Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff has joined mayors of Stratford, Windsor, London, Sarnia and St. Thomas in calling for the provincial government to provide tax incentives to help promote the film and television industry in this part of the province.
Municipal officials say the group, under the banner of MOSO (Mayors of Southwestern Ontario), wants this region to enjoy the same benefits as the Greater Toronto Area and Northern Ontario.
A letter was sent by the group to Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.
“We have a dedicated group of individuals who make films in Chatham-Kent,” Mayor Canniff said in a media release.
“The Chatham Kent International Film Festival just completed its second year and had a 34 per cent increase in the number of entries.”
Due to COVID19 restrictions, the group held the festival at The Boonies Drive-In Theatre in Tilbury, Municipal officials say.
“We have talented directors, producers, actors and companies that can provide support,” he said. “We’re just looking for a level playing field.”