City of Toronto  

Living in TorontoDoing businessVisiting TorontoAccessing City Hall
 
All news releases
Last 30 days
By month
Search
   
Newsroom
   
Archived news release by year
  2013
  2012 - 2011 - 2010
  2009 - 2008 - 2007
  2006 - 2005 - 2004
  2003 - 2002 - 2001
  2000 - 1999 - 1998
   
RSS identifier linked to feed RSS
   
   
 
March 5, 2008
Toronto City Council, Film Board oppose Bill C10
  
Today, Toronto City Council has joined with the Toronto Film Board to strongly oppose the Federal government’s Bill C10. The bill, currently scheduled for a third reading before the Senate, contains an amendment that would give the Heritage Minister the right to deny tax credits to productions deemed to have “offensive content.”

Canadian law and the current tax credit system already require Canadian productions to meet high standards of quality and decency. But under the new bill, they would also be subject to a government review of their final product.

“Bill C10 is a serious attack on Canada’s film industry, which is centered in Toronto,” said Mayor David Miller. “This industry is incredibly important to Toronto and if it is to succeed both financially and artistically, it needs to be able to function with clear rules and without political interference or censorship. What is being proposed is very concerning. It will also destabilize the already difficult process of acquiring bank and other financing.”

Last week, the Toronto Film Board passed a similar motion expressing concern about the potential impact of the Bill on filmmakers.

Production companies spent more than $704 million filming on location in Toronto in 2006, and there are over 35,000 people who derive their living from the film and television industry today. Under the current proposal, productions approved for tax credits would have to return the funds if their final product did not meet with government approval. Under this sort of regime almost no financial backer would agree to take the additional risk in an already risky business. Production would rapidly grind to a halt.

“This kind of uncertainty could effectively kill productions across the board,” Mayor Miller added.

The motion in Council also asks the Federal government to conduct consultation nationwide with industry stakeholders on the implications of the proposal, prior to implementing any change to the tax credit system.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Stuart Green, Office of Mayor Miller, 416-338-7119, stugreen@toronto.ca


 

 

Toronto maps | Get involved | Toronto links
© City of Toronto 1998-2017