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Gander: doing business in the 21st Century. Recent studies comparing start-up and operating costs in North American and European centers show that Canada is the most cost-effective country in which to do business. With a 5.4% cost advantage over the United States, Canada offers a significant advantage for business. Those that choose to operate in Gander will benefit from an even greater cost advantage over U.S. competitors, at 10.3%.

 Provincial Film and Video Tax Credit 
 Gander Got Game 
 Media Centre 
 Additional Support 

The Newfoundland & Labrador Film and Video Tax Credit

The Newfoundland and Labrador Film and Video Industry Tax Credit is a fully refundable corporate income tax credit administered by the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation (NLFDC) for the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Finance. The program encourages the development, training and hiring of Newfoundland film personnel in all disciplines.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Film Tax Credit is a provincial corporate tax credit.

The tax credit provides incentives to the private film and television production industry to create economic growth in the Province.

The credit is based on a calculation of eligible labor limited to the lesser of 25% of the total eligible budget or 40% of the total eligible labor expenditures.

Once the production company's final audited cost report breaking out the eligible Newfoundland and Labrador labor expenditure is submitted for review, the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Finance may issue a certificate to be filed with the production company's corporate tax return.

The credit may also be considered as part of a producer's equity in a given production.

At least 25% of the total salaries and wages must be paid in Newfoundland and Labrador to eligible employees.

Delivery Agency
Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation.

Tax Credit Rate
Lesser of 40% of eligible Newfoundland and Labrador labor expenditures or 25% of total production costs of an eligible project with no maximum.

Bonus Features
40% rate for all eligible projects; waiver of residency (if applicable).

Effective Rates
25% of total production costs of an eligible project.

Eligible Companies or Individuals
Must be incorporated under the Corporations Act or an Act of the Parliament of Canada or of the legislature of a province. Must have permanent establishment in the Province. Must have total assets of less than $25 million. It shall primarily carry on the business of film, television or video production.

Broadcaster / Cable Eligibility
Broadcasters / cable companies are not eligible.

Corporate Cap
$2-million / 12-month period.

Project Criteria
At least 25% of salaries and wages paid by the corporation with respect to an eligible project shall be paid in the province to eligible employees.

Deductions from Total Eligible Expenses
Total production costs reduced by government assistance (other than government equity investment provided by the Canada Television and Cable Production Fund, Telefilm Canada, Enterprise Newfoundland and Labrador Corporation or the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation that is recoupable or repaid; and 'an amount' received or receivable under the Canada Television and Cable Production Fund License Fee Program).

Program Cap

Project Cap
$1-million / 12-month period.

User Fees

Financing Features
Credit is refundable.


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Gander Got Game

This office is only in its infancy, but we're making huge strides to attract and build the film industry, and this region has a number of advantages for your film production needs: more than adequate accommodations for large scale productions; beautiful, diverse settings that serve as adequate doubles for Ireland, Scotland, the Eastern Seaboard and Northern Outposts; vibrant community theatre, a favorable exchange rate on the Canadian dollar and a supportive community, with a proven track record as a film production location; and an International Airport three minutes from downtown Gander.

We are under no illusions when it comes to securing your feature films, television series or commercials to be filmed in this region. There’s no doubt it's a competitive business, and we'll have to work that much harder to convince you and your production team that Gander and the Kittiwake Coast is the best choice. We now have the tools that we believe give us the edge. Check into the possibilities of producing your next film here, and together, we can make it happen. It all starts with a phone call, 709.651.5961 or Toll Free 1.877.919.9979.

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Media Centre

The Town of Gander is fortunate to have a talented team of Media Developers that design and produce a range of high quality print and electronic marketing materials for use in presentations within the film and entertainment industry. These marketing packages have met, and in most cases exceeded, original expectations. The products they have created include several professional press kits, promotional videos and comprehensive web sites. These materials have been very well received by industry representatives across Canada, in the U.S. and Europe.

The Media Centre routinely produces:

• Film industry one-sheets and press packages for feature films
• Product branding
• Website and internet promotions
• Interactive CD-ROMs
• Design and layout for print
• Instruction and educational workshops

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Additional Support

The Gander Economic Development Department web site has a variety of helpful programs and incentives to make your job easier. Browse the 'Incentives' section to view the programs.


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