Canada provides tax credits for non-Canadian projects that are made in the country. Commercial productions are not eligible. The incentive targets cinema and film, scripted TV, animation, and visual effects.
Depending on the Canadian province, foreign producers can access combined federal and provincial tax credits on eligible labour and on local qualifying spend.
The refundable federal tax credit is equal to 16 % of the qualifying labour paid to Canadian residents during the making of a qualified production, net of any 'assistance' which includes the various provincial tax incentives.
The province of Quebec offers 20% of qualifying Québec Labour and other non-labour expenditures (qualified goods and services).
The province of British Colombia (BC) offers 33% of qualifying BC labour expenditures.
Visual Effects and Animation Tax Credits
British Columbia and Quebec are the 2 provinces offering very attractive tax incentives for visual effects and animation.
Quebec offers 16% tax incentive for labor-based computer-aided special effects and animation & shooting of scenes in front of a chroma key screen.
In BC, the Digital Animation or Visual Effects (DAVE) Credit is 17.5% of qualifying DAVE labour.
Minimum Budget Requirement
Feature: Total Film Budget $1M CAD (Global budget)
- 31 minutes and over: $200,000 per episode.
- Under 30 minutes: $ 100,000 per episode.
Contact us to further explore how your next project can qualify.
Canada, a land of vast territories, filled with numerous lakes, breathtaking mountains, and majestic forests where one can breathe deeply while taking in the northern wilderness. Known for its geographic diversity, in Canada you can easily transition from scenes in striking nature to engaging urban landscapes. The countryâ€™s distinct seasons showcase captivating landscapes; dazzling summer images in stark contrast to the shades of winter.
The reasons are many why Canada remains a top international filming location - with Vancouver and Montreal directly competing with Los Angeles and New York. Year after year, we continually host many of the most renowned directors and crews from around the world.
With offices in Montreal and Vancouver, we cover all of Canada. We will find the location that best suits your needs. Cityscapes, mountaintops, dirt roads, city streets, fields, and icebergs â€“ We will find your perfect location is here.
Montreal is one of the oldest cities in North America. It combines old European continental charm with a more casual modern flair. The city easily doubles for many different parts of the world, including Europe and America.
Vancouver, a coastal gem, offers direct access to the Pacific Ocean as well as to the nearby breathtaking Rocky Mountains. In one day of shooting, you can easily combine a modern urban concept with one based in the countryside.
Montreal and Vancouver are cosmopolitan cities. Casting is made easy from the diverse pool of workers; young or old, any origin, any look--we can easily find your actors.
You have special effects in mind for your project? We can provide motion controlled or speed arms, food stylists, and prop masters. We cater to any request and address any operational or logistical concern. Specialized crews and cutting-edge equipment are available for both car and tabletop shoots. We have access to the latest technologies and state-of the-art equipment, all operated by A-list technicians. Both cities offer remarkable sound stages to build sets.
Several major American studios and big-budget productions have built a tradition of coming here because Canada has continually provided them access to consistent excellence. We provide them with exactly what they are looking for: expertise in front and behind the camera that mirrors their domestic skill set while also offering cost relief.
With the continuous request to service long-form format, weâ€™ve built the proper in-house infrastructure to service large-scale studio or location-based productions. We are now well equipped to produce a wide range of primetime comedy or drama series, television movies, and feature films. We are now staffed with experts in project development, production, legal and business affairs, financial structuring for Canadian tax credit collection, and government and union relations to better service the scripted narrative format.
We will be your partners and will work within your budget. We have established longstanding rapports within the country that will allow for the most cost- effective solutions for any project. With the ability to leverage the American dollarâ€™s strength in Canada, production values and efficiencies can be estimated and executed. Estimates and location proposals will be provided in a timely manner.
We can offer assistance not only with content collaboration and pitching but also provide consultation for all travel logistics, including visas, and accommodation.
Collaborating closely with our clients, we have developed a reputation over the years for achieving difficult and ambitious shoot settings. No wonder production companies such as 1st Ave Machine, Psyop, Tool of North America, Iconoclast, Digital Domain, MPC, and Felix and Paul Studios have chosen to work with us â€“ not only to showcase Canadaâ€™s natural beauty but also provide them with the confidence of a high standard shoot.
Mathieu Dumont has managed hundreds of productions, including commercials, documentaries, music videos, TV series, full-length films, and videos over the past 16 years. He has been in charge of numerous shoots in Canada but also in more than 25 countries all over the world, proving each time he can take on any sort of challenge with brio. Read more...
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