Alberta film grants abused: watchdog
EDMONTON — Alberta’s auditor general said the province’s multimillion-dollar grant program for film and TV productions has been abused because of loose rules and poor oversight.
Merwan Saher said grant recipients have been breaking the rules by hiring people and buying services from out of province — and he said one person claimed salary expenses on the set for three different jobs.
The $43-million Alberta Production Grant disallowed out-of-province spending, but Saher said the Tourism Department told him their rules on ineligible spending were so loose, they couldn’t enforce them. — CP