Type of Program:



The Ontario Creates Film Fund, Development Stream is intended to support development activities that lead to the production of domestic feature film in Ontario. The Film Fund provides support to Ontario producers for all stages of development activities.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $25,000 for the selected stage of development.
Ontario Creates support cannot exceed 75% of the budget for the selected development stage.
Ontario Creates’ contribution is an interest-free loan, which must be repaid at the commencement of principle photography.

When It Ends:

Closed for 2021


2022 deadlines to be determined


Eligible applicants must:

  • production companies;
  • individual producers.

Production companies must:

  • incorporated in Ontario or incorporated federally and registered in Ontario;
  • Ontario-based: 
  • have a permanent establishment in Ontario which serves as head office and base of operations (i.e. applicant is eligible to pay corporate income taxes in Ontario and Ontario address is listed as head office in T2 filing); and,
  • be able to demonstrate that they had a permanent establishment in Ontario for at least one year prior to the deadline. 
  • a Canadian-owned and controlled organization as defined in the Investment Canada Act (Canada);  
  • in good standing with Ontario Creates at time of application submission (applicant companies and any associated production entity).

Individual producers must:

  • be Ontario residents and Canadian citizens within the definition of the Citizenship Act or permanent residents within the definition of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada);
  • have previously produced at least one of: a dramatic or documentary feature film theatrically released in Canada; a television movie; a dramatic or documentary series; or, two one-hour documentaries that have been broadcast in Canada.

Ontario Creates will consider applications from producers who do not meet the above minimum applicant producer requirements provided that they can demonstrate in writing the attachment to the project of an Ontario based executive producer who does meet the above qualifications. In this instance, applicants are required to seek pre-approval of the executive producer by Ontario Creates prior to application.

Applications Steps:


submit their application to Ontario Creates electronically through the Online Application Portal (OAP) later than 5:00 pm ET on the applicable deadline;


create a user account on the OAP and click on “Register”;

Applications will be evaluated on a continuous basis. Decisions will be announced 8 to 12 weeks after the application has been submitted; Successful applicants must accept and sign an agreement within one month of notification.

Other Things to Note:

Check their website for 2022 - 2023 Film Fund updates for all funding streams.


About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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