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Independent producers support C-10 amendments

Canada’s independent film and television producers responded to the proposed amendments to Bill C-10 released yesterday by Senators Francis Fox and Wilfred Moore. These amendments will be introduced by Liberal Senators when the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce proceeds to the clause-by-clause examination of Bill C-10 this fall.

Bill C-10, the omnibus income tax bill before the Senate of Canada, currently includes language that permits any Minister of Canadian Heritage to establish and arbitrarily modify as yet undefined guidelines that determine if a film is “contrary to public policy,” thereby denying federal tax credits that are vital to the financing of productions, after productions have been financed and completed.

“Canada’s independent film and television producers feel that they have been listened to and understood. The proposed amendments to Bill C-10 are fully consistent with Criminal Code compliance recommendations made by the Canadian Film and Television Production Association to the Senate Committee,” said Guy Mayson, President and CEO of the CFTPA. “These amendments to Bill C-10 would help return stability to our industry, which employs more than 124,000 people across Canada.”

The changes being proposed by Senators Francis Fox and Wilfred Moore would:

-Remove the power for the Minister of Heritage to refuse tax credits based on “public policy” or to issue guidelines about film content, while at the same time safeguarding the right to deny funds when the production itself is contrary to the Criminal Code;
-Give producers an efficient judicial appeal mechanism if the Minister blocks or delays funding;
-Continue to prevent government funding of pornography, child pornography, and hate propaganda.

“The CFTPA commends the Senate Committee for undertaking a thorough examination of Bill C-10, considering the views of the CFTPA and Canadian film and television industry and proposing amendments that will restore clarity to the tax credit financing environment,” said Sandra Cunningham, Chair of the Board of the CFTPA. “We look forward to working with the Government and Minister of Canadian Heritage to ensure the vital role of ongoing public support for the creation of distinctly Canadian content and that Bill C-10 is approved with these practical amendments.”

The Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) is a non-profit trade organization that works on behalf of almost 400 companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films, and interactive media products in all regions of Canada. The CFTPA promotes the general interests of members provincially, federally, and internationally; negotiates and manages labour agreements with guilds and unions; administers copyright collectives; trains new industry entrants through several national internship programs; and undertakes a number of other specific initiatives that help increase awareness and enhance communication within the Canadian and international production communities.

Source: Broadcaster Magazine

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Independent producers support C-10 amendments

Canada’s independent film and television producers responded to the proposed amendments to Bill C-10 released yesterday by Senators Francis Fox and Wilfred Moore. These amendments will be introduced by Liberal Senators when the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce proceeds to the clause-by-clause examination of Bill C-10 this fall.

Bill C-10, the omnibus income tax bill before the Senate of Canada, currently includes language that permits any Minister of Canadian Heritage to establish and arbitrarily modify as yet undefined guidelines that determine if a film is “contrary to public policy,” thereby denying federal tax credits that are vital to the financing of productions, after productions have been financed and completed.

“Canada’s independent film and television producers feel that they have been listened to and understood. The proposed amendments to Bill C-10 are fully consistent with Criminal Code compliance recommendations made by the Canadian Film and Television Production Association to the Senate Committee,” said Guy Mayson, President and CEO of the CFTPA. “These amendments to Bill C-10 would help return stability to our industry, which employs more than 124,000 people across Canada.”

The changes being proposed by Senators Francis Fox and Wilfred Moore would:

-Remove the power for the Minister of Heritage to refuse tax credits based on “public policy” or to issue guidelines about film content, while at the same time safeguarding the right to deny funds when the production itself is contrary to the Criminal Code;
-Give producers an efficient judicial appeal mechanism if the Minister blocks or delays funding;
-Continue to prevent government funding of pornography, child pornography, and hate propaganda.

“The CFTPA commends the Senate Committee for undertaking a thorough examination of Bill C-10, considering the views of the CFTPA and Canadian film and television industry and proposing amendments that will restore clarity to the tax credit financing environment,” said Sandra Cunningham, Chair of the Board of the CFTPA. “We look forward to working with the Government and Minister of Canadian Heritage to ensure the vital role of ongoing public support for the creation of distinctly Canadian content and that Bill C-10 is approved with these practical amendments.”

The Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) is a non-profit trade organization that works on behalf of almost 400 companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films, and interactive media products in all regions of Canada. The CFTPA promotes the general interests of members provincially, federally, and internationally; negotiates and manages labour agreements with guilds and unions; administers copyright collectives; trains new industry entrants through several national internship programs; and undertakes a number of other specific initiatives that help increase awareness and enhance communication within the Canadian and international production communities.

Source: Broadcaster Magazine

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Headline, Industry News

Independent producers support C-10 amendments

Canada’s independent film and television producers responded to the proposed amendments to Bill C-10 released yesterday by Senators Francis Fox and Wilfred Moore. These amendments will be introduced by Liberal Senators when the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce proceeds to the clause-by-clause examination of Bill C-10 this fall.

Bill C-10, the omnibus income tax bill before the Senate of Canada, currently includes language that permits any Minister of Canadian Heritage to establish and arbitrarily modify as yet undefined guidelines that determine if a film is “contrary to public policy,” thereby denying federal tax credits that are vital to the financing of productions, after productions have been financed and completed.

“Canada’s independent film and television producers feel that they have been listened to and understood. The proposed amendments to Bill C-10 are fully consistent with Criminal Code compliance recommendations made by the Canadian Film and Television Production Association to the Senate Committee,” said Guy Mayson, President and CEO of the CFTPA. “These amendments to Bill C-10 would help return stability to our industry, which employs more than 124,000 people across Canada.”

The changes being proposed by Senators Francis Fox and Wilfred Moore would:

-Remove the power for the Minister of Heritage to refuse tax credits based on “public policy” or to issue guidelines about film content, while at the same time safeguarding the right to deny funds when the production itself is contrary to the Criminal Code;
-Give producers an efficient judicial appeal mechanism if the Minister blocks or delays funding;
-Continue to prevent government funding of pornography, child pornography, and hate propaganda.

“The CFTPA commends the Senate Committee for undertaking a thorough examination of Bill C-10, considering the views of the CFTPA and Canadian film and television industry and proposing amendments that will restore clarity to the tax credit financing environment,” said Sandra Cunningham, Chair of the Board of the CFTPA. “We look forward to working with the Government and Minister of Canadian Heritage to ensure the vital role of ongoing public support for the creation of distinctly Canadian content and that Bill C-10 is approved with these practical amendments.”

The Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) is a non-profit trade organization that works on behalf of almost 400 companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films, and interactive media products in all regions of Canada. The CFTPA promotes the general interests of members provincially, federally, and internationally; negotiates and manages labour agreements with guilds and unions; administers copyright collectives; trains new industry entrants through several national internship programs; and undertakes a number of other specific initiatives that help increase awareness and enhance communication within the Canadian and international production communities.

Source: Broadcaster Magazine

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