To search a database of grants, loans and financing programs relating to the film & video industry available from the Federal Government, visit the Canadian Heritage website. Government assistance is also available at the Provincial level to support film-making, with an increased focus in digital media production to help position the B.C. film, television and digital media industry for promising new markets. Tax credit programs and other financial assistance funds available to individuals and organizations in this industry are outlined below.
Film Incentive BC (FIBC) Tax Credits provides Canadian companies with labour based tax incentives. Provides refundable tax credits based on eligible B.C. labour costs. This tax credit is designed to encourage film, television, digital animation, and visual effects production in British Columbia.
Production Service Tax Credit (PSTC) is available at a rate of 33 % of the qualified Canadian labour expenditures incurred in an accredited production. This credit is available to domestic and international companies, with an additional 17.5% tax credit available for labour related to digital animation, visual effects and post-production.
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC) is available at a rate of 25 % of the qualified labour expenditure of an eligible production. To be eligible for the CPTC, the applicant must be a Canadian-owned, taxable corporation that is primarily in the business of Canadian film or video production.
National Film Board of Canada provides technical services and support. Assistance is offered in the form of technical services, up to a maximum cash value of $3,000 or $5,000 depending on the region in which you reside.
Telefilm Canada – Canadian Feature Film Fund (CFFF) is designed to support the production of Canadian feature films with the strongest box office potential. Telefilm will encourage diversity in feature film production by supporting a range of genres, budgets, companies and regions.
Canada Media Fund (CMF) is a not-for-profit corporation that delivers $375 million in funding annually to support the Canadian television and digital media industries through two streams of funding. One of which is the Convergent Stream, which supports the creation of convergent television and digital media content for consumption by Canadians anytime, anywhere.
Passport to Markets provides financial support to B.C. film and television companies so that they can attend international markets, and co-production conferences/exchanges. This fund helps offset travel, accommodation, and registration expenses.
The Project Development Fund provides “market triggered” development financing to B.C. owned and controlled production companies for individual projects. Applications are evaluated on a first come/first served basis, and funding is available until the budget for the program is expended. A non-recoupable advance, matching up to 50% of the eligible triggering agent commitment is available. Please note that international treaty or interprovincial co-productions are eligible under this program.
The Digital Media Development Envelope provides market triggered development financing to B.C. owned and controlled projects – funding is available until the budget for the program is expended. A non-recoupable advance, matching up to 50% of the eligible triggering agent commitment is available.
CBC Regional Programming Development Fund can provide expert business mentoring and resources, as well as funds. These range from $5-15k to support production of new, one-hour documentary, music, and comedy programs via the Absolutely Canadian program (formerly called Regional Programming Development Fund or RPDF).
Interactive Fund supports the production of high quality, original, interactive digital media content owned and controlled by B.C. companies or individuals. The funding is a non-recoupable advance of up to $50,000 and does not require matching funding or market support to trigger eligibility.
The Canada Council for the Arts provides research, creation, production and dissemination support to artists, organizations, groups and independent collectives in film, video, new media and audio. Grants, Endowments and Prizes are available for artists and art organizations.
Use our Funding Portal to search a database of all grants, loans and financing available to Film companies.