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Super Nova

With both attractive locales and tax incentives, Canada’s Nova Scotia province offers beauty with economy

With scenic beauty and generous incentives Nova Scotia is a place where stories come to life. Located on the east coast of Canada, the impressive locations, infrastructure, and a tax credit of between 50 and 65 per cent of eligible labour costs together make the province a tempting place to make films.

Nova Scotia is one of the largest production centres in Canada compared to the more popularly known destinations like Toronto, Montreal and British Columbia and has a track record for delivering excellence to filmmakers, both in terms of production value and quality, and all at a very competitive price.

Nova Scotia is one of Canada’s three Maritime Provinces and is its second-smallest province. It has one of the fastest economies in Canada which is largely based on the local fishing industry. Peggys Cove, a small rural community, Halifax the provincial capital, and Lunenburg, a port town, are one of the best destinations in North America.

Halifax, the capital city, has it all from the skyline at night to historic properties. Sambro Island Lighthouse, Maritime Museum and the Argyle Street are some of the many attractions of this metropolitan.

This picturesque destination is green and provides landscapes, which have been preserved for years. The colourful locations appear dazzling on reel. To bring in more revenue, the film commission of the province provides tempting incentives for co-productions.


Nova Scotia’s climate is largely defined by the sea, which almost entirely surrounds the province. Coastal locations tend to be several degrees cooler than inland locations due to the cooling effect of the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Fundy.

A breakdown of the seasons in Nova Scotia is as follows:


Very green with trees and plants in bloom and mild daily temperatures in the 10 to 15 degrees Celsius range.


The warmest season of the year with average daily temperatures in the 20 to 25 degrees Celsius range


Very colourful, with leaves changing from green to a medley of vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. Cooler temperatures averaging in the 10 to 15 degrees Celsius range in October and early November and the 0 to 10 degrees Celsius range in late November and December


This is the coldest season of the year with average temperatures ranging from -1 to -15 degrees Celsius. Snow is typically present during this time

Tax Credit

Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit

This programme is a fully refundable corporate income tax credit. It is a labour-based credit that encourages the development, training and hiring of Nova Scotia film personnel in all disciplines. Film Nova Scotia administers this programme on behalf of the Nova Scotia Department of Finance. The credit ranges from 50 per cent to 65 per cent.

• Eligibility

• The Tax Credit is available to qualifying productions and co-productions produced and/or shot in Nova Scotia. Production companies applying for the Tax Credit must have a permanent establishment in Nova Scotia (a fixed place of business, a production office, a branch) and must be incorporated under the laws of Nova Scotia, another province of Canada, or Canada.

• There is no limit on the size of the production budget, no corporate or asset cap, and no Canadian content or copyright ownership requirements associated with this Tax Credit.

• Calculations

• The Tax Credit is calculated as the lesser of 50 per cent of eligible Nova Scotia labour or 25 per cent of the total production costs for productions that occur in the Halifax region (Metro Halifax) or the lesser of 60 per cent of eligible Nova Scotia labour or 30 per cent of total production costs for productions that occur in other regions of the province.

• Eligible Geographic Areas (EGA) of the province are considered locations that are located 30 km driving distance or more from Halifax City Hall. If less than 50 per cent of the days of principal photography are shot outside Metro Halifax, the Regional bonus is prorated based on the number of days principal photography is shot outside the Halifax Region.

HST Rebate

The Harmonized Sales Tax or HST is a 15 per cent value-added tax. This is added to the cost of virtually all goods and services, except employee payroll and certain groceries, acquired in Nova Scotia for use in film production.Production companies that do not normally carry on business in Canada are entitled to recover the HST paid on goods or services acquired for consumption or use exclusively in the production of copyrighted work. All copies of the work must be exported. Production companies filming in Nova Scotia must be HST registered to recoup taxes paid.

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