March 22, 2023 – Saint John, NB – On behalf of the ArtsLink NB membership, we wish to express our disappointment that further investment in the film industry was omitted from the 2023-24 budget presented on March 21, 2023.
Last year’s budget increase of $2.5 million to support the film, television, and new media industries, was a step forward after many years of stagnation. However, the stated intention to increase the annual investment to $20 million by the year 2026 has not been upheld.
The film industry is an integral part of New Brunswick’s cultural fabric and contributes significantly to the economy. The industry provides jobs and stimulates economic growth while showcasing the unique culture and heritage of our province to audiences around the world. It is disheartening to see the provincial government not prioritize the clear value of this industry.
Other provinces across Canada have recognized the significance of the film industry and have implemented robust funding and tax credit programs. These programs have attracted major productions to their regions, creating jobs and economic opportunities for local communities. New Brunswick is missing out on these opportunities and risks falling further behind.
We urge the provincial government to respect its original commitment to the film industry and prioritize financial support and industry incentives in future budgets. Doing so will ensure that New Brunswick remains competitive and that this important sector can thrive once again.
About ArtsLink NB:
ArtsLink NB is a member-based arts service organization, founded in 2009 to advance the arts in New Brunswick by linking and unifying artists and arts organizations and promoting their value. We represent New Brunswick artists of all disciplines from across the province.
Julie Whitenect, Executive Director, ArtsLink NB