03/30/2016 10:59 EDT | Updated 03/31/2017 01:12 EDT

Figures suggest people in Nova Scotia film industry working less, earning less

HALIFAX — A new report says people in the Nova Scotia film industry are working fewer days and making far less money since the provincial government eliminated a controversial tax credit.

The Atlantic council of the Directors Guild of Canada says employment statistics show a sharp reduction in salaries and total days worked by its Nova Scotia members last year.

It found that members made $5.9 million in salaries in 2014, compared to $3.1 million last year.

Members also saw the number of days they worked drop to 6,500 last year from 12,000 days the year before.

The group is linking the decline to the elimination of the Film and Television Labour Tax Credit last April, which it claims has made the province uncompetitive compared to other production centres in Canada and around the world.

The guild says an incentive fund that replaced the tax credit is too intricate and has not stemmed the loss of film work in the province.

The Canadian Press