With these investments, Alberta aims to increase the film sector by $1.5 billion over the next decade. Alberta launched the Film and Television Tax Credit in January 2020. It provides a refundable Alberta tax credit certificate on production and labour costs to film producers. Since its launch, it has attracted 62 productions to Alberta and these would be spending $621 million in the province and generating more than 12500 direct and indirect jobs.
Alberta has created an exclusive work permit class to make it easier for production workers to work in Canada. Those workers who prove their eligibility for the TV and Film Production Work Permit Category will be exempted from Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
Work permit and visas for film production workers
The entertainment industry in Canada is booming like never before. The country has realised that the industry is vital for attracting investments and creating jobs in Canada. But the pace of growth is so high that it is impossible to produce the required talent internally. So immigration will be the only solution for the industry to sustain the current growth rate.
Those who have the film making skills and experience can earn a Canada PR visa through Provincial Nominee Program or Federal Skilled Worker Program. Obtaining a PR visa is also the best option for those who have specialised in visual effects or animation.